A look into Reevedon Home and Village’s past

Enliven’s Reevedon Home was a bequest from Mr and Mrs Elsdon Clark in the 1970s. 

Enliven’s Reevedon Home and Village is a Levin community icon, with connections to another well-known Horowhenua name – the Clarks.

Mr Elsdon Clark donated he and his wife Mrs Alma Clark’s home and grounds to then-named Presbyterian Social Services in 1973 following the passing of Mrs Clark.

Clark is a familiar name in Levin, going back to the 1800s when Elsdon’s father William Mace Clark bought out the business of Te Aro House, Wellington, which he’d moved to Levin to manage.

The family’s legacy lives on through commercial and residential properties still owned by members of the extended family – with some still residing in Levin.

Reevedon’s name is actually derived from Mr Clark’s Christian name, Elsdon, and Mrs Clark’s maiden name Reeve – hence Reevedon.

After the initial donation of land in 1973, further land was also bequeathed in Salisbury Street to make possible the creation of the neighbouring Reevedon Village, also operated by Enliven.

Reevedon Home was officially opened by Governor-General Sir Denis Blundell in October 1975.

Today, residents at Reevedon Home and Retirement Village make the most of its beautiful grounds and central Levin location.

They can also be found socialising together, whether it’s playing bowls, bingo or doing some baking.

Reevedon Home provides rest-home level care, as well as respite options and an engaging day programme. The neighbouring retirement village has 29 one- and two-bedroom villas just a few minutes’ walk from Levin’s main shopping centre.

In Levin Enliven offers a full continuum of care from independent retirement living to rest home, hospital and dementia care, short-term respite, health recovery care and an engaging day programme. To learn more about Enliven’s philosophy and services, visit www.enlivencentral.org.nz. You can also call 06 368 7900 (Reevedon Home) or 06 366 0052 (Levin Home for War Veterans).

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