Fay Pogson has lived in Blockhouse Bay for 57 years so was thrilled to hear of Ryman’s plans to build a retirement village just down the road in Lynfield. “It’s the security and being with people that I’m looking forward to the most,” she says.
Fay is ‘well into her 80s’ and keeps very busy and active – she is a member of the Blockhouse Bay Baptist Church congregation, she organises speakers and bus trips for her local Sixties club branch, and she is an avid mah-jong player. “I have a few friends come to my house to play it and I’d love to start a club in the village.”
In her younger days Fay had a great time on her OE, spending three years in London and two years in Canada but on her return to New Zealand she went on a blind date – and ended up falling in love with a Yorkshireman! Fay and John got married and settled down in Blockhouse Bay where they raised their two daughters Jean and Sandra.
John was the general manager of an electrical supplies firm while Fay worked part time as a shorthand typist and later dictaphone typist at insurance company Sun Alliance. Fay is still great friends with her former colleague Maureen, who had her two children at the same time as Fay and is also planning to move into the village.
John sadly passed away from a brain tumour in 1991 just four years after retiring, and with Fay’s two daughters both living overseas and no grandchildren, she says the time was right to make her next move. “It’s going to be so nice living in a brand-new apartment – the hardest part is going to be deciding what stuff to take!” she laughs.