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Retirement marks a significant milestone in life; the start of a new chapter filled with possibilities. An era where you can decide how to spend your time, and perhaps more importantly, a chance to pursue comfort and relaxation.

As New Homes Week (27th Feb – 3rd March) shares tips, guidance and inspiration for next year’s home buyers, there’s no better time to explore the advantages of choosing a new retirement apartment. Modern, purpose-built retirement apartments offer a host of benefits that align with the evolving needs of you as a retiree. Comfort, warmth, community, and stress-free living await!

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At Burghley Retirement Living we know the advantages of a new-build retirement apartment are wide-reaching, that’s why we continuously developing new properties in areas we know will suit the retirement community down to the ground. You can find out more about our properties here https://burghleyretirement.co.uk/locations/ and why not read on for more on the six advantages of a new retirement apartment.

  • Tailored modern design – new-build retirement apartments have contemporary designs, featuring the latest in accessibility and functionality. At Burghley Retirement Living our spaces are well thought out, designed to accommodate the unique and changing needs of our residents. We build homes that align style and practicality seamlessly. In the communal areas we have chosen fresh, modern interiors. And the real beauty of a brand-new home – your new apartment will be a blank canvas ready for your own stamp of creativity to make it feel like your home.
  • Leisure time upgraded – Luxury retirement apartments have everything you need to embrace a lifestyle with lots of leisure time. Our properties have cutting-edge amenities designed to cater specifically to retirees. A fitness suite, library, activities room, landscaped gardens, and communal lounges that are ideal for socialising and hosting, all features at many of our developments. Our new-build communities create a vibrant environment for residents to revel in their newfound freedom and lead an active, rewarding lifestyle in retirement.
  • Nurturing communities – all our properties have a wide programme of events aimed at fostering connections between our homeowners and the wider community. Regular social events take place in our communal spaces and at venues nearby. The emphasis on community within our new-build retirement apartments helps to combat isolation and encourage residents to have an active and fulfilling social life.
  • Minimal maintenance, maximum comfort – in a new-build, luxury retirement apartment such as one from Burghley Retirement Living you can enjoy the perks of reduced maintenance responsibilities. Modern construction and quality materials are certain to keep issues to a minimum, but our properties also come with onsite maintenance teams so you will never have to worry about the upkeep of your property. Burghley Retirement apartments are also covered by a 10-year guarantee with Ark, providing a NHBC style warranty, which is widely accepted by mortgage lenders.

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All our retirement apartments are highly insulated and energy efficient, including double glazing and A-rated condensing boilers, which all help you to keep those energy bills to a minimum.

  • Peace of Mind – In a new-build retirement apartment security takes centre stage. From camera door entry to advanced surveillance, our residences prioritise safety, offering unparalleled peace of mind for both owners and their families. Our onsite managers also offer an optional daily check in service for extra reassurance, and we provide a 24-hour emergency helpline.
  • Proximity to Healthcare and Services – staying in good health becomes even more of a priority as we get older. All our developments are strategically located near to local facilities, with convenient access to medical services. And it’s not just about physical health – the tranquillity of thoughtfully planned landscapes can positively affect your overall sense of wellbeing too.

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As we immerse ourselves in New Homes Week celebrations, the spotlight is firmly on the advantages of choosing a new-build retirement apartment. More than just a residence, our Burghley Retirement Living properties offer modern spaces and an investment in a lifestyle that embraces comfort, convenience, and community. It is a decision to invest in a future made supremely enjoyable through modern design, advanced amenities, and the promise of a fulfilling retirement experience.

To find out more about luxury retirement living in Shipley, Derby, Thornton-Cleveleys, and Brighouse, visit https://burghleyretirement.co.uk/locations/ to download a brochure and arrange a personal tour.

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Retirement is a time for new beginnings, relaxation, and a chance to do all the things you love the most. For many retirees, a key component of the joy of retirement lies in spending quality time with family, especially the younger generations. As such, an increasing number of people are choosing to make a retirement living move to be near grandchildren. It’s a decision that can encourage deeper connections between generations and has benefits for all members of the family. Making memories together, keeping sharp and active in older age, and sharing wisdom and family traditions to name a few.

At Burghley Retirement Living, seeing our owners interact with their grandchildren after a retirement living move to be near grandchildren is one of the most rewarding aspects of our job. Once the shackles of unsuitable accommodation or the impracticalities of distance have been removed, our owners revel in the time and freedom they have to really focus on what’s important in life.

BENEFITS OF RETIREMENT LIVING NEAR GRANDCHILDREN

Here are just some of the benefits of making a retirement living move to be near grandchildren.

A Retirement Living Move to be Near Grandchildren

BUILDING STRONGER INTERGENERATIONAL BONDS

One of the most compelling reasons for retirees to relocate to be near their grandchildren is the opportunity to be more actively involved in their lives. It’s so much easier to see them face-to-face more frequently, offering the chance to share stories and create lasting memories that can really strengthen bonds between you and your loved ones.

PROVIDING SUPPORT AND WISDOM

Grandparents can provide invaluable support to their grandchildren. Whether it’s helping with homework, offering guidance on life decisions, or simply being a listening ear; your wisdom and perspective will enrich their lives. Grandparents bring security and stability which can be especially beneficial during the formative years of children’s lives. And remember, sometimes it’s easier to discuss or share a problem with a grandparent who is once removed from their situation. Being closer geographically will certainly bring you closer to your grandchildren in all aspects of the word.

SHARING FAMILY TRADITIONS

Whether it’s a special recipe, a holiday tradition, or stories about yours and your children’s (their parent’s) lives, sharing experiences will help to foster their sense of identity and build your legacy.

WIDENING CHILDCARE OPTIONS

Grandparents can be a tremendous support for parents both financially and emotionally. Perhaps if you make the move to live nearer to your grandchildren you can step in to provide some of the childcare, allowing parents the flexibility to pursue careers or simply enjoy some quality time together. Having children can also be a difficult time for some parents, so having you nearby will give them that all important emotional support from somebody who has lived through raising a family themselves.

A FULFILLING RETIREMENT

Living nearer to your grandchildren is not only beneficial for them; it will also enhance your quality of life. There is certainly a sense of fulfilment to be found in witnessing the growth and development of your grandchildren, but there is research to suggest that it can keep you feeling younger and sharper for longer. Even living longer! One long study in America found that by the end of a 20-year study, those who helped with childcare had mortality rates 37 percent lower than grandparents who did not. Who doesn’t want to add a few years to their life?

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PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS

So hopefully we’ve highlighted the benefits of a retirement living move to be near grandchildren, but what about the practicalities involved? Making any move requires careful consideration to ensure a smooth transition.

LOCATION

It’s wise to choose a location that strikes a balance between proximity to grandchildren and the amenities and services that are important for you as a retiree. You will need to maintain your independence and a circle of friends to ensure it’s a move that suits everyone – you included. That’s exactly why we build developments that are close to local communities and public transport links.

NEW HOME

Consider housing options that align with your lifestyle, whether that’s downsizing to a smaller home or exploring luxury retirement apartments such as our Burghley Retirement Living developments. Choosing something suitable for you, where your grandchildren can also visit and stay could be key. At Burghley Retirement Living we offer a range of 2-bedroom apartments, perfect for sleepovers!  A hotel style guest suite where family can also stay over, plus, beautiful communal lounges where you can meet with extended family for larger gatherings.

A Retirement Living Move to be Near Grandchildren

FINANCES

You may need to evaluate the financial aspects of the move, including the cost of living in the new area, potential changes to expenses, and any adjustments needed to your retirement budget. Independent financial advice is important here.  In a move to one of our developments, financial management is made a little easier.  Once you have paid the annual service charge, which includes all the property maintenance and your property insurance, all you need to do is budget for the usual bills. And, with thermally insulated apartments, energy efficient appliances and new double glazing, we help to keep these to a minimum.

TALK IT THROUGH

It’s a good idea to keep the communication open with your children and grandchildren about the move. Consider their needs and expectations, addressing any concerns or logistical challenges.

A Retirement Living Move to be Near Grandchildren

TRY IT OUT

Finally, why not consider a trial period before making the move. Spend extended periods in the new location to familiarise yourself with the area and to gauge how well you adapt to the change. You can visit any Burghley Retirement Living development, meet other apartment owners and the lodge manager, and perhaps stay for a trial night to be sure it’s for you.

Or why not pop along to one of our open days and hear first-hand what life is like in retirement living!

FURTHER READING:

Is looking after your grandchildren good for you? This article in My Weekly takes a further look into this topic. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

If you’ve made the decision to downsize and make a retirement living move to be near grandchildren, then read our tips on how to positively downsize here.

To find out more about luxury retirement living with Burghley Retirement Living in Shipley, Derby, Thornton-Cleveleys, and Brighouse, visit https://burghleyretirement.co.uk/locations/

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As our loved one’s approach retirement, ensuring they continue to have a comfortable and fulfilling lifestyle is the number one priority. Retirement should be an exciting phase of life. Planning and considering all areas of retirement properly can help your older relatives to embrace a new chapter fully, so that it can enjoyed carefree, without stress and concerns.

Supporting your parents in retirement living planning involves careful consideration on various factors, from financial preparation to lifestyle preferences. And remember, it’s never too soon to start organising downsize plans to create the active retirement they want.  Here’s a step-by-step guide with 10 ways to help your parents plan for retirement living:

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Start Conversations Early

Initiate open and honest discussions about retirement plans before your parents reach retirement age. And there is no better time than the new year to take control of the retirement future they want to enjoy.

Your parents may want to make a significant move before retirement, so they are already settled when retirement comes. Burghley Retirement Living developments are designed for people with active lives aged 55 years and over, whether owners are retired already or not. Your parents can still downsize and move into one of our luxury apartments now, in readiness for the future.

If you are to help parents or older relatives plan their retirement, it is crucial that you understand their goals, preferences, and concerns regarding their living and financial arrangements during retirement. These conversations lay the foundation for effective planning.

Assess Financial Security

If you are financially savvy, you can assist your parent to assess their financial situation ahead of retirement. Alternatively, suggest that they review their finances with an independent financial advisor to check they are on track for the retirement they envisage. Review savings, investments, pensions, and any retirement accounts to create a comprehensive retirement plan aligned with their income and expenses.

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Explore Living Options

Discuss various retirement living options based on their preferences and needs. These could range from aging in place (staying at home with modifications for safety and accessibility as your parents age) to downsizing to a smaller home or moving to a retirement community such as Burghley Retirement Living. Depending on their age and mobility you could also explore assisted living facilities or have a retirement living apartment adapted to suit their needs.

At Burghley Retirement Living we have a number of luxury retirement properties that are ideally suited to independent living within a community of like-minded residents. All our properties are modern, fresh, and inviting, with onsite managers who take care of the day-to-day maintenance, organise social events, and offer a daily contact call with owners which can provide peace of mind to relatives.

Research Retirement Locations

It’s not just the physical living space but the locality that is important when considering a retirement move. Long-term, it is beneficial to be close by to local amenities (within walking distance or on a bus route). Even if your parents can drive now and are very independent, there may come a time when feeling connected to the local community is vital for their mental and physical well-being. That’s why Burghley Retirement Living builds its retirement communities within local communities – so accessing services is easy.  And don’t forget, you can visit our developments before you commit to anything and meet the lodge manager and other owners.

Research and visit several options together. Look for amenities, healthcare services, recreational activities, and the overall atmosphere that aligns with their lifestyle choices. Very often the right place will give you a ‘feeling’ but it’s important to make a practical check list too.

Address Health And Long-Term Care

Discuss health care needs and potential long-term care considerations. If your parents have the resources, it’s worth exploring life and critical illness insurance options that cover healthcare expenses and long-term care services. This will ensure your parents are adequately prepared for any unforeseen medical issues.

If they have a niggling or ongoing health issue, now is the time to fully tackle it, finding the best way to rectify or manage it for the longer term.

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Delve Into Legal And Estate Planning

Encourage your parents to create or update legal documents such as wills, trusts, and healthcare directives. This is a statement explaining what medical treatment they would or would not want to have in the future. Make sure that they consult with a solicitor to ensure their wishes are legally documented and can be followed easily.

Power of attorney is one of the most important conversations you can have with an older relative. It’s vital that this is in place should you need to step in and make decisions for your parents around their care in the future.

Offer Emotional Support For The Transition

Recognising that the transition into retirement living can be an emotional challenge is important for your parents. It acknowledges their feelings and can help them to process and negative emotions around the transition.

You can help them by offering support. Listen to their concerns and involve them in decision-making to maintain their sense of control and autonomy. It often helps to also talk to other people who have made a similar move.

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Encourage Social Engagement

Emphasise the importance of social connections in retirement to your parents. Encourage participation in community activities, clubs, or volunteering opportunities to foster a sense of belonging and purpose.

If your parents are moving to a retirement apartment like a Burghley Retirement Living property, then there will be a programme of events that encourage social interaction and forging friendships. Your lodge manager will be able to share the list of upcoming activities so you can help your parents to plan their social calendar and what to do with their newfound free time.

Schedule Regular Reviews And Adjustments

Just like anything in life, retirement plans may need adjustments over time in line with external factors and your parents’ own changing situation. Make regular check ins to assess your parents’ needs, preferences, and financial situation. You can plan any necessary adaptations to ensure their comfort and well-being.

Adopting Self-Care For Caregivers

Finally, remember to take care of yourself. Assisting your parents in retirement planning can be emotionally taxing. Change is difficult in any phase of life. Seek support from other family members when needed – if you have siblings, it should be a joint task rather than falling to one person’s shoulders.

Engaging the services of professionals when needed can take any emotional charge from the situation. Remember to prioritise your own well-being so that you are in the best shape to look after your older relatives.

By actively engaging in discussions, understanding your parents’ needs, and assisting in planning, you can help your parents to transition into retirement living with confidence and ease. Ultimately, supporting them in this phase of life can foster peace of mind and a fulfilling retirement experience.

To find out more about luxury retirement living in Shipley, Derby, Thornton-Cleveleys, and Brighouse, visit https://burghleyretirement.co.uk/locations/

 

 

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It’s easy to overlook the importance of nurturing our mental and physical well-being at any stage of life. When we retire though, it becomes increasingly important. The opportunity to slip into bad habits often becomes more prominent without the routine and purpose of work.

Finding simple ways to exercise both the mind and body can significantly enhance our overall health and happiness in retirement, keeping us sharp, connected and staving off diseases and poor health. Retirement living can be active living after all.

With the new year, and good intentions in mind, here are five tips and exercises for staying mentally and physically active in retirement. And if you are over 55 years but not yet retired, you have no excuses either – all these tips will help you too!

Practise Mindfulness Meditation

Taking a few moments each day to practice mindfulness meditation is not just a valuable practice for the mind. There are physical benefits too, with mindfulness meditation being proven to lower blood pressure, improving sleep, and enhancing general wellbeing.

Initially for five or ten minutes each day, find a quiet space, sit comfortably, and focus on your breath. Allow thoughts to come and go without judgment. This practice enhances mental clarity, reduces stress, and fosters a sense of inner peace.

An exercise to try at home: Start with five minutes of mindful breathing, otherwise known as box breathing, and slowly build on this. Inhale deeply for a count of four, hold for four, exhale for four, and then hold for another four. Gradually increase the duration and frequency as you become more comfortable. The optimum duration of mindfulness meditation is twenty minutes per day, twice a day.

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Challenge Yourself With Brain Teasers And Puzzles

Re-engage your mind with puzzles, riddles, or brain teasers. Whether it’s Sudoku, crossword puzzles, jigsaws or logic games, these activities stimulate cognitive function, improve memory, and boost problem-solving skills. All of which are increasingly important as we age.

