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Staying in more, doesn’t mean staying still. We’ve pulled together some ideas for entertainment and adventures that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home.

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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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Christmas wrapping guide

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

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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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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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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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Foundation Calendar

Can your seasonal images help our fabulous foundation raise money to champion causes for older people, children and communities?

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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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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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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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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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Interior design inspiration

Interior design trends 2021 from the experts at McCarthy Stone

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One Door Closes, Another Door Opens

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Of Landscapes and Living Things’

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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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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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The McCarthy Stone Spring Poetry Book

Spring themed poems from our wonderful homeowners and teams.

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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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Celebrating International Women's Day

We mark International Women’s Day with five remarkable women

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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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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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Fair Close Day Centre Gets a Boost from McCarthy Stone

The Fair Close Day Centre is to get a Men’s Shed thanks to our donation. The money will provide a place for people in Newbury and Thatcham to practice skills while making friends.

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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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Buntingford Bowls Club donation boost

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Quorn photo competition winner

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Raising money for East Devon Hospiscare

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Engineering History

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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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Reading list

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