Life, well lived

Feel connected to the McCarthy Stone retirement community through our inspirational homeowner stories. And get motivated with our unique recipes, health and wellbeing tips, hobby ideas and help with creative ways to stay in touch. 
 

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Where Life Takes You

“I was born and bred in a mining village, following in the steps of several generations of miners in my family,” says Tom Robson, a retired mining engineer who now rents an apartment at the newly built Herriot Gardens, Sunderland.

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Five tips for finding your perfect retirement property

Moving home is a huge step – and if you’re looking for a retirement property, you need to be sure it’s the right one for you, now and in the future. Here’s five things to consider before making your move.

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New Year Reading List

Cosy reading season starts now, with a blizzard of books to delve into – some newly-released, some highly anticipated.

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A Free Spirit

Curtains-up on a new act for Space Odyssey actress now living in Amersham.

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Renting in Retirement

Unsure whether renting in retirement is for you? Use our ‘renting in retirement ultimate checklist’ to help you decide.

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Christmas wrapping guide

The joy and excitement of unwrapping presents never really wears off, no matter how old we get.

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Yule log recipe

Also known by its French name bouche de Noel, a Yule Log is essentially a filled, rolled chocolate log. It illustrates the ancient Norse and then later Christian tradition based around burning a symbolic log on the hearth fire.

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Candle making guide

Making candles is relatively easy and with a handful of supplies and a little know-how, you can fill your home with light and warmth in no time.

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Christmas Cocktails 2021

Create your own easy Christmas-themed cocktails with these amazing recipes! Looking for more inspiration? If you hurry, you can also book onto one of our amazing Christmas Mixology workshops up and down the country.

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The Christmas Wine List. The Main Event

Wondering which wine is best with Christmas dinner? Read McCarthy Stone's 2021 recommendations in partnership with Morrisons

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The Christmas Wine List. The Grand Finale

With help from our friends at Morrisons, McCarthy Stone has found the perfect wines/port/sherry to pair with traditional seasonal foods this Christmas. Cheers!

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The Christmas Wine list. Get the party started!

Wondering which Christmas Fizz is best for celebrations? Read McCarthy Stone's 2021 recommendations in partnership with Morrisons

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Christmas Recipe Book

We’ve rounded up the best of the best festive recipes from our fantastic on-site catering partners.

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McCarthy Stone BIG birthday roundup 2021

Happy Birthday from McCarthy Stone! Here’s a small selection of some of our biggest birthday celebrations in 2021!

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Homemade edible Christmas gifts 2021

Show the foodie in your life you really care with these thoughtful, creative, homemade edible Christmas gift ideas.

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Winter Roots Casserole with Cheddar & Thyme Dumplings recipe

This deliciously warming winter stew recipe is packed with healthy vegetables and topped with indulgent cheesy dumplings,

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Gingerbread cupcakes with toffee frosting recipe

A recipe for spicy festive gingerbread cupcakes from our McCarthy Stone Retirement Living Plus chefs

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Christmas savoury shortbread biscuit recipe

Recipes for delicious savoury shortbread, perfect for a Christmas party treat, from our McCarthy Stone Retirement Living Plus chefs.

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Spiced Apple Porridge recipe

A warming bowlful of delicious and healthy spiced apple porridge from our McCarthy Stone Retirement Living Plus chefs

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Vegan Gingerbread

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Five super healthy winter foods

Fuel up this winter on our five top healthy foods.

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Len Gray on retirement living in Harrow

Now happily living in a two bedroom apartment at Randolph House, a McCarthy Stone Retirement Living development in Harrow, Len recalls the moment that eventually led to his decision to move.

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Patricia Flack on retirement living in Colchester

When Patricia Flack and her partner, Michael Pearson, decided to downsize from their terraced house in the centre of Colchester, they took one look at McCarthy Stone’s Lancer House retirement development nearby and were instantly won over by the lifestyle on offer.