Doing a puzzle exercises the area of the brain that stores memories. A person must remember pieces they’ve seen before when putting a puzzle together. Strengthening and exercising short-term memory is especially important for older adults.

Puzzles require patience and concentration, which can help improve focus and attention span. They also require analytical thinking, as you must figure out how the pieces fit together. Games help to improve cognitive skills, critical thinking, and logical reasoning.

Try it at home – Dedicate a few minutes each day to solve a puzzle or riddle. You could do this as a social activity if you desire, joining a club or linking up with friends to provide another host of social benefits. The communal lounges at our retirement living developments are an ideal place to gather, and some also offer a dedicated games room. Perfect for puzzlers! Challenge yourself with increasingly complex tasks to keep your brain active. You can download brain training apps which will give you a programme of progressively demanding tasks.  

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Push Your Boundaries With Regular Physical Exercise

Physical activity is crucial for both physical fitness and mental health. Exercise releases endorphins, reducing stress and improving mood. It also enhances cognitive function by increasing blood flow to the brain.

How often and vigorously should older people exercise?

As a rule of thumb if you aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise daily this will give you all mental and physical advantages. It can include brisk walks, jogging, yoga, or any activity that gets your heart pumping and muscles moving.

The NHS is even more specific with its advice for older adults around exercise. On top of being physical active every day, it recommends taking part in activities that will increase balance, strength, and flexibility, including lifting weights if it is within your ability. The NHS also suggests 150 minutes of ‘moderate intensity activity’ such as water aerobics, walking for health or riding a bike. Alternatively, you can do 75 minutes of ‘vigorous intensity activity’ – running, swimming, bike riding or aerobics – per week.

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Some of our retirement living developments offer a dedicated fitness suite, and all are located near local sports and fitness amenities.

Burghley Retirement Living also allows you the chance to bring your pet with you, and if you opt to do this, then a dog walk will double up as getting your steps in for the day. Ask you lodge manager to provide you with popular dog walking routes nearby to your property.

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Expand Your Horizons And Learn Something New

Engage in lifelong learning by exploring new skills or hobbies. Learning stimulates brain activity, fosters creativity, and boosts self-confidence.

Ideas to try at home – Pick up a new language, try your hand at a musical instrument, harness your painting skills, start cooking, or have a go at coding. Dedicate regular time to practice and develop your newfound skill. You can learn in an online course or enrol at your local night school or college which should have a range of affordable options.

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Make Social Interaction A Priority

Human connections are vital for mental well-being and are proven to keep older people happier and healthier. Engage in meaningful conversations, spend time with friends and family, or join clubs or groups with shared interests.

Make it your new year’s resolution to plan regular social activities, whether it’s a coffee date with a friend, a book club meeting, or volunteering for a cause you’re passionate about.

If you’re a Burghley Retirement Living owner you can take part in a programme of regular events, clubs, and activities all of which are included in your service fee. Ask your lodge manager for details on what’s coming up.

By incorporating these tips into your daily routine, you’ll not only keep your mind and body active but also cultivate a healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle. Remember, the key lies in consistency and finding activities that bring you joy and fulfilment.

Take the first step today towards a more vibrant and balanced life by visiting your nearest Burghley Retirement Living property. Find out more about luxury retirement living in Shipley, Derby, Thornton-Cleveleys, and Brighouse, visit https://burghleyretirement.co.uk/locations/

 

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As the New Year approaches, it is an opportune moment to reflect on the journey ahead, particularly as retirement beckons or unfolds. This transition marks a significant milestone in your life, offering a fresh page to script a fulfilling and purposeful chapter.

Effective New Year’s resolutions around retirement involve introspection, planning, and a commitment to embrace the future with enthusiasm. Here’s a guide to creating resolutions that set the tone for a fulfilling retirement journey, and possibly retirement living.

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REFLECTING ON ASPIRATIONS AND GOALS

Retirement or not, New Year’s Resolutions can sometimes feel like a whim. Short term aspirations that will fall by the wayside come February. To truly take advantage of the reset presented by your retirement you can take the time to look inwards and make plans based on what will truly make you happy.

This can be done in a number of ways.

  • Self-Discovery – Begin by reflecting on your aspirations. What passions, hobbies, or interests have been waiting in the wings? Retirement opens the door to explore new avenues or revisit long-lost passions. Take time to delve into what truly brings you joy and fulfilment and set your intentions accordingly.
  • Identifying Priorities – Consider your priorities for your retirement, which is essentially the gift of time. Is it travel? Spending more time with loved ones? Pursuing creative endeavours, or using your free time wisely with self-care or philanthropic activities?
  • Journaling – the act of writing down what’s in your mind can be immensely cathartic, laying bare thoughts and emotions you did not realise were holding you back and making space for your true desires to surface. The best way to journal is to try not to think too hard. The idea is for a stream of consciousness to flow onto the page.

Some prompts could include: What does my ideal life look like now? Where do I feel I have wasted time in the past? What excites me about the future.

Identifying these priorities lays the groundwork for meaningful resolutions.

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CRAFTING MEANINGFUL RESOLUTIONS (AND STICKING TO THEM)

There are techniques to help you keep to your new year’s resolutions as your retirement expands, which ring true at any stage of life. Setting realistic goals, celebrating progress and regular evaluation are the cornerstones of effective new year’s resolutions.

Make your resolutions specific, achievable, and realistic. For instance, rather than a vague goal of ‘travel more,’ specify destinations or experiences you aspire to. Set a target to visit a certain number of places within the year.

Collect inspiration together in a scrap book. Using the travel metaphor, it could be pictures of places you would like to go, dishes you would like to try and experiences you would like to have while you’re there. Talk to people who have travelled to places you’d like to go. A sure-fire way to achieve goals is to surround yourself with people who have lived through them and prove they are attainable.

Make sure to find the balance between aspirational but within the realms of possibility.  You can separate short- and long-term goals.

For example, a round the world cruise may not be immediately accessible, but several smaller short haul trips could give you the inspiration to push on to more ambitious travels.  Celebrate milestones along the way. Each achievement, no matter how small, contributes to the fulfilment of your retirement resolutions. Recognising these milestones fuels motivation to pursue further goals.

Regular Evaluation – Periodically review your resolutions. Assess your progress, celebrate achievements, and adjust if needed. Allow flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances or evolving interests.

 

SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR RESOLUTIONS THAT STICK

So, what are some areas where new year’s resolutions in retirement can be beneficial. Here are some examples of effective retirement new year’s resolutions that will help to enrich all areas of your life. And, because Burghley Retirement Living provides an opportunity to achieve all of these goals, we’ve highlighted why a retirement living apartment should be on your wish list for 2024.

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PRIORITISE HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Your health and well-being are the most important part of your life as you age. A healthy mind and body open the doors to happiness in all other spheres too.  Whether it’s committing to a regular exercise routine, dealing with ongoing niggling health issues, adopting a healthier diet, or exploring mindfulness practices, investing in your health is crucial for a fulfilling retirement.

RETIREMENT LIVING: We offer contemporary and welcoming communal spaces to meet friends for game nights and activities, to exercise those ‘little grey cells. Our locations make accessing local classes and groups easy.  Plus, many of our retirement living developments offer gyms, so you can embark on a New Year fitness plan.

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FINANCIAL PLANNING AND SECURITY

Review and refine financial goals. Consider consulting a financial advisor to ensure your retirement funds align with your lifestyle aspirations. Resolutions in this realm might include creating a budget, diversifying investments, or exploring new income streams.

Include resolutions that focus on long-term financial security. This might involve estate planning, updating wills or beneficiaries, or exploring options for healthcare and insurance coverage during retirement. Putting things in place to minimise stress for your family later down the line is one of the most effective new year’s resolutions you can make.

RETIREMENT LIVING: Our luxury retirement apartments are built to a high specification, with energy saving appliances and are thermally efficient, helping to keep monthly bills down.  Your annual service charge includes buildings insurance, so you don’t need to worry about any large maintenance bills.  Retirement living gives you the ability to budget well, with a greater financial reassurance.  Plus, if you are downsizing there is the opportunity to release equity now and enjoy the benefits of a financial nest egg.  If financial planning for a retirement living move seems overwhelming, we have a skilled team to help. Plus, we can even support you with a part exchange scheme and get you settled quickly into your retirement apartment lifestyle.

 

CULTIVATING RELATIONSHIPS AND COMMUNITY

A certain way to boost happiness and fulfilment in retirement is to prioritise relationships in your New Year’s Resolutions. Allocate time to foster connections with family and friends. This could involve regular gatherings for which our lounges and communal areas are ideal, planning activities together, or volunteering in your community.

Consider resolutions that involve expanding your social circles. Join clubs, groups, or classes that align with your interests. Embracing new social circles can bring a sense of purpose and alignment in retirement.

RETIREMENT LIVING: In addition to being set in the heart of local communities, our retirement lodges offer a range of activities in the communal lounges.  From watching TV together, to wine tasting events, game nights and Christmas parties.  The spaces are a hub of activity that allows neighbours to mix, and a place you will create friendships.  Plus, you can use them to host larger family celebrations, and with Guest Suites, family and friends can stay overnight.

 

PERSONAL GROWTH AND LEARNING

Whether it’s picking up a new hobby, enrolling in educational courses, or attending workshops, fostering personal growth adds depth and richness to your retirement journey. It’s the perfect time to learn a new skill or pick up an old hobby that life got in the way of.

Some ideas could be learning a new language, trying your hand a pottery or painting, taking a cookery course, or even going back to university and getting a degree! Whatever it is you feel a connection to, take the leap to expanding your knowledge and you certainly won’t have any regrets.

RETIREMENT LIVING: Life is an ongoing opportunity to learn a new skill.  We work with local groups to host events at the lodges, such as our festive event with the singing hub, Musical Village at our Derby development, Albany Lodge.  Here you can join in with the singing group and try your hand, or voice, at a new skill.  Lodge managers are also happy to work with owners in creating events that will enhance or develop new skills, such as art classes.

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RETIREMENT JOURNEY EQUALS RETIREMENT LIVING

As the New Year dawns, crafting effective resolutions around retirement isn’t just about setting goals; it’s about embracing a new chapter filled with purpose, growth, and joy.  And Burghley Retirement Living can provide the opportunity to fulfil many of your goals.

Embrace the opportunity that retirement brings by crafting new year’s resolutions in line with your own personalised vision of the future.  Allowing you to live your retirement, your way.

To find out more about luxury retirement living in Shipley, Derby, Thornton-Cleveleys, and Brighouse, visit https://burghleyretirement.co.uk/locations/

 

 

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The festive season is upon us, and now is the perfect time to infuse your gatherings with a dash of sophistication and Christmas cheer.

If you’re recently retired or have moved to a retirement living apartment, well you may find that you have more time to channel into things you love – like hosting a memorable Christmas party!  Rather than dashing from place to place and surrendering to festive stress, you can now enjoy time spent planning and prepping – a brilliant upshot of the freedom from downsizing to a more suitable property. You’ll have more time to curate a harmonious blend of delightful cocktails, rustle up some delectable canapés, and consider how to foster an ambiance for joy – and connection.

Here are some Christmas party tips with cocktails and canapes to suit all, and ideas to help you craft a sensational soirée that will leave your guests suitably impressed.

A FORMAL INVITATION

Kick things off how you mean to go on by sending formal (ideally printed) invitations. It’s so much more thoughtful than a simple text and will give your guests a flavour of what’s to come. You could make these yourself in line with your theme or have them printed. There are some lovely hand-crafted ideas on Etsy, so why not take a browse and include them with your Christmas cards this year.

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DREAM FESTIVE DECOR

Firstly, set the scene with elegant decorations – fill the space with twinkling lights, lush greenery, and tasteful ornaments – you can read our blog on downsizing and up styling your Christmas decorations if you need inspiration on how to dress a smaller space.

A beautifully adorned tree and festive centrepieces can instantly elevate the ambiance, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere.

THE SCENT OF CHRISTMAS

Consider all the senses when you’re setting the stage – scented candles or a diffuser can infuse the room and embrace your guests with welcoming fragrance. Or why not try your hand at a seasonal simmer pot – a superb, natural, DIY way to fill your room with cosy scent. Pop traditionally festive ingredients like cinnamon, cloves, oranges, cranberries, and seasonal herbs in a pan and simmer them on the hob or slow cooker to permeate the room with an all-encompassing Christmas glow.

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“BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE”

Welcome guests into the warmth. Now that you have a smaller space, and with the exceptional thermal insulation of a Burghley Retirement Living apartment, it’s easier to keep it at a suitable temperature to welcome guests in from the cold. There’s nothing worse than shivering at a party where somebody has neglected to turn the heating on. Keep your party stage at an ambient heat to suit your dress code.

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COCKTAIL CORNER: SIGNATURE SERVES

Create a signature cocktail or two for the occasion. Classics like mulled wine, eggnog, or a festive twist on a martini can delight your guests. Consider offering a non-alcoholic option, like a sparkling cranberry mocktail, to cater to all preferences and ensure the designated drivers have some refreshing ad fulfilling options.

You could create some mixology magic and set up a DIY cocktail station. Provide various spirits, mixers, and garnishes along with recipe cards. This interactive element allows guests to craft their own cocktails, adding a fun and personalised touch.

If you’d prefer to be the cocktail master, then here are some of our favourites from cocktail and recipe experts:

Christmas Spiced Negroni

This classic cocktail gets its festive flavour from infusing gin with the essence of Christmas, which you can do a few days before. Find the full recipe here:

https://www.olivemagazine.com/recipes/cocktails-and-drinks/christmas-spiced-negroni/

Gingerbread Martini

Sweet tooth? Star baker? Combine confectionary creation with mixology by adorning this creamy cocktail with homemade gingerbread cookies for the sweetest of Christmas treats.

https://www.delish.com/holiday-recipes/christmas/g860/holiday-cocktails/?slide=1

Non-alcoholic Buttered Rum

There’s a whole host of inspiration for cocktails (sans alcohol) from Town & Country Magazine, but by far the most indulgent mocktail is the non-alcoholic buttered rum. Just divine.

https://www.townandcountrymag.com/leisure/drinks/g3122/christmas-mocktail-recipes/

CANAPÉS GALORE: BITE-SIZED DELIGHTS

Canapes are perfect for catering to a range of different tastes without over facing guests and keeping the night light and carefree. If it’s all you plan for your menu, then it’s best to let guests now ahead of time that there won’t be a substantial dinner.  From classic cheese and crackers to more adventurous options like smoked salmon blinis or fig and goat cheese crostini, offer an array of bite-sized delights.

Focus on presentation. Arrange the canapés on elegant platters or tiered trays to create an enticing display. Incorporate seasonal elements like cranberries, pomegranate seeds, or fresh herbs to add a festive touch to your culinary spread. You can place these on coffee tables and side tables around the room, so people can mix and mingle informally.

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OUR FAVOURITE CANAPÉ INSPIRATION

Beetroot Tacos with Goat’s Cheese

These mini beetroot tacos from Olive Magazine add a pop of vibrant festive colour to your party and they’re the perfect veggie treat for the non-carnivores.

https://www.olivemagazine.com/recipes/entertain/pickled-beetroot-tacos-with-goats-cheese/

Pancetta Cheddar and Cranberry Croquettes

These golden crispy croquettes are an indulgent bite of festive bliss. Yet they’re so simple to put together and can be frozen until you’re ready to use them. We’re all for time saving cheats! Especially when they taste this good.

