Jolly June at Ep­som Vil­lage

Central Leader - - & LIFESTYLE LEISURE -

Mod­ern re­tire­ment living has many ad­van­tages.

‘‘This is your time and you are fi­nally able to do the things you have al­ways wanted,’’ Lyn El­lis of Ep­som Vil­lage says.

We de­cided to dig deeper – what ex­actly can re­tirees do at th­ese com­mu­ni­ties? At Ep­som Vil­lage, for in­stance, there is a strong fo­cus on ac­tiv­i­ties.

‘‘You can be part of it or do your own thing,’’ Lyn says.

June has been quite jolly at the vil­lage, es­pe­cially with the Queen’s Birth­day get­to­gether, with res­i­dents gath­er­ing in the lounge and shar­ing nib­bles and wine.

The range of weekly ac­tiv­i­ties in­cludes movies on Sun­day evenings and some Tues­days. Fancy a game of cards? There’s the highly com­pet­i­tive Rummikub which meets on Mon­days, Thurs­days and Satur­days; plus there’s Mon­day af­ter­noon bridge and 500 on Wed­nes­days and Fri­days.

Think you know it all? Can you an­swer 30 quick gen­eral knowl­edge ques­tions? Match your wits and mem­ory against the oth­ers at the Quirky Quiz on the sec­ond Wed­nes­day of each month. You could even join the vil­lage’s Wise Owls Quiz Team, which is in­ci­den­tally head­ing off to BUPA Glen­burn Vil­lage on June 12.

Other in­door ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude darts, housie, ballet, art, mah-jong, scrab­ble, tai chi, yoga and gym.

Theatre is quite popular with the res­i­dents here. On June 26, eight res­i­dents will car­pool their way to the Dol­phin Theatre’s pro­duc­tion Look­ing – about love­able losers look­ing for love in all the wrong places!

If you are look­ing to so­cialise, the Vil­lage is or­gan­is­ing the Roast Din­ner Mix ‘n’ Min­gle on Wed­nes­day evenings.

Res­i­dents who love gar­den­ing are wel­come to help out with the veg­etable gar­den, which is some­thing ev­ery­one is proud of.

Look­ing at the re­sults, there are quite a few green thumbs out there.

You get the pic­ture – the wide range of leisure fa­cil­i­ties means there’s never a dull mo­ment at Ep­som Vil­lage. It’s a beau­ti­ful com­mu­nity you’ll be proud to call home.

To find out more, phone Lyn on 630 4379. Ep­som Vil­lage is at 67 Ran­furly Rd, Ep­som. www.re­al­liv­ing. co.nz/ep­som.html.

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