Tucked away behind the busy A5 in the centre of Towcester, Richmond Court is a haven of peace and quiet. With just 32 properties the development of retirement housing is beautifully kept with colourful communal gardens. Having the main shops and restaurants of the town a short walk away Rowenna and Peter Hedges knew it was the perfect place to retire to and bought their maisonette here in 2013.
The Hedges were born and brought up in the lovely market town. Rowenna had spent her varied working life as a cleaner, cook and packer as well as working for the MOD. Peter had started out in a shoe factory, for which Northamptonshire is famous, before becoming a lockkeeper at nearby Stoke Breurne. Not long ago they went back to see the tied cottage they lived in when the rent was 95 pence a week! His last role was at a foundry before it closed in 2003.
With two sons living locally and five grandchildren, Rowenna and Peter were keen to stay in the area so when the property at Richmond Court became available they didn’t hesitate. The first floor maisonette came with a Stannah stairlift already installed. In fact, the starilift had been there since 1986 serving a number of occupants over the years. Although neither Rowenna nor Peter actually needed a stairlift at the time they were happy to have it there, wisely thinking that in the future it might come in handy.
When Rowenna had a stroke not long afterwards she was really grateful that getting in and out of their lovely home was not an issue. These days, she is able to use the stairs if she wants to but having the lift takes the strain out of life. The couple both use it and also find it handy to get shopping or washing upstairs too. The grandchildren call it “Nanny’s magic chair”.