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/pancetta-cheddar-cranberry-croquettes

Orange Curd Mini Tarts

Canapes don’t have to stay in the realms of the savoury. Try these mini tarts with citrus flavours enriched with vanilla mascarpone to wow those who can’t resist something sweet to round off the finger buffet.

https://www.deliciousmagazine.co.uk/recipes/orange-curd-mini-tarts/

Prefer to cheat? Ok, so if you are not the world’s greatest cook, you can still host a canape celebration.  Many leading supermarkets will stock nibbles and light bites, so order online and have them delivered to your retirement apartment. Cook, and decant onto pretty plates.  The key here is presentation.  A sprinkle of icing sugar over a tower of mini mince pies makes it look so much more inviting. And, much more homemade (shh….we wont tell).

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MEMORIES IN THE MAKING

In essence, the key to a successful Christmas party is to enjoy the process. So often you may have spent the festive season in a whirlwind of panic, tending to everyone’s needs but your own. Now it’s time to relax and enjoy the party curation process, as well as the end result. It’s the only surefire way to create cherished memories that will linger long after the last sip is taken, and the final bite enjoyed.

And one of the benefits of a retirement living apartment – well two actually – is that you can host your party in the communal lounge when the RSVPs outgrow your apartment.  And your neighbours can all be invited, with only a few footsteps home after all those cocktails.

Cheers to a truly unforgettable Christmas gathering!

To find out more about luxury retirement living in Shipley, Derby, Thornton-Cleveleys, and Brighouse, visit https://burghleyretirement.co.uk/locations/

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When you move into a luxury retirement development such as a Burghley Retirement Living property you will have already gone through the process of downsizing, which we know can be a truly positive and liberating experience.

At this stage of life, our owners often feel it’s time for a simpler lifestyle with more freedom, new friends, and space to make memories. Getting rid of the clutter and ‘stuff’ that has accumulated over the years can lead to a peaceful and serene living space, but what about when it comes to Christmas?

When it’s time to decorate your new retirement living property, you may again find yourself having to make decisions of what to display, keep or say goodbye to forever. And decorating a smaller space is very different to a larger family home, where your decorations may have been displayed for many years. If you think it’s time for a festive reset, then read on for our five tips to downsizing and up styling your Christmas decorations:

Slim it down

A full 6ft real spruce Christmas tree laden with baubles and trinkets is undoubtedly beautiful, but not at the expense of your entire floor space. Choose a slimline tree such as this one from Dunelm Mill, which will give you the effect of a larger tree but without encroaching on your living area. It’s pre-lit as well, meaning it’s easy to put up, rather than battling it out with ladders and a tangle of string lights. All you need to do is add baubles. CLICK HERE FOR MORE

Dunelm Mill do offer delivery, so you don’t have to worry about how to get the tree home!

Think beyond the tree

When it comes to downsizing and up styling your Christmas decorations, something colourful yet compact like a poinsettia will deliver maximum festive cheer in a small package. The vivid red hue can look simply stunning as table centres or dotted around the space with candles and fairy lights nestled in amongst them. More is more with this look.

An alternative if you prefer the scent of pine that only comes with a real tree, is to choose a series of miniature potted trees that will help you brighten more areas of the room. Opt for all the same size and line a table, windowsill or walkway, or dot gradually bigger and smaller trees about as you work round the room.

Importantly, in downsizing and up styling your Christmas decorations, we need to look beyond just dressing the room. Creating a festive atmosphere is also about light and scent. So, an easy and effective display brings these together – with scented candles (think cinnamon, spiced orange, mulled wine) nestled in a wreath of fresh or faux foliage.  A lovely addition to your festive table that will fill your retirement apartment with all the wonderful smells of Christmas.

The huge benefit here, is that if mobility is a struggle, the trees, poinsettia, and candles are not heavy and can be placed on surfaces at waist height. But still look effortlessly elegant and fabulously festive!

Go vertical

Use the wall space and vertical space in the room so as not to take up valuable square footage on the floor. And we don’t just mean some tinsel over your picture frames.

A Nordic hanging Christmas tree ladder such as this one from Not on the High Street will make a real statement. Or you could even create your own if you’re feeling crafty. CLICK HERE FOR MORE

Transform step ladders into a bespoke advent calendar for your grandchildren. Simply dress the ladder, lean it against the wall and add small boxes on the steps – one for each day. Less expensive still, hook brightly coloured paper cups to the steps and add a small gift or sweet treat in each one that they can open when the visit on the Christmas countdown.

Or use a simple wooden or painted ladder and dress with foliage, stockings, and battery-operated LED twinkling lights.  Hang it on the wall for an inexpensive, instant focal point.

Alternatively, if you are feeling more ambitious, you can put together a gorgeous installation over the table by suspending fresh holly, pine, and eucalyptus on this handy display bar from Dunelm Mill. CLICK HERE FOR MORE

Dial down the garish

You may have spent the last 40+ years collecting Christmas memorabilia and the chances are not a lot of it will match. And there’s even less chance of it having a coherent colour scheme. When it comes to downsizing and up styling your Christmas decorations, you may feel the motivation to get rid of what is no longer serving your festive vision.

Create a mood board that shows exactly how you’d like to decorate your space. Calm neutrals with a touch of sparkle, twinkling white lights or classic green and gold, whatever makes you happy.

Keep baubles that hold special significance or decorations made by your children in their younger years that you simply can’t part with, but instead of feeling pressured to display them, create a festive memory box. You could even gift it to them if you’re feeling particularly inspired to declutter, passing on the festive legacy and freeing up space to create your own winter wonderland.

Get creative

You may now find yourself with a bit more time on your hands so why not try some festive crafts. You can even get the grandchildren involved.

There is so much inspiration on Pinterest and TikTok using everything from orange slices to toilet rolls, here are just a few ideas to get you started.

Easy Paper Stars tutorial  – CLICK HERE FOR MORE

DIY Orange Wreath tutorial  – CLICK HERE FOR MORE

3D Decorative Star tutorial  – CLICK HERE FOR MORE

Christmas together

Need a helping hand? If decorating your retirement living apartment is great in principle, but more difficult in reality, Burghley Retirement Living understands. Our on-site Lodge Manager can assist with a helping hand, or with our Handy Person service we source you an expert to help in fixing tricky wall or ceiling decorations.

And remember, we invite all our owners to help us decorate a beautiful Christmas tree for the communal lounge.  A chance to meet up, chat, trim the tree, and enjoy a festive tea or tipple!  Plus, we host a Christmas lunch that brings all your retirement living neighbours together.

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The Best Christmas Events Nearby to Our Retirement Homes 1

There’s more than just a whisper of Christmas in the air, and cities and towns all over the UK are gearing up for the festivities. With Christmas lights switch ons, festive brunches and afternoon teas, light shows and of course trips to see Santa, there is something to get everybody – old and young – in the Christmas spirit.

Whether it’s a family trip with the grandchildren or a get together with family and friends, here is our guide to the best Christmas outings near to our luxury retirement apartments in Derby, Brighouse, Thornton-Cleveleys, and Shipley.

ALBANY LODGE, DERBY

Albany Lodge, our retirement property in Derby, is conveniently located on the banks of the beautiful river Derwent, with excellent links to nearby shops, restaurants, and facilities. It’s an ideal and tranquil location to start the retirement you deserve and to explore the festive activities in the local area.

Here are just some of the local Christmas events in Derby near to Albany Lodge.

Cinderella at Derby Theatre

Derby Theatre, the venue behind this festive production, believes this is a perfect outing to fill you with Christmas cheer. It says:

“Inspired by the classic fairytale, this sparkling new version of Cinderella by Annie Siddons promises a unique and utterly uplifting production full of heart, joy and laughter all interwoven with original live music and song performed by a wonderful company of actor-musicians.”

Tickets start at £14.50 with a range of matinees and evening showtimes available. For more information and to book CLICK HERE

Derby Season of Light

A celebration for people of every faith, age, and background. Taking in Diwali, Rabi’ Al-Awwal, Christmas and Chinese New Year – all festivals where ‘Light’ is a key factor. This results in a host of events taking place in the community. The event culminates in a beautiful lantern parade on 2nd of December.

For more information CLICK HERE

National Forest Adventure Farm’s Journey to the North Pole

This enchanting event is ideal to do with the grandchildren, who will be taken through a magical portal and transported to a Victorian high street and sweet shop. Help the elves to sort the parcels, meet a talking polar bear, sing festive songs with the reindeer before decorating Gingerbread with Mrs Claus and meeting the big man himself.

Tickets are £36 and include a toy for every child. For more information CLICK HERE and to book.

ALDERMAN LODGE, BRIGHOUSE

A vibrant market town with a rich history, Brighouse is ideally located just four miles outside of Halifax. Here are some of the festive highlights and Christmas events near Brighouse and our Alderman Lodge retirement living development.

Crafts events The Best Christmas Events Nearby to Our Retirement Homes

Christmas at Bankfield Museum

A number of festive workshops and craft fairs at Bankfield Museum in Halifax, will give you the chance to create your own Christmas painting and pick up some gorgeous hand-crafted gifts.

On 2nd December, join watercolour artist Jane Austin for a workshop to create your own Christmas image of a natural wreath, either as a painting or small personal cards. Tickets cost £20. For more information CLICK HERE and to book.

Bankfield Museum’s Christmas Craft Fair will be back on Saturday 9th December 2023 with the venue welcoming a range of traders from across the region for a day of shopping and festive fun. No booking required and admission to the event is free.

Festive Wreath Making at Halifax Hall

Get creative and make your very own festive wreath, with Halifax Hall’s wreath making class on Sunday December 3rd, which includes a delicious Christmas afternoon tea.

The class commences at 12.00pm and is in partnership with Bloom Sheffield who will guide you through the process step by step.

Tickets are available for £60.00 per person.

To book, please email: christmas@withus.com or call: 0114 222 8810.

Glow Gardens at Halifax

Glow Gardens, Halifax invites you to “laugh & stroll under the twinkle of a million lights at Glow Gardens “Around the World”. A shimmering light display features “towering exhibits, interactive activities, and glowing playgrounds to delight the whole family.” The event also includes a licensed bar, food, and festive music by local performers with a winter market, showcasing local artisans and boutique businesses.

ROYLES LODGE, THORNTON-CLEVELEYS

Situated right by the Fylde Coast there are miles of unspoilt coastline to explore at our luxury retirement development in Thornton-Cleveleys. The town centre hosts boutique shops and high street names, with a plentiful number of eateries and coffee shops. Here’s what’s on and the best Christmas events near Thornton-Cleveleys this year: 

Christmas Markets The Best Christmas Events Nearby to Our Retirement Homes

Take a stroll down ‘Christmas Close’

A festive outing doesn’t always have to break the bank. Many people flock to Borage Close, a residential cul-de-sac that pulls out all of the stops for the festive season. According to residents and visitors it is THE place to go, to get in the Christmas spirit with over 120,000 lights on every house and thousands being raised for charity every year.

For more information CLICK HERE

Watch the Marsh Mill Christmas Lights Switch On

Always a key local calendar moment, the big Christmas switch on event runs from 12pm to 6pm on Sunday 26th November. Enjoy family entertainment, stalls with lots to see and buy from the Marsh Mill businesses. Plus, a visit from Father Christmas himself! It’s a fabulous fun filled afternoon.

All the usual resident Marsh Mill Shops and Businesses will be open, plus of course, a fantastic choice of eateries.

For more information CLICK HERE

Christmas Table The Best Christmas Events Nearby to Our Retirement Homes

Indulge in a festive lunch at The Venue

The Venue is a dining hot spot in Thornton-Cleveleys thanks to its delicious fayre and sea views from the North Promenade. Enjoy a three-course lunch with delights such as Festive Pie, Beef Wellington, and Sticky Pigs in Blankets, with Panettone Cheesecake or Christmas Tree Ice Cream to round things off.

For more information CLICK HERE

GLEN MILL HOUSE, SHIPLEY

Our Shipley retirement living development, Glen Mill House, makes the most of the local friendly town atmosphere, great shopping, tempting eateries and fascinating local history, with some excellent transport connections. This delightful West Yorkshire market town has something for everyone, especially during the festive season. Here are some of the highlights and our favourite Christmas activities, Christmas markets and festive events near Shipley:

Wreath making The Best Christmas Events Nearby to Our Retirement Homes

Festive Wreaths at Shipley College

Shipley college has a number of dates for you to learn a wonderful festive skill that you can utilise every year. Learn to create your own bespoke festive wreath. You can enjoy learning in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and it’s just £45 with all flowers & materials are included in the course fee.

For more information CLICK HERE and to book.

Hoyle Court Christmas Market

Hoyle Court is an elegant Edwardian-Baroque style mansion, nestled in a secluded wooden haven. Built by one of Bradford’s most successful mill-owning families, it hosted grand family celebrations & entertained numerous business associates; a tradition which continues today.

Visit the Christmas markets at Hoyle Court on 22nd December, for a full day of festive joy with traditional market stands and hot food and drink.

For more information CLICK HERE

Christmas at Bradford Cathedral

Bradford’s Anglican Cathedral is a hidden treasure waiting to be discovered. A most ancient place of worship dating back 13 centuries at the heart of the city yet with tranquil gardens all around. The cathedral has a number of Christmas celebrations including the Black Dyke Band and Cathedral Choir Concert at 7pm on Saturday 9th December and a lunchtime carol recital on 23rd December.

For more information CLICK HERE

FURTHER AFIELD

If you’re planning a quick break on the run up to the festive season, The Times has listed their take on the best Christmas markets in the UK.  And the top three are: Winchester, Cardiff, and Blenheim Palace.

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Bonfire Night Baking - Burghley Retirement Living

Is it time to rustle up your showstopper?  Rise to the technical challenge? The Great British Bake Off is in full swing, and we can’t resist taking inspiration and sharing some nostalgic bonfire night bakes and home comforts with you. Especially useful if you have the grandkids coming over to celebrate any of winter’s upcoming calendar highlights. Plus, there’s nothing like a warming stew in the slow cooker to fill your apartment with enticing autumnal aromas. Or the scent of sweet toffee, apples, and spice wafting around your kitchen to get you into the seasonal spirit.

Bonfire night brings an opportunity to share sweet treats with your family and your neighbours and friends at your retirement living development. If you’re attending a fireworks party nearby and need a place for your family meet, then your luxury retirement apartment is the ideal space for a pre-bonfire gathering.  Too many children and grandkids for one apartment? You can make use of our spacious communal lounges which are fully equipped for laying on a delicious celebration.

At Burghley Retirement Living our owners love a social get-together, in fact, we encourage it. So, we even have an overnight guest suite for those who’ve travelled some distance to celebrate with you.

Ready to create some precious memories? Here are our five top Bonfire Night Bakes.

Ready, Set, Bake…

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Traditional Parkin

Nothing says Bonfire Night like a traditional, spongy Parkin. This mahogany, sticky, spongy cake is rich in look, taste and feel, with warming flavours of ginger, cinnamon and treacle that are perfect for this time of year. This recipe by Delicious Magazine adds in a spiced custard for an extra indulgent twist.

Bonfire Night Cookies

These bright and sparky cookies combine a similar flavour profile to parkin but with the cutest firework inspired design that children will just love to decorate.  Let your inner artist run wild with stars, flashes and bright firework inspired colours.

Toffee Apple Bread & Butter Pudding

All the joyful flavours of toffee apple but without the teeth shattering gumminess, top heavy messiness, or green, crunchy healthiness (that always ends up in the bin). A bread-and-butter pudding upgraded with this classic bonfire night flavour combination couldn’t be better as a warming winter treat.

Bonfire Night Cake

This sparkling showstopper makes the perfect table centrepiece. It brings in the classic combination of chocolate and orange and though the construction may appear difficult, it can be easily recreated at home with a little creativity.

