Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Community News -

Diana Bev­ing­ton was the first res­i­dent to move into River­side Gar­dens at North Rich­mond eight years ago when it was newly built and since then has per­son­ally wel­comed every res­i­dent at the over 55s vil­lage.

“I had lived in Black­town all my life and my hus­band and I used to drive out her af­ter vis­it­ing the Wind­sor mar­kets. I re­ally liked the area be­cause it was nice and quiet.”

Chris Gyl­lies moved to her villa at River­side Gar­dens not long af­ter­wards from “around the cor­ner” at North Rich­mond and the two are firm friends.

They are in­volved in nu­mer­ous ac­tiv­i­ties in the vil­lage and or­gan­ise trips away for those who want to be in­volved.

When Fay Gray made the move from the Cen­tral Coast to be nearer her chil­dren in Syd­ney three years ago her main stip­u­la­tion was that her dog Coco was al­lowed to live with her.

“(Be­fore) I came here I didn’t have a friend in the world,” she said. “The best part is hav­ing com­pany. I meet a lot of peo­ple when I walk the dog. The res­i­dents helped me when I needed help and got me in­volved in ev­ery­thing. When I got sick Chris walked Coco for me. That was re­ally re­ally good. Our (vil­lage) man­ager Pa­tri­cia is ab­so­lutely won­der­ful.”

Caro­line and Lionel Bar­low moved in seven years ago af­ter sell­ing their “beau­ti­ful house on the edge of Lake Mac­quarie,” where they had lived for 12 years.

They moved to be closer to their chil­dren and took “the plunge” choos­ing an Over 55s devel­op­ment.

“It’s the best thing we have ever done,” said Caro­line. “We have never been lonely. There is some­thing for ev­ery­one every day.” She plays bridge on Mon­days and is in­volved in the art group. Lionel is in the mens club and plays snooker.

Colin Pros­per and his wife Shar­lene moved in four years ago from Glen­wood. They love the com­mu­nity and as the BBQ whizz, Colin’s ex­tremely pop­u­lar at com­mu­nity gath­er­ings.

The reg­u­lar evenings in­clude bar­be­cues, bangers and mash, pizza nights, Fri­day trivia, art and craft, snooker and a men’s club.

River­side Gar­dens is at 34 Beau­mont Ave, North Rich­mond and has 44 two and 3-bed­room vil­las plus a block of six units.

There are cur­rently two and three bed­room vil­las avail­able. For de­tails con­tact Pa­tri­cia on (02) 4571 4545 or 0447 334 615. Our front cover photo of pet-friendly River­side Gar­dens fea­tures: Fay Grey and Coco, Diana Bev­ing­ton and Rex, Back (L-R) Chris Gyl­lies and Lar­raine Foster.

Some of the res­i­dents catch­ing up at the Win­ter­fest lunch

Colin Pros­per and Lionel Bar­low

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