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The Villager Magazine – August 2017
Wow!! what a month, and what a fantastic Centenary weekend celebration!!
The fun all kicked off in style under rather cloudy skies on Friday 14th when a group of 30 children from Walton Oak School and 30 children from Bell Farm school came for a Treasure Hunt around the village taking in much of the history of the village and having great time…
Fortunately, the rain stayed away, and we received wonderful feedback from the teachers and children. In fact to quote two of the children…one said ‘This is the best day ever’ and another asked …’is there a spare cottage because I would love to live here?’
Unfortunately we weren’t quite so lucky with the weather on Village Fayre Day, but the rain certainly didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of everyone involved and clearly a great time was had by all. This was my first Village Fayre and I really enjoyed the day, and it was great to see everyone coming together in a day of fun and celebration. Well done to the Village Fayre
Committee and to all the helpers and volunteers that helped to make the day such a success.
…So to the final day of the weekend, and what a festival of music we all enjoyed on Sunday 16th. It was like our own little Glastonbury but without the mud!! I would like to say a big thank you to Claire and Natalie in the events office for all their hard work in making the event such a huge success. It was so nice to see residents and staff all coming together for a day of fun and celebration. A personal highlight was watching Pearl Wilkinson from Huntley House release the 100 balloons representing a 100 years. With nearly 400 picnics served, Caterplus did a wonderful job and the strawberries and cream were delicious too! Thank you also to Sylvie and the team that worked so hard keeping the drinks flowing throughout the day.
Cheers to you all, and here’s to the next 100 years!!
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The Villager Magazine – July 2017
I am writing this whilst flicking through the fantastic pictures that Chris, Bruce and Rick took at the Annual Whiteley Races Event on Sunday 11th June.
Once again the sun shone on the Village and with just under 300 runners taking part, we managed to raise great awareness and funds for Village. I look forward to sharing with you the final figure raised in the August magazine.
I would like to personally thank all of the Volunteers that assisted in making the event a great success. From the car park, registration, tombola, photos to marshalling on the course, it wouldn’t have been possible without you! Turn to page 26 to see highlights of the day.
Later that week I joined more Village fun with the Villagers taking on the Trustees/Staff in a Golf
Competition, everyone had a great afternoon!
I am particularly looking forward to July with 2 great events in the diary!
The Village Fayre on 15th and The Centenary Music Celebrations on 16th. If you haven’t RSVP’d as yet for the 16th, you still have a couple of days. I look forward to seeing you then.
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The Villager Magazine – June 2017 : Summer Months
The summer months are officially upon us, and I find myself sat in my office looking out at a very damp, cold and overcast scene, but still very excited and optimistic about the summer ahead at Whiteley. June brings with it the first of our major annual events with the Whiteley races on Sunday 11th June.
As Head of Hospitality I felt inspired to join in the challenge and despite my efforts to sign up for the 1KM scoot, bike and fun run, I have now rather alarmingly committed myself to running in the 5Km race around the village. In an attempt to stave off the embarrassment of potentially failing to complete the first 500 meters without stopping, I thought it sensible to undertake a bit of training for the big day.
With this in mind I approached a ‘fellow runner’ Mike Askew our new Head of IT for some moral support in training and we set about pounding the streets and woodlands of Whiteley Village in an attempt to get in shape. On completion of our first ‘run-out’ last Thursday we finished at the Admin Building and looking very beetroot faced and barely able to speak I thanked Mike for joining me. Looking like he had just strolled down from the clubhouse, smiling and chatting away, Mike chose this moment to tell me that he had run five Marathons earlier in his career,
most recently in Paris in 2013!! I think I might be a bit out of my depth!!
So please do come out and support all the runners on the day. It should be great fun and we’d love to see you there…. the more the merrier….let’s face it, I think I’m going to need all the support I can get!!
Finally, on the subject of support, thank you again for all your input to the magazine this
month. We are now in the position of trying to find space for all the articles and will do all we can to include as many as possible. Apologies if were unable to include your article this month, we will do everything in our power to include you in the July edition.
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The Villager Magazine – May 2017 : Where is the year going?
Goodness where is the year going? I am just preparing (actually I am secretly in training) for my initial bowl of the season. This will be my fourth opening bowl at Whiteley and it amazes me that these annual traditions seem to come around so quickly. In other ways time
I had hoped to have been writing to you by now with news of when the work will start on building our fabulous new care hub facility. We have been working very hard on this and the other elements of the new facilities for well over 18 months and as we all know, its living
with uncertainty that is unsettling and appears to make time drag.
I am keeping all fingers and toes crossed for news by the next magazine, though I may need to ensure they are uncrossed for my bowling appearance as crossed digits could severely hamper my winning streak!
Good luck to all the clubs who are starting their summer seasons. I wish everyone a successful, and warm, summer.
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The Villager Magazine – April 2017 Memories: A Joy to Share.
A funny thing happened to me recently when I was out enjoying myself in London. I was listening to a little jazz in a well-known establishment, when low and behold I was accosted by a Whiteley resident out on his 80th Birthday treat with his wife. I think it was a surprise for all of us! This chance encounter provided an opportunity for me to hear stories about when this kind of night out was a treat for him at the end of a working week. The memories obviously brought pleasure and great nostalgia for days gone by.