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Bonfire Brownies

Brownies and blondies are a delicious treat that can be whipped up quickly if time is an issue. This recipe is extra decadent – packed full of pecans, chocolate chips and gooey marshmallows.

Treacle Toffee Tart

If you love the taste of treacle toffee but also value your dentures, then try this treacle toffee pudding version by Tesco.

This indulgent treacle tart recipe uses gorgeous golden syrup and black treacle for a rich and sticky pudding lightened with orange imbued pastry.

And finally…..

Bonfire Night Facts

The record of the largest bonfire in the world was achieved by Vreugdevuur Scheveningen (Netherlands), in Scheveningen, Netherlands, on 31 December 2015. It is 8,695 cubic metres (307,061.03 cubic feet). A fact to impress the grandkids!

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Toffee Apple Cocktail

A deliciously sweet apple martini, the toffee apple is a fantastic cocktail for Bonfire Night drinks. It blends a citrus vodka with apple juice and a homemade toffee syrup. This is easy to make at home and is ideal as the showstopper for a cocktail party in your retirement apartment. Best enjoyed with friends.


Burghley Retirement Living is a leading provider of luxury retirement apartments for the over 55s. With properties in Brighouse, Derby, Thornton-Cleveleys and Shipley, and more properties under development, including in Wakefield, the company aims to help its retirement apartment owners to live an active and fulfilling retirement in modern, comfortable surroundings.

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Five Unexpected Benefits of Living in A Retirement Community

At Burghley Retirement Living we see first-hand the many benefits to living in a retirement community. Some obvious and others less so. Very often, when our homeowners do make the move, they find a whole host of possibilities come to light that they had never previously considered.  If you’re currently making future retirement plans, or are considering purchasing a luxury retirement apartment, then here are just a few of the unexpected benefits you can expect if you choose life in our active retirement settings.

 

YOU MAY FIND YOURSELF PLAYING HOST

Hosting a Party at Burghley Retirement Living

“Life is one big party, enjoy every minute of it.”

The fully equipped and beautifully decorated lounges in all Burghley Retirement Living developments have been created to encourage socialising. So, if you thought that your days of holding family parties or a get together with friends were over, just because you’ve moved to a retirement apartment, then it’s time to think again. In addition to hosting gatherings in your apartments, once you see the facilities and spacious communal areas available for our residents to hold larger social gatherings, you’ll be right back into the business of party planning.

There are even guest suites in all our developments, for those who have travelled to join you or who just don’t want to go home at the end of the evening. Described by many of our overnight visitors as ‘better than a hotel room at a fraction of the cost” our guests suites are cosy and comfortable. A home away from home with everything your guests need for a restful stay.

Start party planning!

 

TOUCH OF A BUTTON SUPPORT

It may not be something you’ll want to take up straight away, or in fact for a few years into your life at one of our luxury retirement developments, but it’s reassuring for many of our residents (and their families) to know that somebody is on hand to provide support – at the touch of a button.

Our lodge managers have a list of requested daily check ins. They will knock on a resident’s door or speak to them on the phone, just to make sure everything is okay. It can be as quick as a couple of minutes, or for those who want a chat and a cup of tea, a little longer.

When we say active retirement living, we do mean active. So, we realise you may have a busy lifestyle and not require a check in every day. If that’s you, there is a simple button that can be pressed that lets our team know that everything is fine, and no courtesy call is needed. You are always in complete control.

This is all part of the service at Burghley Retirement Living and at no extra cost for our luxury retirement apartment owners.

 

NEW SKILL, NEW HOBBY, NEW FRIENDS

New Skill, New Hobby, New Friends Burghley Retirement Living

At our retirement living developments we have a varied programme of events and regular activities aimed at keeping our residents entertained and fulfilled in their retirement. From art and cookery classes to sports, games nights, wine tasting and dinners. There is something for everyone. And we’re led by the community at each development, so nothing is off the table in terms of finding a new activity.

If you want to try your hand at a new skill, or share a hobby with your neighbours, we’re here to make that happen.  Want to watch the World Cup or a movie with fellow residents, we can sort the popcorn.  Love fashion, we’ll stage an event in our lounges that bring the boutique to you.

Our programme of retirement living activities is primarily designed to be fun and bring people together. But the main benefit we see all the time, friendships are forged.

MOVING COULD BE EASIER THAN YOU THINK

At Burghley Retirement Living we understand that moving can be difficult thing at any time of life, but in retirement there is even more to consider. Big life changes and the practical issues of downsizing. That’s why we have a fully integrated, end-to-end removals service that packs and unpacks your belongings, up to £2,000 towards estate agent fees and up to £1,000 towards legal fees. We even provide you with a handyperson within the first 30 days of moving, to help you make your new home your own, undertaking fiddly tasks such as hanging pictures, fitting curtain poles, and putting up shelves.

Easy moving, easing you into your new retirement life.

 

A ‘SUITE’ TRAVEL BONUS

Travel Bonus with Burghley Retirement Living

As we’ve mentioned earlier, guest suites at our lodges are ideal for your friends and family to stay with you, but secretly they are also the perfect way for you to explore. Owners have the option, for a small fee, to stay in the superbly appointed guest suites at any of our luxury retirement lodges. And those of our lodge partners, Select Retirement Living. It’s an ideal opportunity to book a short break with all the familiar support of our friendly lodge team.

Own in one lodge, travel to them all.

To find out more about luxury retirement living in Shipley, Derby, Thornton-Cleveleys, and Brighouse, visit https://burghleyretirement.co.uk/locations/

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There’s something undeniably charming about the tradition of afternoon tea. A quietly, elegant British ritual, it is a delightful way to indulge in life’s little luxuries and enjoy time together with loved ones. During the week dedicated to afternoon tea, Burghley Retirement Living is exploring the tradition of this enjoyable, versatile celebration, in this blog dedicated to the timeless pleasure of afternoon tea.

Read on for the history and benefits of this very British ceremony, as well as ideas for the perfect afternoon tea served in your luxury retirement apartment, or shared with family, neighbours, or out with friends.

THE ORIGINS OF AFTERNOON TEA

The story of afternoon tea traces back to early 19th-century England when Duchess of Bedford, found herself craving a light meal in the afternoon to quell her hunger. At this time, the fashion was to eat just two main meals a day, making the stretch between lunch and dinner a long one. The Duchess began inviting friends to join her for tea, sandwiches, and cake, and soon the custom spread throughout the upper echelons of British society. The tradition of afternoon tea was born.

CEREMONY AND ETIQUETTE

Since then, afternoon tea has become a British tradition, but it is not merely about sipping tea and quaffing cakes; it’s a ceremony, a refined experience with customs passed down through the ages.

Typically, afternoon tea is served between 3pm and 5pm. A three-tiered stand is laden with dainty finger sandwiches on the bottom, freshly baked scones with clotted cream and jam in the middle, and an assortment of delicate pastries and cakes on the top tier.

The tea? That should be loose leaf, mindfully, lovingly brewed in a China teapot and served in real China cup and saucers.

Should you pour milk or tea first? Well, that is a subject of much debate. The royals, including the late Queen Elizabeth II was firmly on the ‘tea in first’ side of the debate: CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

Whereas, the correct way to make tea according to science is, milk first: CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

Whichever you decide, one of the joys of afternoon tea is undoubtedly savouring a variety of teas. From classic Earl Grey to flavoursome blends of fruit and flowers, each style offers a unique taste and aroma. If you’re hosting an afternoon tea celebration, perhaps in the communal lounge at your Burghley Retirement Living community, why not sample some of the more unique and exotic varieties to add an extra element to your day. Go on – be brave!

A VERSATILE FORMAT

A huge positive of afternoon tea as a way to entertain is the versatility of the format. It can be enjoyed by people of all ages from young children right through to those in their retirement.

Your day can be loose and informal or grand and upscaled. For residents in a luxury retirement village such as a Burghley Retirement Living property, it’s easy to find a balance that’s suitable for your afternoon tea event. Make use of the lounge and public spaces if you want to invite neighbours and loved ones or hold a smaller gathering in your own apartment. During the school holidays why not invite the grandchildren over to your luxury retirement village for a special children’s afternoon tea?

Afternoon tea is best enjoyed with friends, family, or even new acquaintances. The shared experience of sipping tea and savouring delectable treats creates a warm atmosphere that fosters connections and laughter. Everything that Burghley Retirement Living stands for.

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TOP AFTERNOON TEA RECIPES

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with visiting your local bakery or delicatessen and buying a selection of cakes, pastries, and sandwiches to cater your afternoon tea event. However, if you love to bake yourself, one of the benefits of retirement living is having the time to spend doing the things you enjoy. So, here are just a few ideas of afternoon tea staples that can be easily made at home:

Paul Hollywood’s Lemon Drizzle Traybake

A simple, zingy recipe from the king of baking himself. This tasty lemon traybake takes just 30 minutes to make. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

Rhubarb and Custard Scones

A twist on traditional scones bringing in a very British flavour combination, ideal for those who like to put their own stamp on centuries old recipes. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

Easy Coronation Chicken

A sandwich filling that’s enjoying a renaissance since the King’s Coronation. Whip this up and use as a filling for dainty finger sandwiches or miniature pies. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

ELEGANT VENUES

The setting of your afternoon tea plays an essential role in enhancing the experience. If you decide to head out to enjoy the ritual then there are many upscale hotels, historic tearooms, and elegant restaurants where you can sample afternoon tea in grand, opulent, or quaint, traditional surroundings.

Here we’ve selected a few of our favourite venues near to our luxury Burghley Retirement Living communities in Derby, Brighouse, and Thornton-Cleveleys.

Cathedral Quarter Hotel, Derby

Stepping into the grand foyer at this lovingly restored four-star hotel you will be instantly transported to a world of opulence. It’s just a 9-minute drive from Albany Lodge, making it the perfect setting for an elegant afternoon tea for Burghley Retirement Living apartment owners. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

Linden Tea Room, Thornton, Cleveleys

This traditional tearoom offers two options – a traditional afternoon tea and a luxury upgrade that includes a whole selection of extra goodies. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

Crow Nest Park Golf Club, Brighouse

Enjoy delectable treats while taking in the stunning views of Crow Nest Park, you can even enjoy a quick round of golf to work up an appetite. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

So, if you find yourself yearning for a taste of refinement and elegance, treat yourself to the timeless pleasure of afternoon tea. And that isn’t just reserved for Afternoon Tea Week. After all, there’s nothing quite like the experience of indulging in a perfectly brewed cup of tea, savouring sweet delicacies and chatting with friends. What better way to spend any afternoon.

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Moving is an exciting time, a new life awaits. Yet very often there are conflicting feelings when it’s time to downsize to a more appropriate property such as a luxury retirement apartment. Change itself can be difficult, especially as we get older. Couple that with happy memories of raising a family in a property and it can lead to a mixing pot of emotions.

Many of our owners are couples who chose to positively manage retirement plans, so that they can live exactly the active retirement they want to. Some choose retirement living because they have lost a loved one or are becoming less mobile. Others are keen to be a part of a wider friendship circle after retiring from work.  Regardless of why they have made their choice, the actual process can give rise to feelings of anxiety around moving on to the next stage of life. There are practical considerations too. Packing up a larger home can feel overwhelming. And what about the environmental impact of moving house?

Seven Ways To Positively Downsize with Burghley Retirement living

At Burghley Retirement Living we understand that moving to a luxury retirement apartment can create complex feelings.  We also know that contentment, peace of mind, and a truly fulfilling life awaits at your new retirement apartment.  So, to help, we’re sharing a few tips that enable you to keep an optimistic outlook, alongside seven ways to positively downsize:

START OFF SMALL

We accumulate a lot of things in our lifetime and beginning the process of sorting through all of this can be a challenge. Start early in your move and choose one room at a time so that you have the time and headspace to get properly organised.

The staff at your luxury retirement development will be on hand to help with questions over space and storage so that you can map out just how much you can take with you.

Have boxes set out for items you want to keep, things to gift or donate and things it’s time to get rid of. We don’t like the word ruthless; it suggests a feeling of ‘loss’ which really isn’t the case. So, it may help to keep the words tidy, organised, and peaceful in mind when visualising your new retirement apartment.

If you can, tackle the task in small bursts. Very often starting is the hardest part, so do one item a day if it helps to get you going and gradually increase this as you get into it. It can be surprising how liberating it is to let go of things that are no longer serving you. It’s likely that you will even start to enjoy the process. Especially as you start to see the organisation beginning to come together.

THINK OF THE ENVIRONMENT

If you’re a passionate environmentalist, then moving to a smaller retirement apartment can create lots of excess rubbish which may be at odds with your standpoint. But there are ways to cut this down to the bare minimum. Donate or sell items you no longer need, recycle what you can and use eco-friendly, recyclable, or reusable packing boxes. The good news is that once you have cleared your belongings there shouldn’t be too many car journeys to your new retirement apartment.

Freecycle is a fantastic website for finding new owners for items you no longer want or need. Vinted offers a place to sell clothing, especially ‘retro’ or ‘vintage’ items.

REFRAME YOUR THOUGHTS

One of the best ways to make any experience positive is through the power of the mind. We can change how we feel about situations by reframing our thoughts. Instead of focusing on the aspects of moving that make you feel anxious or nervous, try to focus on all the positives.

A wonderful new retirement apartment awaits you, one that is suited to your lifestyle and is clean, warm, luxurious, and sociable.

Some people reframe their ideas around moving to a more suitable accommodation as ‘right-sizing’ rather than downsizing, emphasising all the right reasons that brought you to the decision in the first place.

There is very often a positive to be found in every situation, for instance if your previous home had way too many rooms and had become unmanageable think of all the time and effort you will save cleaning. If half of your current property stands empty and unused think of all the money that will be saved on heating empty rooms. And by freeing up a larger home, you are giving the gift of a happy home to another family who will go on to create their own memories there.

There’s the peace of mind and security aspects too – retirement living gives you the freedom to live the life you want to, such as travel, forging new friendships, hobbies and time spent doing the things you love. Your retirement, your way.

PLAN YOUR INTERIORS

One of the best things about downsizing to a new retirement apartment is the fact you get to make a whole new place feel like home. Residents who own their luxury retirement apartments can add their own stamp on the interiors. A blank canvas is an exciting prospect, so why not focus on how you will furnish and decorate your space as a way of keeping positive. Put aside some time to plan out your new colour schemes and unleash your inner interior designer.

VISIT YOUR NEW NEIGHBOURS

In a luxury retirement apartment, a whole new network of friends and neighbours awaits you. We actively encourage our new owners to visit in the lead up to their move so that they can familiarise themselves with the building and the people in it. Plus, you can discuss any concerns with people who have gone through the process already.

KEEP AND CHERISH SENTIMENTAL ITEMS

In a Burghley Retirement Living apartment, there is plenty of well-designed storage to maximise your space, so there’s no need to get rid of everything. If something is of real sentimental value to you – then keep it.

Memory boxes are a great way to keep all your treasured items together and will help you define what really makes the cut, as there is only a certain amount of space. You can take photographs of bigger items that you don’t have space for, or gift them to a loved one, so that you can still see them whenever you visit. 

USE OUR EASY-MOVE SCHEME

We know that the process of moving can be stressful so the Burghley Retirement Living ‘easy-move’ service is there to smooth every step of the way. It includes an end-to-end removals service that packs and unpacks your belongings, and a contribution towards estate agent fees and legal fees. We even provide you with a handyperson within the first 30 days of moving, to help you make your new home your own, undertaking fiddly tasks such as hanging pictures, fitting curtain poles, and putting up shelves.
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DO YOUR ITEMS ‘SPARK JOY’?

