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Having spent nearly nine years of his retirement at Enliven’s Abingdon Village on St John’s Hill, Ted Kellett says he has never regretted a minute of it.
Ted’s relationship with Abingdon Village began in 2006 because he had friends who lived there.
“I first came to Abingdon to visit friends and I was telling them that I could live in a place like this, so my friend told me to get on their waiting list,” Ted explains.
“A couple of months later I got a call saying I could move in so I said sure, why not.”
Before Ted came to Abingdon Village he was living alone in a three bedroom house that no longer suited his needs.
“The garden was getting too much for me and it was right on the edge of town,” Ted explains.
“I was looking for a retirement village because my mobility was deteriorating and I didn’t want to be dependent on a family member for care.”
Ted says he has no regrets in choosing Enliven’s Abingdon Village.
“I’ve never regretted moving here,” Ted explains.
“Every house I’ve owned I’ve always planted native trees and then I come here and all the trees are already fully grown!”
Ted says there’s no shortage of things to do at Abingdon, with one of the highlights of the village being the social life.
“Every day after lunch we retire to the lounge for coffee and a chat. I run a bible study once a week which a dozen people attend – it’s not just for village residents.
“We have a Friday film afternoon, and the Kowhainui Home and Village coach takes us shopping two days a week which is a very good service.
“Plus we have hot meals in the community house every day which are very good, especially the Sunday roasts.”
Ted says Abingdon has everything one needs in a retirement village.
“This is all the room I need. The villas are staggered around the grounds for more privacy and the shops are nice and handy,” says Ted.
“I just love the place and everyone gets along.”