06 February 2020
Couple living at The Ridings care home share their secrets to a successful relationship
An older couple from Banbury who has lived at Anchor’s The Ridings care home in Calder Close since 2017 have offered romantic advice to young couples celebrating this year’s Valentine’s Day.
John and Joan Bond, who have been married for 21 years, said the secret to their marriage was to always listen to each other and talk through problems.
John, 84, said: “Our most romantic day was our wedding day at St Leonard’s Church in Banbury, and since then every day has been special.
“Our marriage has lasted such a long time because we love each other. My advice to young couples is to talk and listen to each other’s point of view as communication is key to a happy and long relationship.”
Joan, 74, added: “And when things get a bit tricky, always remember why you fell in love.
“Valentine’s Day is a chance to show you care for someone you love and we are still in love after 21 years of marriage.”
John and Joan will be joining their friends at care home name for a Valentine’s tea dance on Friday (14 February).
In the afternoon 10 children from Dashwood Banbury Academy and some of the residents will write about things they love on cut out hearts which will then be used as a conversation starter.
The Ridings Manager Karen Kyme said the Valentine’s party was part of a packed programme of activities at the care home.
She said: “This is such an exciting event. There will be lots of fun, colour and wonderful food all made from fresh seasonal ingredients. Older people have a life time of experience when it comes to love so it’s great John and Joan can offer younger couples advice.
“The party is part of The Ridings’ ongoing programme of interesting activities which aim to stimulate the residents physically and mentally.
“Such events are also a great occasion for residents to socialise with friends and their families.”