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Elms Retirement Park History


Park History

The Elms is owned and managed by the The Kinch Family. Headed up by John and Marion their children Ann, Johnny, Tracey and Stuart all work for the business.  Having moved to Torksey in the late 1970’s John had a vision to turn what was then a holiday caravan park into the award winning residential park for the over 50’s that it is today. With little financial resources behind him John took a job working at a local coal mine to help support his family whilst he and Marion grew the business.  He would go to work for an early shift at 4am, returning home after a hard day’s work to have a meal and then go out onto the park to literally start digging holes and laying infrastructure. All the children played their role in helping out over the holidays and weekends but none more so than Stuart, the youngest child who is now Managing Director.

Over the many years The Elms has continued to grow and improve, with what began as just a few park homes, grew to more and now its 65 acres are home to 339 high quality park homes.

After many years of hard work, John and Marion took their retirement and handed over the reins to the children, whilst still keeping a very close eye on operations!

Sadly John passed away in November 2016, leaving behind him a legacy to be proud of. The news was devastating not only to the family but also to many residents of The Elms who have had the privilege to see The Elms grow over the years and witness John’s vision and dedication taking place. Read more about John’s history and where it all began – Remembering John Kinch.


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