THE TEAM: Ann Donald, Denise Robinson, Beverley Fox, Eleanor Ellis, and Judy McPherson at Fancutts Retirement Living, Lutwyche.
THE TEAM: Ann Donald, Denise Robinson, Beverley Fox, Eleanor Ellis, and Judy McPherson at Fancutts Retirement Living, Lutwyche. Renae Droop

Former tennis ladies welcomed back to Fancutts site

RetireAustralia has hosted a special morning tea to welcome the first community gathering at its new Fancutts Retirement Living Display Suite at Lutwyche - a group of former Fancutts Tennis Centre players who have been catching up on Tuesdays for almost 40 years.

The tennis ladies started playing weekly matches on a private tennis court at the Brisbane residence of Beverley Fox in 1979 and moved their game days to various public courts when the Fox family sold their home.

The group of about 13 women ended up at the iconic Fancutts Tennis Centre in the late 1980s where they stayed for a decade, playing, laughing, chatting and supporting each other through the highs and lows of motherhood and life.

Five of the ladies returned to the site recently for one of their Tuesday catch-ups, where they were shown the plans for the new Fancutts Retirement Living apartments and reminisced over morning tea.

Group member Eleanor Ellis, who has been friends with Mrs Fox for 70 years, said they moved on from Fancutts in the late 1990s and decided to stop playing tennis as a group earlier this year. However, they continue to get together for a coffee every second Tuesday.

"It's sad that we're less agile and just chatting rather than whacking these days, but for women, friends are the most important thing that connect you all,” Mrs Ellis said.

"Beverley started the group by inviting a few of us to play on her tennis court, then a few more - she was like a mother hen.

"We have the best memories of all the years of great friendship. We've brought all the kids and grandkids to our tennis days over the years and watched each other's children go through primary and senior school years, enjoy their formals and go on to become adults.”

RetireAustralia CEO Alison Quinn said she was delighted that the group were the first community members to tour the Fancutts Retirement Living Display Suite as they have so many happy memories of the former Fancutts Tennis Centre.

"The tennis centre was an important part of the local community for more than 50 years and our new vertical retirement village will not only pay tribute to the history of the site but also continue to serve local residents for years to come,” Ms Quinn said.

"As with our existing retirement villages throughout Australia, there will also be many opportunities for Fancutts' future residents to make new friends and meet their neighbours with a wide variety of community spaces and activities planned.

"Our new display suite offers a beautiful space for community groups and individuals to learn more about our exciting project and we hope to welcome a number of local organisations to our site in the coming months.”

Fancutts Retirement Living will be a world-class village designed for those seeking a healthy, connected lifestyle in a quality environment that supports independent living.

The eight-storey retirement village will feature contemporary independent living apartments as well as state-of-the-art care apartments for those requiring a higher level of support within their homes.

The range of exceptional community facilities include a wellness centre, restaurant, private dining room, wine cellar, exercise circuit, landscaped gardens and rooftop sky deck with views to Brisbane's CBD.

A diverse range of services, including private and government-funded care that can be individually tailored to allow residents to remain in their home and within the village community, will be provided through RetireAustralia's unique new care offering.

Medical and allied services, public transport, dining and entertainment options are all nearby and Fancutts is within walking distance of Lutwyche City shopping centre, which is currently undergoing a $40 million redevelopment.

The Fancutts Retirement Living Display Suite is located at 33 Laura Street, Lutwyche, and is open Monday to Friday from 10am-3pm and on Saturdays by appointment.

To find out more about Fancutts Retirement Living or register your interest, visit the website, go to or phone 1300687738.

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