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I chose BaptistCare Warena Village for its location, pure and simple.

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24 June 2022

Stories | Retirement Living

Sometimes location is everything when considering a retirement village.

This certainly was the case for Robert ‘Bob’ Weir when he was looking to move back to the Sutherland Shire to be close to his sons and grandchildren last year. His move to BaptistCare Warena Village landed him right where he wanted to be.

“I chose BaptistCare Warena Village for its location, pure and simple. My sons and grandsons play for Bangor Football Club. I’m also on the club committee. It’s just a five-minute walk up the same street to Billa Road Park to watch my grandkids play,” said Bob.

Actively looking for a residence in the shire, Bob saw the apartment listed on and went to have a look at it with his youngest son, who lives close by in Bangor. Bob’s second eldest son lives in nearby Engadine. “My eldest son lives in the UK, but that’s another story.”

“One look was all it took,” said Bob. “As the crow flies, I’ve ended up 150metres away from the house that my wife and I built, where our three kids grew up. The location also brings a lot of history and community with it.”

Bob moved in on the 5th June last year. His boys were playing a home game the very next day. “I walked up to watch them play. It was great.”

BaptistCare Warena Village’s location also puts you just 200metres away from Bangor shops, including a bakery, café, supermarket, butchers, post office, chemist and restaurants.

The community itself is designed so residents can connect and engage as much or as little as they wish, with a regular program of events and activities.

“The other residents are all great people. They are nice and we get on very well. It’s a good community to be a part of. You don’t have to do everything; there’s no requirement or expectation to be totally involved or nothing at all. You choose to do what you like,” said Bob.

Having retired from an army career spanning 42 years, Bob is still active in army associations, including an editorial role in writing the history of his battalion.

“As part of my role in the School of Infantry, I edited and produced the Australian Infantry Magazine for ten years. So I’ll edit the written work, and it will no doubt keep me occupied,” said Bob.

“I’ve said it jokingly, I suppose, that my next move will be in a wooden box. I must say I’m not expecting to require that box for a lot of years yet, so in the meantime you’ll have to put up with my military sense of humour."

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