Bupa Foxbridge Retirement Village connection for resident
When Noeline Jackson visited Bupa Foxbridge Retirement Village for the first time, she noticed the Foxbridge sign and said to her husband Des, “aww Foxbridge, that was Uncle Sid’s favourite horse”.
The Hamiltonian remembered visiting her Uncle when she was a child at Trelawney Stud in Cambridge on school holidays and patting the famous racehorse.
The thoroughbred racehorse was New Zealand's most successful sire and brood-mare sire for eleven consecutive seasons, and was inducted into the New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame in 2008.
“Uncle Sid would hold the reins of Foxbridge as I’d pat him, he was a beautiful horse and timid,” she says.
Noeline says her love of horses must run in the family as her Uncle Sid worked in the Cambridge stables and really cared for the animals like they were his own.
“He loved Foxbridge and all the horses. If they were sick he would sleep in the stables to make sure they were alright.”
Both Noeline and Des were taken immediately with the new village development, noting the park on one side and Te Rapa Racecourse on the other.
The couple, both 89, sold their house and moved into a brand new two bedroom villa more than a year ago.
“In winter our villa was as warm as warm and as safe as houses too.”
With three daughters and six grandchildren, Noeline and Des are glad they have the space for when family visit. They’ve been married for 63 years and met while working at Pollock & Milne in Hamilton. They both enjoy the village social activities, especially the morning teas and happy hours.
“Our new neighbours are very friendly and we look forward to more neighbours joining us soon.”