Castledare Village celebrates 20th birthday

L-R: Original Castledare Village residents Hilda Polglase (80), Elenor Hollis (89), Daphne (90) and Charles (94) Stephenson, with Canning mayor Paul Ng (middle). Picture: David Baylis.
L-R: Original Castledare Village residents Hilda Polglase (80), Elenor Hollis (89), Daphne (90) and Charles (94) Stephenson, with Canning mayor Paul Ng (middle). Picture: David Baylis.

CASTLEDARE Village alumni and employees have celebrated the Wilson aged-care home’s 20th anniversary.

Past and present residents along with staff gathered at the facility to deliver speeches, celebrate the milestone and indulge in a spot of morning tea.

Facility manager Noelene Wright said the event was special given some of the current residents had been there since the start.

She said the close relationships forged within the village itself made it such a nice place to work.

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“Residents know each other well and often we have people move into Castledare via word of mouth from family and friends who already reside here,” she said.

“I feel that when you visit Castledare you are able to feel the warmth and a sense of joy.”

Noelene Wright (Facility Manager, Catholic Homes) and resident Ursula Sheridan, cutting the Castledare Village 20th Anniversary cake. It is the 20th anniversary of Castledare Village Retirement Centre and a special event was held to celebrate the milestone. Picture: David Baylis.

Castledare began life as a homestead in the early 1900s, before the property was purchased in 1927 and operated as a school for boys with learning difficulties.

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It became St Vincent’s Preparatory School for boys in 1940 and more buildings and facilities were added over time, including the popular Castledare Miniature Railway.

The site was redeveloped by Catholic Homes as an aged care facility and retirement village in 1998 and includes private rooms, living villas and a Comfort Care Centre, the only purpose-built facility in WA designed specifically for residents nearing the end of their lives.