If you’re struggling to let go, then why not take a watch of Marie Kondo’s popular Netflix show ‘Tidying Up’. The decluttering expert has helped people at all stages of life to create calm, minimalist living spaces by asking people if items in their home truly bring them joy.
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THE PSYCHOLOGY OF MOVING

Moving can be stressful at any age, in this article, the New York Times explains the psychology behind moving house which may help you to understand your feelings.
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National Dog Day with Pam Ward and Burghley Retirement Living Albany Lodge

A best friend and a well loved companion that can turn a simple game of fetch into a grand adventure. At Burghley Retirement Living, we have always had a soft spot for your furry friends and on the 20th August, we will be celebrating “National Dog Day” (and yes, you guessed it, you can even head to your local high street to buy your Dog a card to mark the occasion). At Burghley Retirement Living, we are big fans of your 4 legged chums and our pet friendly retirement living apartments are perfect for dog and cat owners alike. We have taken some time to speak to Pam Ward, one of our homeowners at the newly opened Albany Lodge in Derby to find out about her life with her pet dog, Ollie.

Ollie is a beloved 6 year old Shih Tzu who used to live with Pam in their family home until she took the plunge to move to a luxury retirement living apartment at Albany Lodge. Pam decided to move to Albany Lodge after the sad loss of her husband two years ago, realising that the road she lived on was a lonely place that lacked community spirit. Even with walking Ollie daily, she hardly saw anyone else on her road and she knew that something needed to change. She confidently took the decision to boost her social life by making a few changes to her lifestyle. Taking the plunge, she started working in a charity shop as a volunteer for a local hospice, Treetops, for a few days a week and with her heart set on living in a retirement community, she moved to Albany Lodge where she has made firm friends with like-minded retirees.

Ollie of course was Pam’s biggest worry, he had always had a large garden to play in, but even without a dedicated outside space he has settled in really well to his new apartment. This is in part due to his constant view of the outside world in the form of the shared communal landscaped gardens, and of course his popularity amongst the other residents. During our chat with Pam, she quipped: “Everyone loves him!”.

When it comes to taking Ollie for a walk, there are lots of paths and pavements around Albany Lodge, but Ollie loves grass! This is something Albany Lodge provides in spades, as just beyond the cycle track there is a big field for Ollie to run around, plus if you are considering bringing your pet to Albany Lodge, Pam recommends two local parks.

1. Markeaton Park

A 5 minute drive from Albany Lodge is Markeaton Park where Ollie and Pam visit most days. It is Derby’s most visited park and claims to be one of the most popular attractions in the East Midlands! The park offers a lot of space for Ollie to run around and a place for Pam to escape from day to day living and city life and experience a little bit of countryside.

2. Darley Abbey Nature Reserve

Just 10 minutes in the car is a treat “walkies” for Ollie. Darley Abbey boasts a nature reserve, and Darley Park. The nature reserve offers a circular walk by the river whereas the park runs along the banks of the River Derwent and is the largest open space in Derby, perfect for letting Ollie off the lead.

When they do get back home after stretching their legs, Ollie heads to his basket for a rest whilst Pam frequents the Communal lounge at Albany Lodge. Pam has used the big lounge space to host her own prosecco get together with her friends from the charity shop and she often meets up with the other homeowners to have a morning coffee in the lounge before work or before a big walk with Ollie!

If you’re looking for a friendly retirement living community that welcomes pets, look no further than Burghley Retirement Living, with over 55’s apartments available in Derby, Thornton-Cleveleys and Brighouse. Find out more or book a viewing by calling: 0800 999 1989

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National Dog Day with Pam Ward and Burghley Retirement Living Albany Lodge

A best friend and a well loved companion that can turn a simple game of fetch into a grand adventure. At Burghley Retirement Living, we have always had a soft spot for your furry friends and on the 20th August, we will be celebrating “National Dog Day” (and yes, you guessed it, you can even head to your local high street to buy your Dog a card to mark the occasion). At Burghley Retirement Living, we are big fans of your 4 legged chums and our pet friendly retirement living apartments are perfect for dog and cat owners alike. We have taken some time to speak to Pam Ward, one of our homeowners at the newly opened Albany Lodge in Derby to find out about her life with her pet dog, Ollie.

Ollie is a beloved 6 year old Shih Tzu who used to live with Pam in their family home until she took the plunge to move to a luxury retirement living apartment at Albany Lodge. Pam decided to move to Albany Lodge after the sad loss of her husband two years ago, realising that the road she lived on was a lonely place that lacked community spirit. Even with walking Ollie daily, she hardly saw anyone else on her road and she knew that something needed to change. She confidently took the decision to boost her social life by making a few changes to her lifestyle. Taking the plunge, she started working in a charity shop as a volunteer for a local hospice, Treetops, for a few days a week and with her heart set on living in a retirement community, she moved to Albany Lodge where she has made firm friends with like-minded retirees.

Ollie of course was Pam’s biggest worry, he had always had a large garden to play in, but even without a dedicated outside space he has settled in really well to his new apartment. This is in part due to his constant view of the outside world in the form of the shared communal landscaped gardens, and of course his popularity amongst the other residents. During our chat with Pam, she quipped: “Everyone loves him!”.

When it comes to taking Ollie for a walk, there are lots of paths and pavements around Albany Lodge, but Ollie loves grass! This is something Albany Lodge provides in spades, as just beyond the cycle track there is a big field for Ollie to run around, plus if you are considering bringing your pet to Albany Lodge, Pam recommends two local parks.

1. Markeaton Park

A 5 minute drive from Albany Lodge is Markeaton Park where Ollie and Pam visit most days. It is Derby’s most visited park and claims to be one of the most popular attractions in the East Midlands! The park offers a lot of space for Ollie to run around and a place for Pam to escape from day to day living and city life and experience a little bit of countryside.

2. Darley Abbey Nature Reserve

Just 10 minutes in the car is a treat “walkies” for Ollie. Darley Abbey boasts a nature reserve, and Darley Park. The nature reserve offers a circular walk by the river whereas the park runs along the banks of the River Derwent and is the largest open space in Derby, perfect for letting Ollie off the lead.

When they do get back home after stretching their legs, Ollie heads to his basket for a rest whilst Pam frequents the Communal lounge at Albany Lodge. Pam has used the big lounge space to host her own prosecco get together with her friends from the charity shop and she often meets up with the other homeowners to have a morning coffee in the lounge before work or before a big walk with Ollie!

If you’re looking for a friendly retirement living community that welcomes pets, look no further than Burghley Retirement Living, with over 55’s apartments available in Derby, Thornton-Cleveleys and Brighouse. Find out more or book a viewing by calling: 0800 999 1989

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National Dog Day with Pam Ward and Burghley Retirement Living Albany Lodge

A best friend and a well loved companion that can turn a simple game of fetch into a grand adventure. At Burghley Retirement Living, we have always had a soft spot for your furry friends and on the 20th August, we will be celebrating “National Dog Day” (and yes, you guessed it, you can even head to your local high street to buy your Dog a card to mark the occasion). At Burghley Retirement Living, we are big fans of your 4 legged chums and our pet friendly retirement living apartments are perfect for dog and cat owners alike. We have taken some time to speak to Pam Ward, one of our homeowners at the newly opened Albany Lodge in Derby to find out about her life with her pet dog, Ollie.

Ollie is a beloved 6 year old Shih Tzu who used to live with Pam in their family home until she took the plunge to move to a luxury retirement living apartment at Albany Lodge. Pam decided to move to Albany Lodge after the sad loss of her husband two years ago, realising that the road she lived on was a lonely place that lacked community spirit. Even with walking Ollie daily, she hardly saw anyone else on her road and she knew that something needed to change. She confidently took the decision to boost her social life by making a few changes to her lifestyle. Taking the plunge, she started working in a charity shop as a volunteer for a local hospice, Treetops, for a few days a week and with her heart set on living in a retirement community, she moved to Albany Lodge where she has made firm friends with like-minded retirees.

Ollie of course was Pam’s biggest worry, he had always had a large garden to play in, but even without a dedicated outside space he has settled in really well to his new apartment. This is in part due to his constant view of the outside world in the form of the shared communal landscaped gardens, and of course his popularity amongst the other residents. During our chat with Pam, she quipped: “Everyone loves him!”.

When it comes to taking Ollie for a walk, there are lots of paths and pavements around Albany Lodge, but Ollie loves grass! This is something Albany Lodge provides in spades, as just beyond the cycle track there is a big field for Ollie to run around, plus if you are considering bringing your pet to Albany Lodge, Pam recommends two local parks.

1. Markeaton Park

A 5 minute drive from Albany Lodge is Markeaton Park where Ollie and Pam visit most days. It is Derby’s most visited park and claims to be one of the most popular attractions in the East Midlands! The park offers a lot of space for Ollie to run around and a place for Pam to escape from day to day living and city life and experience a little bit of countryside.

2. Darley Abbey Nature Reserve

Just 10 minutes in the car is a treat “walkies” for Ollie. Darley Abbey boasts a nature reserve, and Darley Park. The nature reserve offers a circular walk by the river whereas the park runs along the banks of the River Derwent and is the largest open space in Derby, perfect for letting Ollie off the lead.

When they do get back home after stretching their legs, Ollie heads to his basket for a rest whilst Pam frequents the Communal lounge at Albany Lodge. Pam has used the big lounge space to host her own prosecco get together with her friends from the charity shop and she often meets up with the other homeowners to have a morning coffee in the lounge before work or before a big walk with Ollie!

If you’re looking for a friendly retirement living community that welcomes pets, look no further than Burghley Retirement Living, with over 55’s apartments available in Derby, Thornton-Cleveleys and Brighouse. Find out more or book a viewing by calling: 0800 999 1989

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National Walking Month is just around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to take advantage of the health benefits that walking can offer, especially for those over 55. Walking is not just a simple way to stay active, but it is also an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon, it not only boosts your mood but it can improve your overall health and wellbeing.  

 

Let’s start with the benefits of walking.  

If you’re not a regular at the local tennis courts or an avid marathon runner, low-impact walking is going to be one of the easiest ways to get back into exercise. 

Walking can provide a range of health benefits for those over 55, and getting outdoors near your retirement living apartment is free and easy to do. If the feeling of the sun on your face and the fresh air in your lungs still doesn’t entice you to start this healthy habit, we have pulled together 3 of the key benefits of walking that might just motivate you to head out on a walk this May. 

  1. Improved Heart Health: Walking regularly can help lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart disease, and improve cardiovascular health.
  2. Increased Mobility: Walking can help improve mobility and flexibility, which can be especially beneficial for older adults who may experience stiffness or joint pain. 
  3. Better Mood: Walking can help reduce stress, improve mood, and boost overall mental health and well-being.

 

3 Easy Walks to Try Out 

Our retirement living villages in Brighouse, Derby and Thornton Cleveleys are perfectly positioned for enjoying a variety of interesting walks. We have picked our favourite walks near each retirement living location. 

1) Alderman Lodge, Brighouse  

The Brighouse Canal Walk is a scenic route that showcases beautiful views of the Calder and Hebble Navigation Canal and the surrounding countryside. The walk begins at Brighouse Basin, which is a picturesque starting point in itself. If you fancy something light to eat before you walk, we recommend stopping at Jeremy’s at the Boathouse for some tapas and sitting on one of the outside tables. It’s a great place to people-watch as the basin is a popular spot for boaters and visitors alike, and it offers a peaceful and tranquil environment to start your walk. 

A view of the lock gates at the entrance to Brighouse canal basin and moorings on the calder and hebble navigation canal in calderdale West Yorkshire

This is an easy walk (we estimate that it will take around 1.5 hours to complete) and can be cut short by simply turning around or cutting across one of the locks. To complete our full recommended walk, you need to follow the canal path towards Cooper Bridge and cross several locks before turning around and heading back the way you came. The locks offer a glimpse into the history of the canal and the industrial heritage of the area and are an impressive feat of engineering that are still used today by boats navigating the canal. 

As you walk along, you’ll be guaranteed to be entertained, there is a healthy mixture of countryside and urban landscapes, with sections passing through woodland areas and others through the more built-up areas of Brighouse. If you are lucky, you might even spot a duck, swan, or one of the other waterfowl that live on the canal! 

One of the highlights of the walk is entering the edge of the charming town of Mirfield at Cooper Bridge, which provides a handy pitstop! This area is home to several pubs and cafes, where you can stop for a coffee or a bite to eat and take a break from your walk. 

Once you have had your pitstop, you can either cross to the other side of the canal to walk back to Brighouse Basin or turn around and use the same path. The marina (at Brighouse Basin) flanks the beginning and end of the walk and is a bustling hub of activity, with boats coming and going, it offers a great place to stop and watch the world go by. 

This is an easy walk suitable for all ages and abilities, and it’s a great way to get some fresh air and exercise in a beautiful and peaceful setting. 

2) Albany Lodge, Derby 

Markeaton Park Walk – This easy walk is a great way to explore the beautiful Markeaton Park in Derby. The walk is approximately 1.5 miles long and takes around 1 hour to complete. The walk offers stunning views of the park’s gardens, lake, and woodland areas and is perfect for those looking for a leisurely stroll. 

Markeaton Park Lake

Just a 5 minute drive from Albany Lodge retirement living village sits Markeaton Park. The Markeaton Park walk is a delightful stroll that is particularly beautiful in springtime, when the trees are starting to bud, and the flowers are blooming, making it an excellent time to take in nature. 

The walk begins at the Markeaton Park car park (where you can park your car for free) and is signposted at the car park entrance. From here, the walk takes you through the park’s stunning gardens, which are in full bloom during the spring months. You’ll see a variety of colourful flowers, including tulips, daffodils, and crocuses, as well as blossoming trees such as cherry blossom and apple trees. 

If you are a nature lover, the walk is perfect for you as it takes you to the park’s lake, which is home to a variety of waterfowl, including ducks and swans (perfect to bring the Grandchildren to feed the ducks over long May bank holiday weekends). If you have some extra time, we suggest a slight detour of walking around the lake, taking in the serene and tranquil surroundings and admiring the views of the park. 

If you follow the trail, you’ll be guided to the woodland area of the park which is particularly enchanting in the spring months, with the trees starting to grow and snowdrops shooting up from the earth. The woodland area is also home to confident squirrels (who often sit on the path) so you’ll be sure to spot one. 

Whilst this walk is very short (around an hour long), if you did want to take a break during your walk, there’s a lovely café located in the park’s courtyard, which offers a range of hot and cold drinks and snacks. Alternatively, there are several picnic areas in the park where you can stop and enjoy a packed lunch or a cup of tea. 

We love this walk as it changes with the seasons, it is particularly nice to enjoy nature on weekday mornings to beat the lunch crowd and enjoy the tranquillity of the area. 

3) Royles Lodge, Thornton Cleveleys  

Thornton Cleveleys Coastal Walk – We couldn’t recommend a walk in Thornton Cleveleys that didn’t have sea views! Whilst there are many inland options (including King George’s Playing Fields that are steps away from our retirement living apartments at Royles Lodge) nothing clears out the cobwebs like fresh sea air! 

Thornton Cleveleys Coastal Walk

The Thornton Cleveleys Coastal Walk is a beautiful and scenic route that takes you along the Fylde Coast and offers breath-taking views of the sea and the surrounding countryside. The walk starts at Cleveleys Promenade and ends at Rossell Beach Promenade, and it is approximately 3 miles long. 

The walk is best enjoyed during low tide when you can see the vast expanse of the beach and the sea creatures that call it home. You might spot some sea birds, crabs, and other marine life in the tidal pools and exposed rocks. 

