Good friends become good neighbours

16 October 2017

“Taking the decision to move in with friends has been one of the best things I have done since retiring”, says Rex Amos, 81. In July last year, Rex joined old friends Maurice Clothier, 91 and Robert Johnson, 73, in calling McCarthy and Stone’s William Page Court development in Staple Hill, home.

The charming trio first met over 27 years ago when they struck up a firm friendship playing bowls for Bristol Greenbank Bowling Club.  

Rex says: “We have always been there for one another over the years, but I never dreamt we’d end up being neighbours! It’s great because we get to see each other almost every day now, whether it’s meeting up for coffee, enjoying a meal out which we do about once a month and invite the other homeowners to; or going to watch our beloved Bristol City play at home, which myself and Robert are both season ticket holders.”

Robert and his wife were the first to make the move to the new development on Broad Street.

Robert says: “We took the decision to move because we wanted the reassurance that if anything was to happen to either of us in the future, that the other one would be looked after. Here, not only do I have two of my oldest companions to keep me company which is a bonus, but we have a circle of friends right on our doorstep and everyone supports each other in different ways.

“The location itself is also ideal – close to family and children and with plenty of amenities nearby meaning we have complete independence to lock and leave when we choose, and to spend our retirement years doing all the hobbies and things we enjoy.”

Rex and Maurice, both of which are widowed, moved just a couple of miles down the road to start a new life at William Page Court.

Maurice states: “We were both familiar with the area already which helps – it’s convenient for the shops, I knew there was a lovely park nearby if we fancied a stroll, and I think it was peace of mind for both of us knowing someone else we knew would be moving here too. I also enjoy attending a regular tea dance locally, so I wanted to ensure this was still handy for me to get to.”

Rex agrees: “We have a real laugh together the three of us, always pulling each other’s legs, and it goes without saying how much easier I’ve found it settling in with them here too. There’s such a nice ambience about the place which makes it really open and welcoming for new homeowners – once you’ve been introduced to one person that person takes them round, they introduce you to someone else and we all become like one big family.

“For me personally, having stayed in the house I first bought when I got married for some time after I was widowed, the maintenance on my own became too much. I knew I needed to be in a place where I was close to my two sons, and as I became less mobile, wouldn’t feel lonely and had the support of friends. I feel very safe and secure here, and knowing Sue Peachey, the House Manager, is always on hand to help if we need anything is wonderful.”

At William Page Court there is always an abundance of social activities going on whether it’s fish and chip suppers, keep fit classes or craft and games nights in the homeowners lounge – most people like to join in with the community side of things.

Robert even takes on an extra supportive role as ‘responsible homeowner’, supporting fellow homeowners with any problems or issues while the House Manager is away on holiday, and safeguarding the keys to communal areas or store cupboards should suppliers need to gain access.

Robert comments: “My wife and I are extremely lucky that we have each other to lean on if we need to. Not everyone here has that, so I make myself available to assist with anything really, whether it’s helping people sort out their energy suppliers which can be tricky, reading their meters, changing the time on their clocks, to giving them information about the local area if they need it. If I can make things a little bit easier for people I will.”

William Page Court is a collection of 43 apartments designed exclusively for people aged 60 and over. Facilities include a stunning homeowners’ lounge, ideal for socialising with friends, beautifully landscaped gardens in which to relax, plus a convenient guest suite should homeowners have friends or relatives to stay. A dedicated House Manager takes care of the day-to-day running of the development; and a security entrance system and 24 hour emergency call points provide added peace of mind. 

For more information about William Page Court or Retirement Living at McCarthy & Stone in Bristol, please call 0800 201 4743 or click here for more information.

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