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Retirement living - the best of times

The McCarthy Stone community is rather special and it’s the inspiring insights into our homeowners’ lives that best tell the tale

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Retirement living story - Dot Connolley

Read the story of Dot, a former TV script supervisor who lives at Riverwood, a McCarthy Stone Retirement Living development near Glasgow

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Chana Masala Curry

This vegan curry dish of aromatically spiced chickpeas is super tasty and packed with essential nutrients

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Autumn reading list 2021

Our autumn reading list 2021 celebrates authors who have broken through against the odds and made wonderful contributions to the literary world with amazing debut novels.

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Apple and Cinnamon Cake Recipe

Use up the gorgeous glut of autumn apples with this delicious traditional teatime treat - it can also be made to be gluten and dairy free.

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Why Retire to a Bungalow House

A bungalow house could be a great choice as a retirement accommodation option, find out more about the benefits here.

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5 Great British Towns to Retire to

The UK has some of the best places to retire to, here’s our selection of five towns around the country you might want to consider.

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Retirement living story - Dot Connolley

Read the story of Dot, a former TV script supervisor who lives at Riverwood, a McCarthy Stone Retirement Living development near Glasgow

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Autumn reading list 2021

Our autumn reading list 2021 celebrates authors who have broken through against the odds and made wonderful contributions to the literary world with amazing debut novels.

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Apple and Cinnamon Cake Recipe

Use up the gorgeous glut of autumn apples with this delicious traditional teatime treat - it can also be made to be gluten and dairy free.

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Pet photography competition

We love well-behaved pets at McCarthy Stone. See photos from homeowners and employees of their amazing animal friends.

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Buy or rent - an expert interview

McCarthy Stone offers a number of flexible rental and purchase options. Our expert explains.

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Red cabbage sauerkraut recipe

Enjoy the health benefits of homemade sauerkraut with Dr. Caroline Gilmartin’s simple how to guide.

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Lemonade scone recipe

Derina from Caen Stone Court retirement development, Arundel, West Sussex, gave us this wonderful simple summer scone recipe.

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Top 10 Best British Towns to Enjoy the Expat Life without Leaving the UK

If you want to get a taste of the expat life without leaving the UK, you could take a trip to the places around our country which offer a similar lifestyle and setting to popular global expat destinations.

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Summer holiday activities guide

Looking for things to do in the summer school holidays? We've got the best advice from grandparents in our developments.

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Top 10 summer cocktails to make at home

From easy summer champagne cocktails to tropical rum punch these simple and delicious summer cocktail recipes from McCarthy Stone will go down a treat.

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British expats returning to the UK advice and tips

If you’re a retired expat returning to the UK, we’ve put this useful advice hub together to help make the process as simple and as stress-free as possible.

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Traditional summer pudding recipe

This perfect summer pudding is jam-packed with beautiful seasonal produce. Make our easy summer pudding in just four steps

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Best summer picnic recipes

This is our pick of the best picnic recipes from our chef’s and homeowners. Just add sunshine, friends/family and a beauty spot.

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Top gardening tips for June

If you’ve questions about what to do in a garden in June and how to maintain your garden in summer, we’ve got the answers.

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Gluten free blueberry loaf recipe

Almost a health food, this blueberry loaf cake recipe from McCarthy Stone is gluten free, dairy free and low in sugar.

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Roast tomatoes with anchovy and basil recipe

A brilliant fresh tomato recipe to use up a glut of tomatoes.

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Publishing her first novel in her 70s

Retirement stories: publishing your first fiction novel as a 72 year-old grandmother of three is quite a coup

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Photography Competition

We’re asking the photographers among our homeowners and teams to send us their unusual angles for our summer competition.

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Triple choc brownies recipe

These triple choc brownies are the ultimate gooey chocolate brownies in our opinion.

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May gardening tips

Wondering what to do in your garden in May? Read up on the top May garden tasks from McCarthy Stone and your garden will soon be blooming lovely.