One of the highlights of the walk is the picturesque Cleveleys Beach, a beautiful stretch of golden sand that is perfect for relaxing and taking in the stunning views of the Irish Sea. The beach is a great spot for a picnic, sunbathing, or, if you could even bring your cossie for a refreshing dip in the sea during the warmer months. 

As you walk along the coast, you’ll also see the art installation, Mary’s Shell, and the iconic seafront shelters, which are a popular spot for taking a break and enjoying the view. You’ll pass through the beautiful Jubilee Gardens, where we recommend taking a moment to relax and appreciate the beautiful floral displays and the sea views. 

If you need a refreshment break during your walk, there are several cafes and pubs along the route where you can stop for a coffee, tea, or a bite to eat. Locals favourites include, The Venue, which is located on the seafront or The Queensway, which is situated just off the coastal path. 

The Thornton Cleveleys Coastal Walk is a wonderful way to get some exercise and take in the views of the Fylde Coast. With plenty of highlights along the way, it’s a great way to spend a few hours exploring this beautiful part of the country.

 

When you come to live with us in a luxury retirement living apartment, you are never too far away from a scenic walk. Walking is a simple and enjoyable way for those over 55 to stay active, boost their mood, and improve their overall health and well-being. So, why not take advantage of National Walking Month and try out these easy walks in Brighouse, Derby, and Thornton Cleveleys? You won’t regret it! 

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As we get older, the needs and requirements for our living space in our homes change. After retirement, many people find themselves rattling around large family homes with extra rooms that are no longer needed, not to mention high maintenance and running costs. Downsizing to a new build retirement living apartment can offer a more comfortable and more convenient option for many retirees.  

According to the Home Builders Federation’s October 2022 report, there are few reasons why retirees should consider the benefits of making the move into a new build retirement living apartment. 

In the wake of the cost of living crisis, the report outlines a trend towards prioritising energy efficiency in new homes; this is also becoming increasingly important for those considering retirement living options. According to a recent survey by the Home Builders Federation, around a quarter of respondents (24%) stated that the energy efficiency of their next home move would be “crucial”. This highlights the growing awareness and importance of energy efficiency among consumers, especially as they enter their retirement years. 

Retirement living apartments that are built to meet high energy efficiency standards can provide a range of benefits for over 55s.  

An energy-efficient retirement living apartment can provide peace of mind for seniors who may be on a fixed income. With rising energy costs, having a home that is designed to minimise energy usage can help to reduce the financial burden of high energy bills.  

A new build retirement living apartment is typically smaller than a family home, which means lower maintenance costs. With fewer rooms, there are fewer things that need to be cleaned and maintained, which can significantly reduce the cost of upkeep (and of course, give you more time to have fun and enjoy life!). New retirement living apartments are designed with modern materials and appliances that are energy-efficient, which in turn will save money on utility bills. According to a report by the Home Builders Federation, new build houses can save homeowners up to £2,600 per year on energy bills compared to older homes. 

Not only do newly built retirement apartments offer significant savings on energy bills, but they can also help to reduce the carbon footprint of the home. This can be an important consideration for those who are environmentally conscious and wish to live in a home that aligns with their values. 

At Burghley Retirement Living, our apartments in Thornton-Cleveleys and Derby are now available to buy or rent and we will be launching a new retirement village location later this year. Moving into one of our new build communities with energy efficiency can provide greater stability in retirement and each community comes with additional amenities and benefits that can further reduce living costs and enhance overall wellbeing. These include communal spaces for socialising, such as our luxurious communal lounges and maintained outdoor gardens. These spaces give residents the opportunity to make new friends, socialise and form clubs without having to pay a penny! 

If you are thinking about viewing one of our retirement living communities, give our friendly team a call on 0800 999 1989. 

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Thornton Primary School - Word Book Day Celebration 2023

The team at Burghley Retirement enjoyed the magic of World Book Day this year, thanks to the pupils at Thornton Primary School.

Pupils in Beech Class were invited to put pen to paper and write their own original stories, which were entered into a short story competition run by Burghley Retirement. Their stories were shared with the team at Royles Lodge to read and enjoy, as well as select three winners.

Ellie May Turner was crowned as the winner thanks to a fantastic story entitled ‘Why Babies Don’t Make Sense!’. Poppy Hill and Skyla Rose were chosen as the runners up with stories entitled ‘This One Girl’ and ‘The Girl Who’s Mind Went Boom!’. All three pupils were awarded a National Book Token to help them continue to enjoy their love of reading.

Declan Fishwick, Marketing Manager for Burghley Retirement Living, said “The enthusiasm and confidence from the children in telling their stories has been great fun to witness. We thoroughly enjoyed reading through each entry. We have some very talented young writers in Thornton-Cleveleys, it was hard to pick just one.”

“We want to say a big thank you to the pupils and teachers at Thornton Primary School for being so thoughtful, kind and making us part of their World Book Day celebrations. Hopefully next year we can invite them all to Royles Lodge to read to us in person!”.

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Retirement is the perfect time to explore and experience new things, and Derby is a great city to base yourself in while you do so. Located in the heart of England, Derby is easy to get to from many parts of the country, and if you choose to live in our Albany Lodge Retirement village, there are a number of fantastic day trips that can be taken from your base in your luxury retirement apartment. Here are our top five picks for spring 2023:

  1. Peak District National Park: Just a short drive from Derby, the Peak District National Park is a beautiful area of rolling hills, quaint villages, and stunning natural beauty. There are numerous walking and cycling trails to explore, as well as attractions such as Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall. The park is easily accessible by car, and there are also a number of public transportation options available, making it a convenient and enjoyable day trip for retirees.
  2. Nottingham: Located about 20 miles from Derby, Nottingham is a city with a rich history and a number of interesting attractions. Highlights include Nottingham Castle, the City of Caves, and for the more creative types, the Nottingham Contemporary art gallery is a must. The city is easily accessible by bus or train, and there are a number of accommodation options available if you want to extend your stay.
  3. Lincoln: Lincoln is a city with a rich history, and is home to a number of interesting landmarks and attractions. These include the Lincoln Cathedral, the Lincoln Castle, and the Lincolnshire Wolds, an area of rolling hills and pretty villages. The area is a popular destination for walkers and cyclists, and offers a peaceful and scenic escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.
  4. Alton Towers: Alton Towers is a popular theme park located about an hour’s drive from Derby. It’s a great destination for families, with a range of thrilling rides, a water park, and a variety of other attractions, perfect to entertain the grandchildren during the school holidays. While the park may be more geared towards younger visitors, there are still plenty of things for retirees to enjoy, such as the gardens and the more relaxing rides.
  5. Birmingham: Located about an hour’s drive from Derby, Birmingham is a vibrant and diverse city with a range of cultural attractions, shopping, and dining options. Highlights include the Bullring shopping centre, the National Sea Life Centre, and the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

Close enough to enjoy several trips from your base at Albany Lodge retirement living, Birmingham will never be boring, there are a number of things to do in the city, including some more unusual activities including: visiting the Coffin Works museum, which is dedicated to the history of coffin-making; touring the City of Caves, a network of underground sandstone quarries; and exploring the Selly Manor Museum, a historic house filled with period furniture and artifacts. Other offbeat attractions include the Pen Museum, which celebrates the history of pen-making, and the Back to Backs, a collection of historic courtyard houses that have been preserved as a museum.

Living in Derby offers a range of great day trip options for retirees, whether you’re interested in exploring the outdoors, experiencing culture and history, or just having fun. Whatever your interests, you’re sure to find something that appeals to you within easy reach of the city. Just remember to plan your trip in advance and make sure you have all the necessary arrangements in place, such as transportation and accommodation, to ensure a smooth and enjoyable day out.

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As you approach retirement, it’s natural to start thinking about downsizing and simplifying your living situation. One option that may appeal to you is a retirement living development, which typically offers a range of amenities and social activities designed specifically for seniors.

Moving into a retirement living development can be a big decision, and it’s natural to want to make sure you’re making the right choice. One important step in the process is viewing a show flat, which is a fully furnished model apartment that gives you an idea of what the units in the development look like and how they are laid out. Here are a few reasons why viewing a show flat is a crucial step in the decision-making process:

Get a feel for the space: Seeing a show flat in person will give you a much better sense of the size and layout of the units than you’ll get from looking at floor plans or photos online. You’ll be able to walk through the space and get a feel for the flow of the apartment, which can be helpful in determining if it will meet your needs. You’ll also be able to see how your furniture and belongings would fit in the space, which can be especially important if you have a lot of larger pieces.

Check out the finishes and features: A show flat will also give you the chance to see the finishes and features of the units up close. You’ll be able to see the quality of the appliances, countertops, and fixtures, and get a sense of the overall design aesthetic. This can be particularly useful if you have specific preferences or requirements, such as needing a walk-in shower or wanting stainless steel appliances

Imagine yourself living there: Finally, viewing a show flat will help you picture yourself living in the development. You’ll be able to see how you might use the common areas, such as the outside space or community room, and get a feel for the overall vibe of the retirement living community. This can be especially important if you’re planning on being an active member of the senior living community and want to make sure it feels like a good fit.

In addition to these benefits, viewing a show flat can also give you the opportunity to ask questions and get more information about the development. You can ask about the types of homes available, the amenities offered, and the policies and procedures in place. You can also inquire about any additional fees or costs associated with living in the development, such as monthly maintenance fees or fees for use of certain amenities.

Overall, viewing a show flat is an essential step in deciding whether a retirement living development is right for you. It will give you a much better sense of what you can expect from the units and the community, and help you make an informed decision. It’s a small investment of time and effort that can pay off in the long run by giving you peace of mind and helping you find the perfect place to call home in retirement.

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If you’re approaching retirement, you’ve likely given some thought to the next chapter of your life. Will you travel? Volunteer part-time? Move closer to family?

The type of home that you choose to live in makes up a large part of that conversation.

You could remain in your current house or, for example, move to a “granny flat” at your son’s or daughter’s home. You could also move to a bungalow, decide to rent, buy a campervan or retirement community.

Where you choose to live during your retirement years is a personal choice. Many people want to live somewhere that lets them continue their lifestyle, but near all the people and activities that make life enjoyable. If that sounds like you, living in a retirement community could be just the home you seek.

A retirement community is a far cry from a nursing home, its purpose build living for over 55’s who want to live in a luxury apartment, within a safe and vibrant community. It’s the best of both worlds, not only do you own your own home and have the freedom to come and go as you please, but you also have the option of getting involved with social events with like-minded individuals.

Holidays away from home

If you plan to spend your retirement visiting exciting new places or simply booking relaxing weeks by the beach, living with us at Burghley Retirement Living could be perfect for you.

If you know that you won’t be home 365 days of the year but are mindful of security, a retirement living apartment could be the perfect solution.

Each of our retirement living communities include:

· A House Manager who is on site 5 days per week

· A personal intruder alarm

· Buildings insurance

· Electricity, heating and lighting of the communal areas

· Maintenance and management of the building and its external areas

Meaning that you can enjoy travelling without stress and worry, knowing that your home is being looked after.

Volunteering and community activities

Age UK has reported that 1.4m older adults in the UK are ‘chronically lonely’ with some people not seeing anyone from one week to the next. Living in a vibrant retirement community will mean that if you choose to take an active role in the retirement community, you will be surrounded by new friends and enjoy community activities together.

If you have a particular hobby that you would like to share with others, you can volunteer to run your own club in the community lounge. Are you a fan of Richard Osman? You could even find your own Joyce, Ibrahim, Elizabeth and Ron and set up a Thursday Night Murder club, working as sleuths to solve unsolved mysteries.

If you are used to working 9 – 5, retirement can be a shock, so clubs and volunteering can help re-establish a daily routine and ensure that you are a useful member of your community.

Family visits

If you choose to live in one of our one or two bed apartments and don’t feel that you have enough space for guests to stay, we have got you covered!

We know that downsizing can feel daunting, especially if you’re used to having lots of people over for big occasions, however, living with us means that you still can (without having to clean up after them)!

Guest suites are available if you have people coming to stay. The suites are bookable through the House Manager for a small nightly charge and it means that you don’t have to worry about the stress of having loved ones come to stay, we take care of them for you and give them a warm welcome!

Each room has an en-suite bathroom, tea and coffee making facilities, fresh towels and clean bedlinen.

If you would like to find out more about our retirement living communities and how your new apartment could fit around your lifestyle, head to our “how it works” to find out more about making your next move. https://burghleyretirement.co.uk/how-it-works/

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It’s natural to have a lot of questions about retirement.

When can I retire? What is retirement? When can I access my pension?

After all, you have been planning for retirement since your first day of work.

But when it comes to retirement living, for many lucky retirees, this is a brand new concept. The biggest question we get asked is: “Is Retirement Living right for me?”

It’s understandable that you may have some questions and some uncertainty about what retirement living is and whether it is the right option for you. At Burghley Retirement Living, we believe retirement is all about having the freedom to enjoy the things you love the most.

Our retirement living villages are exclusively for the over 55s and are designed with you in mind. Burghley luxury retirement apartments have maintenance included so you can free up your time and lead an independent lifestyle, plus we provide a safe and secure environment providing peace of mind for you and your loved ones.

What Is Retirement Living?

Our retirement villages are built especially for “people over 55” who wish to live independently in a safe and comfortable environment.

Location

When it comes to location, we know how important it is to find the right home in the right area. We have thoughtfully chosen excellent locations across our retirement living properties that give residents everything they need on their doorstep.

– Our Thornton-Cleveleys retirement living village is perfectly positioned by the famous Marsh Mill, which means that residents can nip out for a coffee in one of the many bustling cafes or enjoy a spot of shopping. Plus, the village is just a 15-minute walk from the seaside, perfect for strolls along the promenade and watching the waves; this retirement village really does have the best of both worlds.

– Our Derby retirement living village is nestled within the ready-made community of Kingsway in Derby. This charming development has the choice of one or two-bedroom apartments set within extensive landscaped grounds. The location is perfect for city life, in ten-minutes you can drive into Derby city centre with its huge range of high street stores, culture and restaurants.

If you prefer to stay at home, our retirement villages promote a luxury lifestyle, offering the opportunity to enjoy onsite social activities within a community of people of a similar age.

Enjoyment and security.

We believe retirement is about having the time and freedom to enjoy the things you love the most. All of our developments are designed exclusively for the over 55s. Your home gives you privacy when you want it, but a communal resident lounge opens up a whole new social life with like-minded neighbours when you wish.

Living in our retirement apartments means that you can say goodbye to maintenance. The communal upkeep (including the gardens and guttering) is taken care of as part of your service charge. We believe life is to enjoy and when everything is taken by us, you can forget about all those irritating, time-consuming jobs when you move in.

Our team will always be on hand as safety and security of paramount importance to us, plus during the week your House Manager will be around every day from 9am – 5pm if you have any questions or concerns.

Find out more about our retirement living community by giving us a call on 0800 999 1989.

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This November, Derby is bustling with activities to help get you into the winter spirit! There is truly something for everyone, from big events like Bonfire Night and Lights Switch to smaller more intimate events such as wreath making!

Bonfire night

On the 4th November, Derby’s biggest Fireworks Night is back! This event has all of the classic Bonfire Night food, plus, what promises to be the biggest and best display ever, complete with a brand-new laser show! Plus, it’s only an 15 minute drive away from Albany Lodge, Kingsway.

The Derby Christmas light Switch on

Derby is the perfect city to get into the Christmas spirit! Why not ask your friends from your retirement living village to wrap up warm and head to the city centre on the 12th of November. Once there, the festivities begin at 3.30pm you will enjoy a variety of entertainment on the stage leading up to the big switch-on at 6pm to get you in the Festive spirit.

https://www.visitderby.co.uk/whats-on/festive-derby/christmas-lights-switch-on

Let’s make Christmas

If you love crafts, Derby Museum, the Art Gallery and the Museum of Making are featuring beautiful handmade gifts from local makers in their shops, including prints, ceramics, jewellery and textiles.

