Keyton | Viewbank Gardens outside view in garden looking towards building sun room

Viewbank Gardens opens newly renovated community centre

Wednesday, 11 October 2023

At Viewbank Gardens, the community centre has been the social hub for residents. After being closed for a few months for a much-needed refurbishment, it has now been transformed into a spacious and welcoming area. The residents are delighted, and the village celebrated its reopening with a lively and memorable open day event. 


Back to the future

For the residents, reopening the community centre was more than just a physical transformation; it marked the return of social gatherings and hosting events. A resident shared, “We truly missed this building during construction. We resorted to gathering in some of the residents’ garages for our regular catchups.” 

Upon entrance, a semi-rounded room adorned with large windows with abundant natural light welcomes you. There is also a well-stocked library, a fireplace, and a grand piano that adds a touch of musical elegance to the surroundings. Overall, the new building creates a great impression of the village's character- a warm and inviting community. 

Fun and entertainment

The open day was a lively event. A welcoming coffee cart was stationed at the entrance, ensuring everyone stayed energised for the eventful day ahead. To set the mood of the day, Jen Hawley, musician and entertainer, strummed her guitar and serenaded to soulful songs. One of the standout attractions was the live caricature artist Phil Bowler from Melbourne Caricatures. He skillfully brought residents and guests to life on paper with his playful and amusing art. 

live caricature artist Phil Bowler Live caricature artist, Phil Bowler with a resident

Informational tour guides

The guests also took guided tours of the property ushered by the village manager, Dan Murtagh. It was an excellent opportunity for them to appreciate the picturesque surroundings and tranquil gardens synonymous with Viewbank Gardens. They also asked all the questions that were helpful for them to understand the benefits of moving to a retirement village 

Friendly chatter

The event’s success became apparent as the roomy community building began to fill up with lively chatter and interaction between the guests and residents. The residents’ friendliness stood as proof of the warm and welcoming atmosphere within the village community.

Viewbank Gardens may be a small retirement village, but it more than makes up for its size with its abundance of well-kept gardens and a close-knit community. 

The open day served as an opportunity to introduce others to the joys of retirement living while providing a glimpse into the happiness and contentment that residents here enjoy.

Learn more about Viewbank Gardens.

For more information about the lifestyle and support offered at our retirement villages, call our customer service team on 1800 550 550

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