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We have now been residents of The Grange for almost four (4) months. When we first thought of entering this type of housing, we did a lot of soul searching and very extensive research to make sure we found the right place as there are quite a few similar complex’s available at the moment. We wanted to be sure we did not end up in a place where we were living virtually on top of the person next door – we felt we wanted our privacy, yet had people around us.

 

The aspect, the gardens – all add to the feeling of contentedness and security we feel since we have been here.

 

Socially, we have never been so busy – there is so much to do here (only if you want to) – the arranged functions, the happy hours – not to mention the normal interaction with the other residents.

 

We cannot speak highly enough of The Grange and would recommend it to anyone who has decided that this is what they want – we are now absolutely 100% sure that our decision was the right one – the support, the empathy, the care and concern shown by Darryl and Joanne is so much appreciated.

 

Margaret & Ray

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"As you know, moving to a new home can be a stressful experience and we would like to express our appreciation of the way in which the staff of The Grange helped to minimise the stress of settling in for us.

 

We are very glad that we made the decision to move here and are more sure as time goes on that it was the right one – we are enjoying the lifestyle we wanted, in a house of quality, and of course without the worries of exterior maintenance.

 

Settling in has been greatly helped by all the staff at the village, whose major concern appears to be to keep their residents happy. Their cheerful, willing help has made our transition to a new home much easier than it might have been, and we would like to put on record a big “Thank You” to Darryl and his happy band of helpers. "

 

Sim & Graham

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A dear friend of ours by the name of Lillian is soon leaving our area and moving into a new home. She is going to live at ‘The Grange’, a Retirement Village in the leafy, quaint town of Berry. In July, the developers of the project were holding a Christmas in July luncheon for residents and visitors and Lillian invited my husband Brian and to accompany her. We gratefully accepted the invitation and arranged to pick Lillian up in our car at 9-45 on the day.

 

It was a cloudy, cold winter morning when we arrived at her home where she was eagerly awaiting our arrival. We were all looking forward to the outing. We set off in our warm, comfortable air conditioned car and enjoyed the scenic drive north to Berry. We drove through the busyness of the Nowra traffic and over the Shoalhaven River Bridge. Looking down, the water looked deep, cold and dark as the anchored boats bobbed on the rippling water. We saw cattle grazing on the lush, green grass of dairy farms and rows and rows of grape vines in the vineyards. We had only been traveling for an hour when Brian turned off the main road and approached the entrance to “The Grange”. The first thing we noticed was the water fountain. The water tumbled from the top and fell like rain into a surrounding circular pond. The nearby crystal, clear swimming pool glistened in the short burst of sunshine. Curved paths, bordered by sweet smelling Orange Jasmine shrubs, led the way to a building which was the Office and the ‘Broughton Club’. We were coming back there later but in the meantime were headed to Lillian’s new home, Unit number 6. The tarred roads were wide and lined with trees and shrubs. Brian drove into a dual parking bay directly opposite her unit. We alighted from the car and loaded each other up with curtain fabric samples, silk flowers and bathroom accessories which Lillian had brought along to compare with the décor of her unit.

 

We entered the red brick building through a glass door and went up a very wide carpeted staircase to the first floor. We stepped into Lillian’s foyer and then into her large lounge, dining area. The three bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchen are all lovely large areas. The fittings are all bright, shiny and modern. There are lots of nice windows. The walls are painted a soft pale green; the ceilings are white with lots of down lights that were like tiny stars in the muted light of a dull day. The floors are all covered in a beige carpet. There are big balconies, back and front. The front one has a lovely mountain view. On the ground floor there is a large garage and a little stepped garden. It is a beautiful new home for our friend. We spent one hour there and then walked back to the Broughton Club for the luncheon.

 

The Broughton Club is a community area shared by the residents. It features a modern kitchen, dining and lounge area and a small library and a billiard room. It is tastefully furnished and warmed by a cosy gas log fire. We were met and warmly greeted by the manageress Jo-anne, who is a bright, attractive young woman. She led us to a comfortable lounge where we three sat and soon met some friendly residents. Before too long, two very pleasant young women came around again and again wit appetizers and aperitifs. After having lots of nibbles, we were all invited into another room for lunch. It was a bright room. The walls were painted in a bright lemon colour, the ceiling white and there were lots of windows looking out onto a landscaped garden. I glanced out and saw the brightly painted Grange mini bus that ferries the residents around town. The room was normally used for table tennis, but that day had been filled with tables and chairs for the occasion. The tables were covered with crisp, white cloths and the silver and glassware sparkled under the overhead lights. Each table was adorned with gold Christmas decorations. We were delighted to realise that the three of us were seated at a table with the developer of the village, Darryl and his lovely, friendly wife Carolyn and their three sweet little girls. The eldest girl Tahlee is ten years of age. I think she is going to be very clever as I watched her sit very quietly and really listen as she was spoken to by Carolyn across the table. Lindien is eight years of age and wearing roller skates, seemed to glide by silently like an angel. Abby is six and reminded me of a little gypsy girl in her head scarf. They all have brown hair, brown eyes and creamy olive skin.

 

We all enjoyed a large first course meal, Christmas pudding and sipped a glass or two of wine. Darryl then took the floor and made a presentation to Joanne for her wonderful work as Grange Manageress. She is the face of the Grange and is appreciated by everyone. She was taken by surprise and was quite overwhelmed. Darryl had another surprise for everyone present. He announced that he had arranged the Bomaderry Shufflers to entertain us all.

 

They are a group of women, some not so young anymore who have as much fun performing as do their watching audiences. They sang and tapped and toe danced. They made us all laugh. They were all very talented. Towards the end of the show, the principal dancer called from a volunteer from the audience. All of a sudden the male members of the audience who had been thoroughly enjoying themselves previously became very shy. Brian slid down lower in his seat. Finally, Darryl stepped forward and was cheered for his bravery. The dancer took him by the hand and soon had him spinning and turning in time to the music. His high kicks need a lot of rehearsing, but he did well  and was smiling all the while. (So was everyone else in the room). His final bow deserved a standing ovation. The dancer’s grand finale was great. We all enjoyed their show immensely.

 

All too soon it was all over and time to say good bye to our new friends. We thanked them for their hospitality and friendliness and headed south towards home.   

 

Yvonne Norris
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