“Let’s make Christmas” is a seasonal celebration of contemporary making. This event is throughout November and will feature handcrafted pieces from over 50 local makers.

https://www.derbymuseums.org/event/lets-make-christmas-2022

Christmas at Chatsworth

Just an hour away from your retirement living apartment is, Chatsworth house, this fantastic day out is especially magical at Christmas. This November, step inside Chatsworth House and be magically transported to the mystical frozen realms of the far north.

At dusk, experience the ‘northern lights’ over the Canal Pond and let magical colour guide you along the Broad Walk into a glade of glowing lights, plus there will even be a historic Maze lit with wands of light and filled with festive music.

https://www.chatsworth.org/events/christmas/

Wreath Making Workshop

If you want to adorn the door of your retirement living apartment with a festive wreath, why not make one yourself?

Head to Kedleston Country House on the 28th, 29th, 30th November or 1st December land join a wreath making workshop!

Get creative and make your own Christmas door wreath. With expert guidance, an abundance of foliage and decorations included in the price, all you need to do is relax, be merry, enjoy a glass of mulled wine and mince pies whilst making your own festive decoration.

Derby has so much to offer this November and attending these events will make you feel not only at home in your retirement living apartment but also in the wider city of Derby. After working all your

life, you deserve to dedicate your time to going out and enjoying yourself whilst living at Albany Lodge Retirement village.

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A lot of thought goes into the design of our retirement living apartments, to ensure that they offer everything you need for an enjoyable and comfortable home. Each retirement apartment is built to last and finished to a high standard, with quality fixtures and fittings and thoughtful design touches.

We ensure that we are on the pulse with design trends which means that our over 55s living developments are of a high standard and provide a welcoming and contemporary home for you to enjoy later life.

Here are a few of the interior design trends that are inspiring us this autumn.

70’s style

A key trend is the slow and laidback styling of the 70’s. The use of natural materials teamed with earthy tones is making a comeback this autumn.

Style your retirement living apartment with these 70’s touches such as animal prints, furry shag pile rugs, velvet furnishings and handcrafted ceramics. Or simply nod to the trend with a houseplant or two.

Lots of texture

Textures help your home look cosy and comfortable. This autumn a combination of rattan, velvet, natural pine and antique rugs are all the rage with interior designers. You can transform the look of your retirement living apartment with layered rugs and textured wall hangings.

Let the light in

This autumn, warm neutrals are back in trend. You can paint your neutral retirement living apartment in light browns and soft oranges, these will be bright during the day and warm during the evening. If you fancy a pop of colour, bright cushions and fun mirrors will compliment this trend.

Nature

Filling your home with plants and flowers will never go out of fashion. House plants not only look fantastic but they have benefits ranging from improving your mood and reducing stress levels to reducing breathing problems.

Patterns

According to the research, we will be welcoming an injection of print and pattern into the home after a summer of minimalism. The resurgence of bold patterns will add fun and vibrance to your retirement living apartment. You can pair a geometric wallpaper or a striped rug with neutral walls to embrace the trend.

Our retirement living apartments in Thornton-Cleveleys and Derby will be ready to move into this autumn. To book a show flat viewing call us on 0800 999 1989 to speak with Pamela and find out more.

 

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As the weather starts to turn, you will soon discover that the Fylde coast is more than just endless golden beaches and picturesque views. There is a lot more to explore, from events to local attractions, everything we have listed below is less than 30 minutes away from your luxury retirement flat at Royles Lodge.

Retail Therapy

Just a 30-minute bus ride away from Royles Lodge retirement living is a shopping destination you won’t want to miss if you’re planning to get some new cosy winter outfits – Affinity Outlet Shopping. It’s the perfect place for those looking to find a bargain. From Pavers to Craghoppers, Regatta to Next, there is a store for everyone.

https://affinitylancashire.com

ACU British Sand Racing Championship

On the 2nd of October, the British Sand Racing Championship will take place on St Annes Beach. This afternoon of racing will see motorbikes, sidecars and quad bikes compete against one another to be the British champion. This adrenaline-filled event is just a half an hour drive away from your over 55s apartment and is sure to be a Sunday of jam-packed fun.

https://www.visitfyldecoast.info/event/fylde-acu-british-sand-masters-2022/2022-09-17/

Visit a tearoom

There is nothing better than discovering a new place to enjoy a brew with friends. Why not take some of your new pals from your retirement living village to one of the top-rated cafes near Royles Lodge? Tiffins Tea Room is a stones through away in Marsh Mill Village and has a variety of homemade cakes to enjoy. Or you could pop into the fabulous Linden Tea Room if you fancy trying the ever-changing soup of the day.

A Tribute to the Armed Forces – “We Will Meet Again” – Stage show

On the 13th of November enjoy a celebration of wartime entertainment in Lytham St Annes.  The 1940s variety show is a light-hearted, yet respectful look at wartime entertainment. Your host is renowned 40’s vocalist Mervyn Francis, who will be joined by a comedy multi-instrumentalist, a ukulele player and of course your very own forces sweetheart.

https://www.discoverfylde.co.uk/events/a-tribute-to-the-armed-forces-well-meet-again/

Fleetwood Music and Arts Festival 2022

When you live in your retirement apartment, there will be a vibrant community around you, but if you’re naturally outgoing, why not take your chance to be part of the wider town? Get involved with the arts scene and put a date in your diary for the Fleetwood Music and Arts Festival. This annual celebration of the Arts takes place on the 19th November and involves fun competitions for amateur actors, instrumentalists and singers.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fleetwood-music-arts-festival-2022-join-us-for-our-in-person-event-tickets-215778247547?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Why wait to live in such a convenient and friendly place? Book an appointment to find your perfect apartment in Thornton-Cleveleys today.

 

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Reading is a wonderful hobby that keeps the mind active. Reading at any age has many benefits that include reducing stress, enhancing sleep, improving memory, sharpening decision-making skills, and delaying the development of diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s.

International literacy day is on the 8th of September every year and this year we have pulled together a list of must-read books that you can get stuck into this Autumn in your brand new retirement living apartment.

Thursday Night Murder Club by Richard Osman

A light-hearted and cosy mystery focused on four friends living in a retirement village who get together on Thursdays to investigate and solve cold cases. The sleuths finally find themselves in the centre of an active case, when a builder who works in their retirement village is murdered. The book is jaunty and in places, laugh-out-loud funny.

My Mess is a Bit of a Life by Georgia Pritchett

Pritchett speaks openly and honestly about the ups and downs of living with anxiety, through wonderfully funny and occasionally heartbreaking stories that stay with you well after reading. This is a book that feels very relatable for anyone living with anxiety.

Rings of Saturn by WG Sebald

 The novel records a walking tour along the Suffolk coast. The book wanders through a few of the things which cross the path and mind of its narrator (who both is and is not Sebald) simultaneously inhabiting the present and the past, landscape and memory.

Breathtaking by Rachel Clarke

Clarke is a palliative care doctor who during the Covid-19 pandemic looked after some of the sickest patients in the ward of her hospital. She writes a powerful, emotional account filled with fear, love and the very best of humanity.

The Bad Dog’s Diary: A Year in the Life of Blake: Lover… Fighter… Dog by Martin Howard

 Blake is a loveable dog just trying to lead a happy life; he loves his owner, fiercely defends his territory, does his best to avoid the frequently threatened neutering and spends a lot of his time either scooting across the carpet or trying to find a girlfriend. This book is the diary of Blake the mongrel.

We have pulled out a few classics and have taken a look at some recent publications that speak of truth, anxiety and reality. This list has something that will appeal to everyone, so if you are in the mood for a cosy read in your over 55s flat we recommend trying out “The Bad Dogs Diary” or “The Thursday Night Murder Club”. However, if you fancy a challenging and lively debate at your retirement community book club, get stuck into the “Rings of Saturn”.

If you fancy curling up with a good book in a brand new home, our luxury retirement living apartments in Derby and Thornton-Cleveleys will be ready to move into this autumn, for more information please contact Pamela on 0800 999 1989.

 

 

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Retirement is the perfect opportunity to take stock and find a new direction, it is also a time when many retirees leap at the chance to free themselves from the burden of maintaining a large family home.

Downsizing, after all, does make a lot of sense, especially if you don’t want the expense of heating empty bedrooms or the stress of maintaining a large garden. According to Age Mobility, 64 is the perfect age to downsize as it means that you can benefit most from getting rid of unused space and free up cash that allows you to live a dream retirement without financial strain.

We understand that it can be difficult to separate yourself from items that hold precious memories which is why, if you are moving from a large family home into an independent senior living community we recommend that you start the process of decluttering as soon as possible and importantly, pace yourself!

  1. Focus on one room at a time

To ensure that you don’t feel overwhelmed we recommend that you start the downsizing process as soon as possible and go through each room individually, giving yourself the time and headspace that you need to sort through your house. If you split your decluttering into “sections” and go room by room and start this process at least 3 months before you plan to move home it’ll be far less stressful on moving day as you will already have everything organised.

Before you downsize and move into a luxury over 55’s property, it’s essential that you set yourself clear boundaries and know how much space your new apartment will have and what you intend to take with you to your new home. It’s essential that you have a clear room-by-room picture of what you’ll be taking with you to your new home and what you intend to get rid of.

If you’ve lived in your current home for a long time, it’s likely that you will have accumulated a large amount of furniture, household items and personal possessions. To effectively downsize, letting go of personal attachments is key.

There are a lot of techniques to help you let go of items that you no longer use or need and end up with possessions that you actually need:

Some popular methods include:

  • One-A-Day Method: This sounds a little extreme, but once you start, it’s easy to get into. You simply let go of one item per day, or if you are short on time, you give away the same amount of items as the day of the month, for example, if it’s the 14th of September, you give away 14 items.
  • The Marie Kondo Method: Popularised by the Netflix series “Tidying Up”, this method takes on clutter by category (clothes, books and sentimental items). If an item no longer “sparks joy” then it’s time to get rid of it.
  • Four-Box Method: Take an item and only give yourself four options. Typically, these options are: keep, donate, recycle and sell

2. Consider your new Lifestyle 

Once you’ve decided what to keep and what to leave behind, have a final sweep of your possessions with your new lifestyle in mind.

If you’re heading to one of our luxury retirement apartments in Thornton-Cleveleys for example, you’ll be surrounded by renowned golf courses and miles of golden sand, so keeping your clubs and bucket and spade for the grandchildren will be essential. However, if you’re heading to our retirement community in Derby, you will only be 30 minutes from East Midlands airport, so keeping your cossie and a sun hat is a must!

3. Plan Decorative Touches

 Downsizing to move into a retirement flat should feel like a positive experience. Use the time before you move to get excited and plan the layout and decor in your new flat.

Think about your colour scheme – will it be punchy and bright or neutral and muted? Will you have a featured piece of furniture or object? Planning the look and feel of your new space not only gets you excited about making the move to your new home but helps you choose and keep the right decorative objects for your new retirement flat.

Remember, if you choose to move into one of our retirement living apartments, we leave the finishing touches to you. Each apartment is thoughtfully designed with you in mind and includes storage areas to help you make the most of your space, but when it comes to putting a personal stamp on the place – we leave that entirely up to you.

 

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Do you find the sea air irresistible and look forward to trips to the Fylde Coast every summer? 18 million of us do and for good reason! This quaint seaside destination has plenty of great choices of places to stay from full-service hotels, to welcoming country inns and cosy holiday cottages as well as friendly caravan parks and glamping sites for those who enjoy the great outdoors.

With a great mixture of beaches, quaint seaside towns and sprawling countryside, it’s little wonder why this coastline was the destination of choice for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert when they visited in the summer of 1874.

If you enjoy holidays on the Fylde coast, why not look beyond just staying in a cosy B&B and tucking into ice creams for two weeks in the summer and instead, think about living in Thornton Cleveleys full time?

What makes Thornton-Cleveleys the perfect home?

It’s flat!

You can walk in any direction, without ending up out of breath because this terrific seaside town isn’t plagued with hills! This smooth and level town is ideal for anyone and accessible to all, making it the idea place to retire too if you plan on enjoying a quieter pace of life.

The easy terrain is also fantastic for bike rides. You can cycle to the Ribble Estuary at Lytham or to Fleetwood in Wyre using the scenic coastal path. Plus, if you’re feeling adventurous, at Wyre you can hop on the ferry to Knott End and carry on your exploits.

The glorious promenade

This award-winning promenade has been recently renovated in a sea defence project and includes steps leading down to the beach for easy access. The promenade doesn’t just boast fabulous views, it is also clean, attractive and has plenty of built-in seating which is perfect for those all-important ice cream pit stops.

Shopping

If you are a fan of retail therapy, there are some excellent shops along Cleveleys bustling high street, with well known stores and independent shops side by side.

From well-loved local brands such as “Elegant Clothing” (a ladies boutique) to popular big-name shops such as M&Co, Bonmarche and Home Bargains; Cleveleys high street has something for everyone.

It’s easy to get around

 When moving to an area, it’s important to have great transport options. The town has a well-connected bus and tram network and handily has a plethora of buses running across town and further afield starting at the bus station which is located next to the main shopping street.

The trams are frequent and the main stops run along the promenade, which is a beautiful route to take at sunset.

The people are really nice

No, it’s not just a holiday glow, people are nice all year around! There is a strong sense of community spirit in Thornton Cleveleys with groups and events galore! There are clubs for everything you can think of, from gardening to music! If you’re not one for organised activities and just fancy a night out, there is great evening entertainment in Marine Hall and Thornton Little Theatre and of course, lots of trendy new cocktail bars popping up along the coastline.

The local area

With its neat hedgerows, golf courses and upmarket restaurants, the elegant Lytham St Annes has all the trappings of a wealthy Cheshire town. If you’re a golf fan, this town is just half an hour away from Thornton Cleveleys and is home to 4 golf clubs including, the “Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club” which one of the premier links courses in the World.

Just 15 minutes away from the heart of Thonton-Cleveleys is trendy Blackpool. Famed for its nightlife, with theatres and entertainment galore! From the notorious Grand Theatre, to the renowned Winter Gardens and of course the Opera House, Blackpool provides ample opportunity to enjoy musicals, plays, operas, pantomimes, stand-up comedy and concerts!

The Lakes are only an hour away from Thornton-Cleveleys, the area is well known for its fantastic trails and mountains and offers everything from short walks that are perfect for beginners to more demanding trails that are ideal for those seeking a challenge.

Royles Lodge is in the heart of Thornton-Cleveleys, near the famous Marsh Mill. This luxury retirement village could be your new home if you choose to extend your seaside holiday… permanently! Find out more about our retirement living community by giving us a call on 0800 999 1989.

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The school summer holidays are a precious time when grandparents get to spend lots of time with their grandchildren. Come rain or shine, we have pulled together some top tips to keep the little ones entertained over the long summer holidays.

Long hot summer days

We’ve rounded up some of the best ways for both kids… and big kids to have sun in the hot weather.

Gardening

For a lot of gardeners, we hold dear memories of grandparents teaching us how to grow plants, how to care for the soil, and sharing their own tips and tricks. Why not spend the summer showing your own grandchildren the ropes?

Start simple with seeds and cress on the windowsill (this also works as a rainy day activity).

One of the greatest shared gardening activities is growing a plant in a pot, nurturing it, watering and feeding it, and simply watching it grow. The great thing about this interest is that it can be done both inside and outside and over a number of weeks/months/years.

