You don’t need to ask Lawrence and Virginia Reddaway whether they’re enjoying life – you can see they are!
The couple, who live at Manningtree Hawthorn, have a social life jam-packed with fun, friendship and keeping fit. And they’re managing to cram a whole lot of living into every day.
Lawrence and Virginia are cyclists and store their bicycles in the rack in the basement of the independent retirement living complex. Both he and Virginia enjoy going for walks in the area, with its beautiful parks and proximity to the Yarra River. And they’re only a quick train or tram ride to the city to visit the theatre and eat out.
The pair are also avid table tennis players,and are the first to admit that some matches in the games room at Manningtree can get pretty lively! They both dabble in snooker and play golf on Wednesdays. There’s a room to store golfing equipment in the basement.
Virginia enjoys playing cards, reading and sewing, and volunteers each Thursday as a Court Networker at the Supreme Court.
“Networkers provide support to court users such as witnesses and families of the accused and of the victims of crime,” Virginia explains. “We offer them procedural information and social support during their time at Court”.
An added bonus is that Virginia is a retired ESOL teacher, skilled at helping those who do not have English as a first language.
Lawrence, a retired fire safety engineer, says they’ve never regretted selling their Glen Iris family home and moving in. “It’s a very friendly community of people here at Manningtree Hawthorn – and you can’t beat the location!” he says. “We’re close to the shops, to doctors, to public transport. Everything we want and need is right here.”
Lawrence and Virginia, who have been married for 52 years, are also delighted that travelling is becoming possible again. All they need to do is pack their suitcases and close their apartment door – knowing everything will be safe and secure.
Added to their busy lives, they are very proud grandparents and love spending time with their family.