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Meadow Mojito cocktail recipe

Celebrate with this refreshing spring/summer cocktail of gin, lime and mint.

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Has the pandemic made Brits’ relationships with their neighbours stronger?

In such a turbulent period of history, small sparks of hope, optimism and faith in the human race have begun to shine through

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How to become a good neighbour

Read our ‘how to be a good neighbour guide’ and turn your neighbours into good friends.

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The McCarthy Stone Spring Poetry Book

Spring themed poems from our wonderful homeowners and teams.

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Lemon and thyme pear tart with apricot glaze recipe

Delicate, fragrant, flavourful and very pretty to look at, this pear tart recipe is perfect for parties and picnics.

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Homeowner advocate programme

Our homeowners are in the know, and what’s better, they’re just a call away.

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Wild swimming

Swimming in wild waters has seen a surge in popularity in a year when many of us have reconnected with nature.

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Our experts’ guide to stress-free moving

Our removal partner Bishop's Move give their 10 golden rules to make moving house easier.

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Chipotle chicken grilled cheese sandwich recipe

Gooey, tangy, spicy and tongue-tinglingly delicious this decadent chicken and cheese toastie is just the ticket for an indulgent lunch for two.

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Five top gardening jobs for April

April is a busy month for gardeners with ideal conditions for planting flower and vegetable seeds.

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Easter Simnel Cake Recipe

Our chef's recipe for traditional Easter Simnel cake

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Our top five UK National Parks

We explore some of our favourite national parks. Perfect for picnics, long rambles and wildlife spotting.

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Easter wine pairings

A selection of wines from Morrisons to have at Easter.

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The McCarthy Stone Bread Book

Download these free bread recipes made with love by our McCarthy Stone homeowners and teams

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Expat experience: a place in the sun and back again

We spoke to Lesley Jones, who with her husband Paul, moved into a McCarthy Stone retirement apartment after 18 years as expats in Cyprus.

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Lancaster Estates Manager Pulls Retirement Community Together

Estate Manager, Andrea, shares experience of lockdown in her development.

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Seven gardening tips for spring

Seven spring gardening tips and tasks to do in March

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The Close Welcomes its First Homeowners

Retirees in Nuneaton are celebrating six months in their new homes at The Close.

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Celebrating International Women's Day

We mark International Women’s Day with five remarkable women

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Honey Bee Biscuits

Soft, sweet and simple to make this recipe for delicate honey shortbread biscuits is perfect for spring.

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World Book Day

Homeowner enters short story competition for World Book Day and captures the humorous side of her time as a young chambermaid in the early 1960s.

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Share the love

House Manager Jacqui was on BBC Radio Solent to speak about sharing the love at her development in Lymington.

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Jobs for life

Here’s a round-up of some of our remarkable homeowners who have enjoyed extraordinary careers.

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Herby Spring Chicken Pie

Spring is in the air! And this recipe for zesty Herby Spring Chicken Pie is perfect right now. Quick, easy, light and delicious

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Random Acts of Kindness

We've put together a few of our wonderful development managers who have carried out an act of kindness.

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Sharing The Untold Story Of Her Husband’s War

A Retired Lady From South Shields Shares The Untold Story Of Her Husband’s War

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Evelyn's Scottish Shortbread

Homeowner Evelyn Currie from Cartwright Court, Malvern shared this melt-in-the-mouth recipe for traditional shortbread, made with plenty of butter.

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Finding Love in Later Life

Valentine special: David and Ellen met and fell in love at their McCarthy Stone development.

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A match made in McCarthy Stone

Valentine special. This couple found true love in later life after meeting at McCarthy Stone

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Bao buns with char sui pork

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Valentine's Day Red Velvet Cupcakes

Give in to temptation with this decadent recipe for Valentine’s Day Red Velvet cupcakes.

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Italian Wedding Soup

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House manager keeps retirees safe and happy through challenging times

What has life been like for a House Manager of a retirement community for the over-60s during a global pandemic?

