5 October 2020
Aspiring Lifestyle Retirement Village marked a decade since the first residents moved in during 2010.
The celebrations took the form of a Spring-themed formal banquet and dance, held in the newly extended lifestyle centre on Saturday night that was attended by over 140 residents, staff and the board.
Residents were dressed in formal attire and seated at long tables, decorated with spring flowers for a seasonal three course feast. A lively pianist played the village’s baby grand piano, while residents kicked up their heels.
Founding shareholder and director, Peter Gordon, reminisced on the early challenges. “Getting the original consent was hugely exciting as we knew that was the start of an exciting project” said Mr Gordon, and he “was delighted that our vision has come to fruition. It’s been quite a journey – a real learning experience but it has kept us young!”
Director, Diana Gordon added “The best thing about the village is that we’ve been able to keep people in the district and close to their relatives”.
The sense of well-being and of good will experienced at the party was palpable, with residents expressing their delight to be living at Aspiring Village.
Residents Margaret and Brian Hall, commented that “The event was first class – excellent meal, efficiently served, in a great setting and to top it all off afterwards, Warren on the piano inspiring us to get up and dance. We indeed feel very blessed to live in this village and to have the opportunity to be with such wonderful people – those who plan events for us and those who are “our neighbours” . Life for us just seems to get better and better !”
Aspiring Lifestyle Retirement Village is now home to 180 residents, with 124 villas, 16 apartments and a large community centre, which includes an indoor pool, spa, salon, lounges, bar, in-house dining among the facilities available to residents. Aspiring Village residents also enjoy priority access to the neighbouring Aspiring Enliven Care Centre that is jointly owned with Presbyterian Support Otago.