Rudi Waage, Brian Gillespie and John van Leeuwen toast Thornhill Manor’s renovations.
Rand Aid’s Thornhill Manor had reason to celebrate on April 26 – and they had the perfect place in which to hold the celebration too!
After all, they were toasting their newly renovated village hall, which is a now a wonderful venue to hold functions.
A serving kitchen was added, the existing kitchen was extended, storerooms were built on, and the ablutions were given a fresh new look.
“Loads of planning, designing and involvement of the village chairman, Dave Webster, went into the project,” says Thornhill Manor manager Esme Erasmus. “Dave consulted widely with stakeholders to establish exactly what renovations were needed.”
“The transformation has been very well received,” adds Esme. “Some wondered how we coped before the renovations. The two monthly Sundowner meals have now moved to the hall and are better attended than ever before.
“The kitchen was not user friendly; Christmas functions were difficult to arrange in terms of the décor, entertainment, serving of meals and the clearing away of dishes. Storage was also huge problem.”
During the renovations, extra ablutions and a snooker room were also built.
The retirement village has introduced a snooker league and tournaments are held every two weeks. “There are six other retirement villages involved, with six members to a team and games are played at home and away. We now have over 20 residents, both male and female, who are actively playing snooker.”
The final touches to the renovations were new curtains that were proudly hung in both the hall and village chapel.
Entertainment on cue… Rudi Waage and Dave Webster.
Di Zylstra in the new serving kitchen.
Outdoor seating allows residents to enjoy the beautiful garden outside the snooker room.