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Pulling the community together in tough times

A day in the life of an Estate Manager during the tough times of a global pandemic

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Quorn photo competition winner

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Moving couldn't be simpler

Moving into a McCarthy Stone retirement property couldn't be simpler, here's why.

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Community at our heart

Life changed for us all in March, and for homeowners at Hillier Court in Romsey it was no different.

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Vegan Gingerbread

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Engineering History

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Working out at home

Move your body with some simple exercises to do at home.

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A candid Q & A with Gransnet

Gransnet sent our Senior Divisional Sales Marketing Director their top questions, take a look here.

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Thinking about getting a dog in retirement?

Our handy guide will help you consider the pros and cons of dog ownership and picks out some of the best breeds for retirement living.

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How to attract birds to your garden

Read our tips on feeding garden birds and helping them to thrive.

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An Award Winning Year

We are delighted to announce we have received the Housebuilder Special Recognition Award!

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Everyone has a story

Retirement living story: Homeowner Wyllie Longmore travelled 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean to pursue his dream acting career.

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Five super healthy winter foods

Fuel up this winter on our five top healthy foods.

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Vegan Hoisin Pancakes with tofu fried rice

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Vegan Paella

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Reading list

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Kinder New Year’s resolutions for 2021

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Looking after yourself

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Our top five places for invigorating winter walks

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Introducing the new McCarthy Stone Foundation!

The Foundation aims to increase the wellbeing of older people while bridging the gap between generations.

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Winter Roots Casserole with Cheddar & Thyme Dumplings recipe

This deliciously warming winter stew recipe is packed with healthy vegetables and topped with indulgent cheesy dumplings,

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Moving into their dream home

Dr and Mrs Learner did not expect to be thrown into the middle of a global pandemic 24 hours before their moving-in date.

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Living Life To The Full During Lockdown

Homeowners of McCarthy Stone’s Clarendon House found new ways to continue to live life to the full

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A Picture Postcard Balcony

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Chana Masala Curry

This vegan curry dish of aromatically spiced chickpeas is super tasty and packed with essential nutrients

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Television series

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Helping others, helps ourselves

Being a Buddy brought unexpectedly heartwarming benefits to our volunteers

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Blackberry Macaroons

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One Door Closes, Another Door Opens

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Nuneaton Is Officially Opened

There was cause for celebration last week as Mr Marcus Jones, MP for Nuneaton, paid a visit to officially open The Close

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The secret life of Doreen

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Pumpkin Curry with Chickpeas

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Appeal Launched By Poundbury Retirees To Complete Their Community

Residents at Bowes Lyon Court are looking for the missing piece of their puzzle to join their community.

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Perfect Pumpkin Pie

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Moving Stories

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Unstoppable At Seventy - Proving that Age Really Is Just A Number

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Discover Qigong

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Tandem Skydive Ticked off Residents Bucket List Despite Lockdown

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Podcast Picks

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Volunteer Buddy Meets Self-Isolators in Ilkley for the First Time

Aleks discovered a new-found purpose in supporting the residents and staff at Priestley Court

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Art, craft and charity

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Of Landscapes and Living Things’

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Downsizing Is the Key to Happiness

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Lockdown Diary

What did a day in the life of a House Manager of a retirement community of over-60s look like, and how are things now?

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A Day in the Life of an Estate Manager

What did a day in the life of an Estate Manager for a community of over-60s look like in lockdown — and how are things now?

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10 great tips to sleep well tonight

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The Most Popular Hobbies for Retirees

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The Expert View: How to Feel Younger in Retirement

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Caring for House Plants

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Why Retire to a Bungalow House

A bungalow house could be a great choice as a retirement accommodation option, find out more about the benefits here.

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5 Great British Towns to Retire to

The UK has some of the best places to retire to, here’s our selection of five towns around the country you might want to consider.

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Rent for Retirement The Future is Flexible

If you’re looking to maintain flexibility throughout your retirement years, then renting is the perfect solution.

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