Connections with long forgotten times and places often bring much unexpected joy, and sharing them is an important part of the pleasure. None more so than evidenced recently by another one of our residents who was taken literally on a trip down memory lane to find her old home. She couldn’t locate the exact home in which she lived, but found the house her Mum was born in, the church where her Mum married and she herself was christened. All topped off, so I am told, by lunch in The Bat and Ball pub where she remembers going with her sister and sitting outside with pop and a packet of crisps.
And finally we hope to be creating some more memories this month as we say goodbye to our long standing County Councillor Margaret Hicks, who has served the borough and Whiteley so well over the last 29 years. We will be hosting a small celebration for her at Huntley House onApril 22nd and anyone who wants to come and wish Margaret well, and share any memories, would be most welcome. We sincerely hope she will remember Whiteley as a special place full of good times long into her retirement and we look forward to you helping her mark this occasion. Please let Tracey know on 825844 so we can ensure there is sufficient cake to share too!
Whiteley Village plans expansion for additional 150 people as waiting list for longer life grows longer!
Women residents of Whiteley Village in Walton on Thames – a retirement community for people of limited financial means – enjoy a longevity boost of up to 5 years compared to the general population, research has shown.
With demand for accommodation at Whiteley Village at its highest and a wait-list of over one year, the Whiteley Village Trust is now applying for planning to build an additional 62 almshouses, a new care hub providing an extra 30 care suites, and extra care flats. If approved, the planning will enable an extra 150 older people in desperate need of accommodation to live at Whiteley.
Run by The Whiteley Homes Trust (Charity Patron: HRH the Prince of Wales), in 2017 Whiteley Village celebrates 100 years of providing housing, care and support for retired people of limited means. The village is home to around 500 residents ranging in age from 65-106, the majority of whom live independently in almshouses, with additional support available to meet people’s changing needs over time, with extra-care apartments, a residential home and a nursing home. Most residents rely on housing benefit to pay the cost of renting their accommodation. In many cases the Whiteley Homes Trust subsidises those whose accommodation and care needs are not fully met by the state.
Chandra McGowan, Chief Executive of The Whiteley Homes Trust comments: “For 100 years, Whiteley Village has supported older people to live as independently as possible. Our one-stop-shop solution brings together suitable accommodation and care on one site, and this enables our residents to live independently for longer.
“Our strength of community is a key driver to the longevity boost identified by the research from Cass Business School. Every day we see our residents helping each other and this inter-dependence is very important to everyone’s well-being. People living at Whiteley Village tell us they feel safe, connected and cared for, underpinned by the security of having their ‘own home’. For many this removes a huge amount of anxiety given their housing situation prior to arrival. The Whiteley example provides positive insight into much needed proactive solutions for our ageing society.”
Analysing 100 years’ worth of residents’ records, the Cass findings suggest that Whiteley Village sets a good example of how retirement village living is capable of combating the negative effects on health and social well-being, especially when it comes to low economic means and isolation. This approach could help in the Government’s aim to reduce mortality inequalities amongst lower socio-economic groups.
Professor Les Mayhew, Professor of Statistics at Cass Business School, said: “It is well established that people classified as having a low socio-economic status tend to have a lower life expectancy than the average member of the population, but instead we found the opposite at Whiteley. One of our main results is that we show that female residents actually receive a longevity boost from retirement village life, and that life expectancy for males reaches a similar level to that of the general population.
“The undoubted lesson of Whiteley is that it is possible to create a socially stimulating and safe environment in which older people can enjoy a longer retirement in peace and comfort compared to that experienced by individuals of similar backgrounds in the general population.”
In the UK the population over age 65 is projected to increase by more than 40%, to over 16 million, during the next 17 years. With the population ageing so rapidly, finding ways in which the older population can live their later lives in relative health and comfort has become an increasingly important issue in the UK.
There is considerable interest in creating more retirement villages in the UK to offer housing and care for the increasing numbers of older people who are attracted to this type of retirement living. The benefits of communal living in later life – which include enhanced quality of life, reduced social isolation and greater independence – are of immense significance because of continuously rising cost pressures on health and social care.
This month sees the launch of The Whiteley Foundation for Ageing Well, as the Trust is keen to share what it has learned and invite collaboration from Government, policy makers, academics and commercial organisations to explore potential solutions for future policy on care, wellbeing, inequality and housing in later life.
To download a copy of the Press Release please click HERE.
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The Villager Magazine – March 2017
I am writing this piece on a Sunday morning, watching the birds in the garden preparing nests and gathering food. It certainly means that spring is on its way! It’s also a reminder of the natural rhythms of the world in which we live and how we share experiences, such as the changing of the seasons, whatever our circumstances.
The research we launched with the Cass Business School last month has also brought about a change in which we can all share. The awareness that Whiteley is a special place and has profound effects on people’s lives, particularly in terms of living longer is no longer our own secret belief, but a proven fact. Our resident’s surveys in both 2015 and 2016 were indicators that between 70 – 75% of people living here felt that we had something to share about life here that would be of benefit to others. We have now started to do this through the Cass research. Though we don’t yet know how this important information might help more older people we are sure that the rhythms of life at Whiteley will continue far beyond the initial flurry of outside interest and may also offer opportunities as yet unforeseen for renewal and growth , just as the changing seasons.
Our thanks go to everyone who has helped us by talking so positively about life at Whiteley now and to those who have gone before, who set the foundations for the ethos of the community in which we all share such pleasure today.
Chandra McGowan, CEO