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Longbridge Village - Gill Heath

Gill Heath loves her beautiful garden. It has a hot tub, a dining area, a fish pond, a vegetable patch, and even a waterfall. But she says: “There comes a time when to you are just ready to hand it over to someone else.”

Gill, who has lung and thyroid problems, spends most of her time cleaning the house, decorating and doing the garden. She can’t wait to move into her new two bedroomed apartment at Longbridge Village where, instead of spending time managing a large house and garden, she says: “We can get up in the morning and decide what we want to do.

“If I feel really poorly I can still have a cup of tea with someone instead of sitting in the house thinking I feel awful.”

Gill, who is 63 and has two children and two step children, is moving into a two bedroom apartment with her husband Peter and cats Star and Sparkle.

She is already taking part in activities at the Village. “I know I’ll always get a nice welcome. If it wasn’t for the village I could become low but it is giving me something else to focus on other than myself.”

Gill is already volunteering at Friends meetings and plans to volunteer on reception and in the bar at the Village.

She can also continue with her gardening hobby in the Village greenhouse and will have plant pots on the patio of her ground floor apartment.

“For me the house was too much, the garden was too much,” she says. “I can’t do what I did ten years ago.

“I’m looking forward to having somewhere to live that is going to be a lot easier to maintain, where I can join in lots of activities and make lots more friends.”

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