I’m Jennifer Croston and I’ve lived in the Helena Valley Lifestyle Village for four years.

I came to the village because, after my husband died, I was living in a big house, on my own, and I was rattling around in it. I just didn’t know what to do! But my daughter was building a house further down near Guilford and I used to drive up to Guilford to see how the house was going on, and drive past this village, and one day we decided to come in and have a look, and as I came out I thought: “That’s where I want to be”. So the people were lovely, the village was lovely, and it went from there.

I love the village because I’m never on my own, if I need friends I just go out the front door. I don’t have to walk around and there’s somebody to talk to, somebody to have a laugh with, somebody to have a cup of tea with, there’s just lots of things to do. Being here in the village has not only given me peace of mind, it has also given my family peace of mind because they knew I was nervous in the house on my own. I’ve never been nervous in the house on my own here, I just leave the doors open, go to bed at night and I don’t even think about it, I just get into bed,

Information in this article is true and correct as of 15 September 2021.

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