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Leisure Lea Gardens residents have their say

Paying only $5 for two drinks at Happy Hour is the best thing about living at Leisure Lea Gardens, resident Greg Gulliver jokingly told those who attended the Ploughman’s Lunch at the village on Thursday 21st June.

Leisure Lea Gardens clients were invited to the lunch to hear first-hand from the residents about what life was really like at the village. Greg and fellow residents Helen Kiley and John Williams gave their views on the benefits of community living and why they chose Leisure Lea Gardens.

For Helen, the best thing was the accessibility to transport, both bus and train, and the easy access to Macquarie Shopping Centre and the Sydney CBD. “I also enjoy knitting soft toys with the craft group, playing indoor bowls and using the dining-room – you get great service and the meals are very good. There are plenty of card games, trivia, scrabble and some residents play darts and enjoy a tipple afterwards.”

Apart from enjoying the regular Happy Hours, Greg also praised the easy access to public transport and said there was a village car to take residents to medical appointments. “The dining-room is great for everyone, including those who are in rehab and who don’t want to prepare their own meals. There’s such a lot to do here – table tennis, Zumba, movies, exercises and regular church services. The choice to take part in activities is yours – you don’t have to take part in everything. You can pick and choose and it makes life interesting.”

John Williams, Vice-President of the Residents’ Committee said Leisure Lea Gardens was a great place to retire to. He said the residents’ committee worked closely with the village manager to ensure the best outcomes for residents. “It’s a happy village and I’m so happy here.”

The village’s Resident Ambassadors were also on hand to speak to clients one-on-one and served a delicious lunch.