The walkers were joined by their local MP, Iain Stewart, for the
last leg of the 35-mile North Bucks Way Walk, which finished up
with a barbecue at the new retirement village, due to open in
25 future residents with a combined age of over 1,750 took part,
and raised over £1,000 for the village appeal fund. The Shenley
Wood Friends welcomed them back by playing Congratulations and had
laid on food, banners, balloons and even a disco for their new
"The glorious weather was both a blessing and a curse but the
walkers enjoyed the fantastic views from Quainton Hill and enjoyed
a real sense of achievement and team spirit," said Village Manager
Martyn Dawes, who also took part.
"The 1,000 challenge was to raise £1,000 and have residents
whose age totalled 1,000 years walking sections of the walk. In the
event, over 25 friends and residents walked, with a combined age of
MP Iain Stewart said he was delighted to take part in the walk
to support the new development. "Shenley Wood Village will offer a
range of activities which will help local older people remain
independent and healthy," he said.
The event was part of The ExtraCare Charitable Trust's Olympic
Challenge, which aims to cover 25,000 miles (the circumference of
the globe) across its 29 retirement villages and schemes before the
start of the Olympic Games next year.
Martyn said that the residents have no plans to slow down. "It
was a great two days and we are already thinking what we can do for
Left to right: Iain Stewart MP, Sheila Gould, Brenda Ryan,
Village Manager Martyn Dawes, Brian Gould, Dennis Bradley, Colin
Bisacre, Brian Hobbs, and Colin Howarth prepare for the North Bucks
Way Walk at Shenley Wood Village, Milton Keynes.
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