St Matthew's Village in Broadford is looking for new people to join its board. Pictured are current board members Bruce Radford, Lyn Overend and Joan Grimwade.

ST MATTHEW’S Village in Broadford is looking for community-minded residents to join its board of management as it enters its 45th year of operation.

St Matthew’s Village is a not-for-profit association that operates and manages a 10-unit retirement village at 38 Powlett Street on behalf of the Anglican Diocese of Wangaratta.

The village is managed by a group of residents under chair Joan Grimwade.

Ms Grimwade said the board was keen to bring in new faces with fresh perspectives.

“As happens, age creeps upon us all,” she said.

“With recent resignations and the need to up-skill with new blood, the board is seeking interest from the community to fill vacant positions to assist with the ongoing management of the village.

“We are looking for people interested in the welfare of aging retirees, who are computer literate, forward thinking and have a kind heart.”

The village provides independent living facilities in single-bedroom units adjacent to Broadford Anglican Church and close to the town’s shopping precinct.

The Broadford railway station and Nexus Primary Health facility are within walking distance of the units.

Ms Grimwade said the purpose of the village was to provide mostly elderly residents an opportunity to downsize from home ownership or rental to a more compact abode within a community facility.

While each resident is independent, the village has a strong sense of community and hosts a Christmas dinner together each year.

The first of three blocks of the village, named the Fred Grimwade Wing, were dedicated by the Bishop of Wangaratta in April 1976, making the first stage of the village 45 years old this year.

The current board of management, which includes a village resident representative, is responsible for managing the upkeep of the units, the grounds and general wellbeing of all residents.

The board meets bi-monthly on a Sunday evening for a maximum of one-and-a-half hours.

Anyone interested in joining the board can contact Ms Grimwade at j.grimwade@bigpond.com.

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