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  • Retire with style at The Hawthorns
  • Retire with style at The Hawthorns
  • Retire with style at The Hawthorns
  • Retire with style at The Hawthorns

Retirement complex residents return to school

THE generation gap was closed in Braintree when students from Alec Hunter Humanities College and residents from The Hawthorns retirement complex will work together on history and art projects.

Eight residents from The Hawthorns went back to school for the day and were interviewed by students about schooldays in years gone by when the equipment they were recorded on by the students was not even a twinkle in the inventor’s eye.

At the end of the day, the students had received a first-hand social history lesson and the residents returned to The Hawthorns with a record of their reminiscences.

While this was going on, 14 Alec Hunter students spent the day at The Hawthorns, Meadow Park, working on a wall-hanging art project with another group of residents, the results of which are to be exhibited in Braintree library.

Geraldine Channon, Events Co-ordinator at The Hawthorns, said: “Much is said about the generation gap and youngsters having no respect for their elders but on this day we plan to show this need not be the case. Our residents are a very active bunch and I know those who have put their names down to go back to school for the day enjoyed it.”

The Hawthorns opened its doors two years ago and offers residents a unique retirement lifestyle where, for an all-inclusive monthly fee, they can enjoy life to the full complete with an extensive activity and excursion programme and all bills paid.