News from Avonpark Village

Residents extend a warm welcome to retirement village manager Bridget

Bridget RiceWITH previous jobs that have seen her cook alongside celebrity chef Gary Rhodes, and rub shoulders with the late Princess Diana – Bridget Rice is relishing her new role as Retirement Villages’ manager at Avonpark.

Multi-skilled Bridget has already received a warm welcome from residents at the village, and plans to use her own experience and business acumen to introduce some exciting ideas to further boost Avonpark’s already thriving social calendar.

Bridget is settling into what she calls her ‘dream job for life’ at the village; having joined Retirement Villages from a role which saw her clock up around a thousand miles a week!

“You could say I have travelled quite extensively in my former job as operations manager for a UK based catering company; driving around the country but primarily in the South West.

“I love that I now live so close to Avonpark and can devote my time to looking after the village and its existing and new residents. I am used to dealing with a lot of spinning plates and juggling tasks in an organised, professional, timely and friendly manner – something I thrive on!”

With a catering and facility management background, Bridget has had plenty of experience when it comes to overseeing events and functions – whether it be a wedding breakfast or the headmaster’s dinner at the independent boarding school in Northamptonshire where she worked for a number of years.

As a qualified chef – with two grown up sons who are also chefs – Bridget also worked as a pastry chef at the renowned St Andrew’s Hospital in Northampton (where she met Princess Diana during a Royal visit) and at TV chef Gary Rhodes’ Tower 42 restaurant in London.

Bridget is also a member of the Wiltshire Women in Business networking group, and has plans to work closely with Avonpark Retirement Village’s new activities co-ordinator Nicky Potter, to add to the programme of social event for residents; including a fine dining supper club.

She added: “I have only been at the village a matter of weeks, but the residents have given me a very warm welcome and I intend to get involved in as many aspects of village life as possible. I believe that I have found my ‘rest of my life job’ right on my doorstep.”

Bridget takes over the role at the age-exclusive retirement village from Sylvester Harker, who has been promoted to estates manager.