Residents at Casey Grange in Cranbourne West are pulling together to support each other through the Covid-19 crisis.
Two of the residents looking out for their neighbours are Lyn Boswell and Colin Blythe.
With some residents in lock down after returning for overseas, Lyn whipped up scones and deposited them at neighbours’ doorsteps for them to enjoy.
“Everyone watches out for everyone else. We make phone calls to make sure people are okay,” Lyn explained.
Colin said the village had its own Facebook page which residents were using to stay in touch.
The couple has lived at Casey Grange for two years after moving from Moorabbin. The move allowed them to downsize and free up time to retire and travel.
“We were the first to move into our side of the village. There was no clubhouse then, they were just putting in the foundations. We have seen everything grow around us which has been great to watch,” said Lyn.
“From day one we felt right at home. We knew we had done a great thing.”
Lyn loves gardening and Colin is a keen woodworker. Lyn has even extended her passion for gardening to an alley that runs between units tending perennials, climbers, passion fruit vines and tamarillo trees for the community to enjoy. She also has a plot at the village vegetable garden.
They couple also attend the village’s coffee club, play billiards, swim and use the gym.
Lyn is on the Social Club Committee and, together with other committee members, helps organise functions such as Australia Day celebrations, indoor bowls, outdoor bowls, talent shows, Christmas in July, bus trips and lunches, happy hours and raffles.
In April the couple will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. They had hoped to go to New Zealand, where they were both born, and Scotland. The pandemic scuttled those plans.
Instead, they will open a bottle of bubbles and enjoy a special dinner together.
No doubt they will also be inundated with congratulations from the close knit Casey Grange community.