Oak Tree open day

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By Tania Phillips

 The doors will open – in a Covid friendly way –

at the Oak Tree Retirement Village in Warwick

as part of their scaled-down 10th anniversary

celebrations and plans for the future.

The open days, on 13-14 October, will allow

prospective residents to come and see the facilities and inspect the display villas.

Work is due to begin on the final stage of

the retirement village soon with prospective

residence invited to come along to see just

what is available according to village manager

Mary O’Neill. Mary said the Open Day was a

great opportunity to meet the team and hear

from the residents why Oak Tree is such a great

place to live.

“On Friday the 13th and Saturday 14th from

10-2pm we’ve got the open day so that’s when

people from the public can come in and view

the villas and displays,” Mary O’Neill said.

“And then we have a 10th birthday celebration on the 28 November. We’re actually have

just a small 10th birthday celebration because

of Covid because we obviously have limited

numbers and next year, when numbers allow,

we will have a big open day.”

She said as well as the main days there were

opportunities to come in during the week between 10am and 2pm Monday to Friday.

Mary, who has been manager at the village

for almost six years, said the centre was about

to enter an exciting new stage.

“We will start work early next year on our

last ten years which will see the village at 59,

which will see us completed,” she explained.

“It will good to see the village finished, it will

have a nice entrance, a pedestrian entrance on

Wood Street so you will be able to see the Oak

Tree sign from Wood Street when it’s finished.

We’ll have a caravan storage area – everything

will be finished.”

Offering maintenance-free living and the

safety and security of a caring environment,

Oak Tree specialises in building smaller more

private communities, complete with purposebuilt recreational facilities.

Mary said the Warwick Village has everything a retiree may want including companionship of people their own age – something

that has been important during this time when

many of their relatives have been unable to

visit due to border closures and lockdowns.

“We’ve got a pool, a bowling green, we currently have caravan storage but that will be

improved when the village is finished, we have

indoor bowls twice a month, we have bingo,

morning teas, happy hours, we have an active social club and a men’s barbecue once a

month,” she explained.

“The men get together once a month, we

have a trivia after noon and there’s exercise

classes. There is something for everyone and

it’s been important to have all that – obviously

we couldn’t do it all at the start of Covid but

now that numbers allow part of our community could come back together and that’s what

we’ve been doing.

“It has been difficult not seeing their families – a lot of families live away – and it impacted them as well not being able to come home

and see their parents. People haven’t been able

to travel across the border but it’s also been

the number of people you can entertain. The

best thing about it for the residents though has

been that they’re not isolated – they still have

the people in the village to talk to – that would

be the biggest thing.”

For more information on the Open Day and

the new Villas phone – Phone 1300 367 155.

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