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Retirement community calendar girls strike a pose for Central Coast life

December 2019

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Twenty-four women aged between 70 and 92 on the NSW Central Coast have put a whole new spin on retirement village living in a cheeky 2020 calendar.

Featuring almost 60 images, the newly released calendar showcases life at RetireAustralia’s Wood Glen Retirement Community at Erina.

Organiser and resident Kate Dowling said the calendar, named A Taste of Wood Glen, made use of an amazing array of props including 400 balloons woven into mesh fabric wrapped around the women in one scene alone.

Gleaned from five months of photo shoots and 2,500 snaps, the calendar highlights the community facilities including its heated swimming pool, bar, resort-style lodge, bowls green and exercise areas.

In another shot, a group of residents cheekily dressed in convict attire are pictured trying to scale the village gates. Strategically placed bowls cover the top half of some of the women seated for an image at the communities’s green.

The women dress up as witches to mark Halloween in October, while various attempts to climb aboard floating pink flamingos meet with mixed success in a pool shot for January.

“We came up with the idea because we wanted to show what life was like here at Wood Glen.  It’s more than just a calendar – it’s about bringing people together.

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“Like anything, life is what you make it, and this, like many of our activities, was a whole lot of fun for all involved,’’ said Mrs Dowling, whose husband Michael shot all of the images.

“This is a friendly and welcoming community and I think this has brought a lot of us even closer. It has been a lot of work but it has been well worth it.

“While we wanted it to be fun, it also contains some serious messages, such as  everybody’s body is beautiful.’’

Wood Glen Retirement Community manager Vanessa Fordyce said the calendar had become a talking point in the community and highlighted the friendships that commonly developed among people living in a retirement community.

“This project was initiated by the residents, and required a lot of their time and creativity in working together, which speaks volumes for the community spirit that exists at Wood Glen,’’ Ms Fordyce said.

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“A total of 240 calendars have been produced, with sales to friends and relatives helping to recoup the costs. The question everybody seems to be asking now is: ‘What’s next?’ ’’

The calendar comes as the village itself is preparing for a milestone year.

Construction on The Rise, a premium vertical living community that is the next stage in Wood Glen’s expansion is anticipated for completion at the end of 2020.

Setting a new benchmark for luxury retirement living on the Central Coast, The Rise features contemporary apartments incorporating high-end finishes, European appliances and expansive balconies to take advantage of stunning views across Erina Valley.

Wood Glen is across the road from Erina Fair Shopping Centre and close to local beaches, nature reserves, medical and other services and a wide range of shops, dining and entertainment options.

Prices start at $650,000 for a two-bedroom apartment and those interested in securing an apartment should act quickly to avoid disappointment.