Visit National Trust properties

Ah the great outdoors! Sweeping national trust gardens are perfect for walks and picnics on hot summer days.

Why not explore the great outdoors, even the rainy days can be enjoyed in the woods for a nature walk.

The park

The park is always a hit! But best of all, not only is it fun, it’s free! You can enjoy everything from feeding the ducks to playing on the swings. Now that’s what we call a day out!4. The beach

The seaside

Sun, sea, sandcastles and swimming. What’s not to enjoy about a day out by the glorious British coast? You can make many happy memories by the seaside, Skegness is just 2hours away from Derby’s Albany Lodge or if you chose to live in Royles Lodge at Thornton Cleveleys, you’ll be right on the coast!

Wet weather fun

We all know that a British summer can bring a lot of spells of rain. We have prepared some activities that are fun in every weather.

Read a book

From fairy tales to non-fiction, there is something for everyone. Why not start a new book with your grandchildren or dig out an old favourite this summer?

Settle down and watch a good film

This is something the whole family can enjoy. It’s a perfect rainy day activity to snuggle up on the sofa with some tasty popcorn.

The ultimate gloomy day activity. We recommend:

  • Monopoly
  • Ludo
  • Scrabble
  • Buckeroo
  • Snakes and ladders
  • Frustration

Whatever you get up to this summer break, why not stop by one of our luxury retirement living villages? Both Albany Lodge in Kingsway, Derby and Royles Lodge in Thornton Cleveleys are ready to reserve now. Plus, you could move in as soon as this autumn, find out more by speaking to our friendly team: info@burghleygroup.co.uk

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By Maggie Wilkinson

 

Do you sometimes long to have a go at drawing and painting, but find the sight of a blank, white page daunting – with negative thoughts of not wanting to make a mess? Sometimes, we need to make a start in a small, gentle, and easy way, to get our creativity flowing again and to restore our confidence. Think back to when you were a child; do you remember those cold, wet playtimes when you couldn’t go out, and how cosy and enjoyable it felt to be cosseted up indoors in the warm and colouring in?

 

Colouring is now a really popular hobby, with fabulous books designed especially for the adult market. Grown-ups are finding immense pleasure in this relaxing craft: the contemplative peace of sitting at the table at your retirement village living and setting out the supplies; then, the simple comfort of laying down the colours, bringing the picture to life with your own handiwork. What a delightful way to spend an afternoon, perhaps with your grandchild or craft group, working on your pages together, side by side.

Before you take the plunge and buy expensive books, why not click on the links below and print yourself off a selection of free images that appeal to you?

 

Supplies you can use:

  • Pencil crayons – these are a great medium to start with, and they vary enormously in price and quality. All the “colourists” have their favourites, and the serious devotees often have several sets. Pencil crayons are more forgiving and subtle than felt pens, with less chance of bleeding through and spoiling the drawing on the other side of the page. The Staedtler 157 SB24 Ergosoft Triangular Colouring Pencils are good, and come highly recommended by the creator of one of the loveliest series of colouring books, Johanna Basford. These are brilliant, relatively cheap, and a perfect place to start. The colours lay down very softly and are easy to layer and blend. Always lay a sheet of clean white paper under the page you’re working on, to prevent marking the underneath design.

Pencil Crayons

 

  • Fineliners  – These are very posh felt-tip pens, brilliant for complimenting, enhancing, and highlighting your pencil work. The tips really are very fine and work well for tiny shapes, adding decorative dots, lines, and flourishes.

Fineliners

 

  • Colouring Books – Johanna Basford has designed and produced a series of beautifully drawn colouring books. She has even drawn a very sweet and free colouring book, which you can download and print as a pdf—see the links below. Johanna offers inspiring, free online tutorials, and there’s a very friendly Facebook community who generously share their work, tips, recommendations, and ideas.

Free colouring downloads

Johanna’s Free Book, “Flourish”

 

Another way you can ease yourself into creating with colour is to start a journal— a small book to fill with doodles and sketches, inspired from little things you see around you whilst at your retirement community near the sea or out and about, or your thoughts. It’s fun to collect ephemera from places you visit and stick them in, embellishing by hand.

 

It’s truly rewarding to give yourself the time to be creative, and everyone is creative - we just forget to use it! So, why not check out these links and inspire yourself?

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When choosing to live at Royles Lodge you will have a vast number of beaches and seaside experiences at your disposal all of which are practically on your doorstep! Leaving by the coast means that there are plenty of opportunities to take the grandchildren out for the day and enjoy the summer sun. From Blackpool Pier to hidden beaches on the Fylde coast, there’s something for every occasion! 

Blackpool with the Grandchildren 

Thornton Cleveleys is an idyllic location for those who crave the sea air, there are so many seaside locations to choose to visit and we know that you’ll be spoilt for choice!  

If you have the day with the grandchildren we recommend that you take them to Blackpool for the day as it’s only a 20-minute bus ride away from the retirement community living. Blackpool has arcades, rides and a beach, so there is plenty to keep the kids entertained before heading back to your retirement apartment and watching them fall asleep happily on the sofa. Pleasure Beach theme park on the pier has so much to offer with small to giant roller coasters so there is a thrill factor for everyone to enjoy. If that’s not your family’s kind of thing there’s also a huge choice of fish and chip shops to choose lunch from and you could always just get a bucket and spade for the grandkids to pass the time whilst you relax reading a book next to them.  

Ferry To Knott End  

If you want to spend some quality time with your new neighbours and are looking for a quiet seaside day out then we would recommend visiting the Fleetwood Esplanade and catching the ferry from Ferry Beach over to Knott End (which is just over the other side of the River Wyre). Knott End is a quiet area where you can take leisurely walks and look out for local wildlife on the north-western coast! This would be a great place to get away from it all and have a peaceful afternoon just soaking up your surroundings.  

Beach Cleaning  

If you are looking to do some volunteering why not get involved in a beach clean, it’s a brilliant way to meet new people and get involved in the wider community. There are monthly beach clean-ups along Cleveleys beach, including one run by the beach-clean and brew society. After a long morning of cleaning, the group gets a coffee at The Venue Cafe across the street, meaning it’s even easier to make friends and chat! If you feel nervous about going alone why not ask a neighbour from your over 55s community at Royles Lodge to join you? It’s a very rewarding feeling and being a part of a group aiming for the same result will give you extra motivation you need to clean up the beautiful beaches of the northwest!  

Trip to the Park  

Anchorsholme Park is an idyllic location to take your four-legged friends on a walk- being just a 3-minute walk from Royles Lodge. The park is very open and vast and boasts views across the water giving. Your furry friend will love a wander around on a warm summer’s evening and you don’t have to go far to take them to what we’re sure will be their new favourite park!  

There is always something to do around the Thornton-Cleveleys area but it is just made even better in the summer sun. Royles Lodge becomes like your own slice of paradise once the sun comes out. This is the perfect retirement location as the area is packed with beautiful beaches on your doorstep and the opportunity to make wonderful memories. Your retirement living community will be there for you all year round, but whilst the weather is nice make use of it to get out and explore. This is the way retirement living is supposed to be done.  

Blackpool Tower on the beach
 

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Wimbledon is coming up and there are a few things you might find surprising about the legendary competition!

This is a perfect opportunity to arrange a get together with your friends and family and entertain them in your luxury retirement living apartment.

We have pulled together some fun facts form the foundations the great tournament’s traditions.  

Playing with your palm? 

According to tennis legend the game used to be played using the palm of the hand instead of rackets. Up until the 16th century these were the rules of the game, but we’re sure every modern player is happy about the introduction of rackets! Without them the record for fastest serve would have never been recorded. John Isner holds the ATP’s official record for the fastest serve at 253 km/h or 157.2 mph hit during the 2016 Davis Cup. 

What a lot of Balls  

Throughout the Wimbledon tournament around 54,000 balls are used with every 7 to 9 balls being inspected and replaced. When the balls aren’t in use, they are stored in a refrigerated container to keep them absolutely spotless! 

All in white 

As we all know the Wimbledon players have always played in white, but the tradition runs so deep that it is actually written into the rules of competition for every player to be in all white (including underwear!). Andre Agassi, known for his outlandish and colourful outfits (and jean shorts), refused to adhere to these rules and thus didn’t play at Wimbledon until he turned 21. Luckily watching the games from the comfort of your luxury retirement living you will get to decide your own dress code.  

Keeping a Beady Eye out  

There is an integral member of the security in the two weeks of Wimbledon, Rufus the Hawk is the security on hand to scare away the pigeons away from the courts. Rufus keeps a watchful eye on intruding mess making pigeons so the grounds remain pristine. We all know how pesky pigeons can be and it’s important that there is no mess at the legendary tournament of Wimbledon.  

Great British Treats 

It wouldn’t be Wimbledon without all of the treats that come with the big event over the two weeks. Whether you fancy a jug of Pimm’s or some strawberries and cream, it’s the best time to treat yourself. With the sun (hopefully) beaming down and a refreshing cool drink of Pimm’s with cucumber and oranges we couldn’t think of a better way to spend a lovely day at Burghley Retirement Living. Bringing the retirement community together over the summer will be a great way to get to know your neighbours and have fun celebrating everything that is great about this British tennis institution! 

Champagne, Strawberries and Cream by a Tennis Racquet

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It is Jubilee year! We are looking forward to this summer when communities come together to celebrate the longest-reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. What better way to get to know your retirement living community than bringing everyone together for such a memorable event! We have some tips and ideas on how to make the celebrations one you won’t forget!  

Jubilee Cakes  

Tea is an obvious choice when it comes to celebrating everything that is great about Great Britain, but nothing goes better with a nice cuppa than a good bit of cake! Put your baking skills to the test and wow your new neighbours with some excellent decorative tips. We suggest finding a classic Victoria Sponge recipe and getting creative when it comes to icing – we recommend the BBC Good Food website for this!  

Thanks to your fully integrated kitchen in your luxury retirement apartment, you will have all the amenities to practice for a perfect Jubilee cake. Decorating the cake using some white buttercream icing will create a solid layer to create a Union Jack flag using blueberries and raspberries. This is a simple but really effective way of making a delicious treat for the day!  

 Bunting  

It wouldn’t be a Jubilee without bringing out the bunting, and decorating your home with some will really brighten up your over 55s apartment ready for the big day! Making your own bunting can be a fun thing to do with neighbours in preparation for the event especially if you and your friends have organised at the retirement community party. Popping down to your local haberdashery you’ll find all the things you need to make your own bunting. Decorate them with red white and blue to really show your patriotism and celebrate the queen’s life in a new community.  

 The ‘Street’ Party 

Getting the retirement community together for the big day will make the event special and will remind you of Jubilee celebrations of the past and help you make new memories and friends within the community. The outside communal areas would be the perfect place to set up some tables and have to opportunity to bond and make friends! Getting all the colours of the Union Jack for table decorations will really show off your love of Queen and Country – nothing is too over the top!  

Burghley Retirement Living is all about making friends and celebrating big events like the Jubilee whilst feeling a part of a community. Moving to a new area can sometimes be daunting but communal events and getting creative, be it baking or making bunting with a neighbour you should feel more comfortable in your new retirement living community. 

 

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Royles Lodge luxury retirement village is in Thornton-Cleveleys, which might be a place you’re not familiar with yet. We can assure you that with a little guidance from us and your new neighbours in the community, you will be gleefully exploring what the area has to offer in no time.   

 

Royles Lodge has been designed and built to feel not just like home but something much bigger, a thriving retirement community where there will be plenty of activities and socialising opportunities on the grounds and in the cafe. However, an even bigger community lies just outside our retirement apartments in Thornton-Cleveleys and there is so much to explore, including the beautiful scenery of the Fylde Coast, and the famous Marsh Mill..  

 

An important part of our ethos at Burghley Retirement living is to build homes in locations that give our residents options to enjoy the retirement they have earned the way they see fit.  

When we found the Royles Lodge location in Thornton-Cleveleys, we knew it was a hidden gem and we can’t wait to show you the area. Our central location ensures that there are lots of great activities on the doorstep of your Royles Lodge apartment that are all accessible by foot in under 10 minutes.  

 

Marsh Mill 

 

Just next door is the Marsh Mill which has a range of cafes, boutiques and a carvery pub! The best part is, it’s only two minutes on foot away from the luxury retirement village. You might find some gifts for a grandchild’s birthday or maybe even a nice spot to enjoy a coffee with a new neighbour. Because it is right by the retirement complex, it will soon become a familiar place for you to spend the afternoon and relax with a friend.  

 

If you have a pet, Marsh Mill has a beautiful windmill and park area to take the dog for a quick stroll. It has it all, it’s big enough that if you are taking care of the grandchildren at the weekend it’s big enough to go for a look around, and small enough that you can quickly pop in  for some groceries for dinner.  

 

On a Sunday after a long morning walk along the coast, you might find yourself craving a carvery, look no further than the Marsh Mill Tavern! They serve 5-star carveries every Sunday, and because they are  just a moment away from home, once you are full you can wander back to your luxury apartment and relax for the rest of the evening.  

 

Having this convenient picturesque village on your doorstep will give you the chance to have another place aside from your independent living apartment to relax and socialise with your new neighbours.  

 

Fylde Coast 

The Fylde Coast is home to some of Northern England’s nicest beaches and having one right on your doorstep might sound too good to be true! The closest beach to Royles Lodge is just 5 minutes so whatever the weather, the beach is just waiting for you to enjoy.  

 

Each month the council organise litter picking days, this is a brilliant way to help out in the community, not only the Royles Lodge community, but that of the whole town! Doing some volunteering like this will feel extremely rewarding and is a great way to make friends outside of your luxury retirement village 

 

So why wait to live in such a convenient and friendly place? Book an appointment to find your perfect apartment today. Marsh Mill

 

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Picture this: You and your partner spend a bright Sunday morning tending to your garden, planting flower bulbs and picking out a few pesky weeds. After that, you take a seat on your bench soaking up the spring sun, reading the newspaper with a hot drink. Admiring your luxury retirement village, you sit back and look around at what you have achieved and earnt, and it’s not long until your guests arrive for the meal of the week- your famous roast dinner. This roast has been the talk of the Albany Lodge senior retirement community and everyone wants an invite.  

 It’s almost time to put the meat in the oven so you head into your fully integrated kitchen to get started. The large kitchen space means that there is plenty of room for two of you to get preparing the best meal of the week, so whilst one of you peels the potatoes the other can start chopping the veg. If you would rather take on the prep solo then you won’t be short of feeling like a chef in your beautifully equipped kitchen. Each kitchen in our  independent living community apartments have all of the mod cons you would expect so not only do you now have the perfect space to entertain guests in your private indoor and outdoor space you also have everything you need in order to cook for those you love most. 

 When you move into Albany Lodge, Derby we will take care of everything including integrating all the mod-cons you might need to entertain guests allowing you to cook up a storm. Each kitchen in our retirement living village is fully integrated and has a modern feel to it but with enough space and light to ensure that you can bring in your own touches. The layout of the Albany Lodge kitchens should help recall memories of kitchens of the past, provide space to dance whilst cooking, and inspire creativity to test and perfect recipes in your new apartment.  

We know that entertaining is important, which is why we have designed our kitchens with you in mind, giving you the perfect opportunity to make new memories at the heart of your home. The ceramic hob is a fantastic cooking station and we have no doubt that you will use it to cook a mind-blowing cheese sauce for your famous cauliflower cheese!  

 When you enter your retirement living apartment you’ll notice the integrated electric oven is set at waist height so it’s easy to pop those roasted potatoes in, and with slip-resistant Amtico flooring, you’ll be able to move around as fast as you like without slipping and dropping the Yorkshire puddings! 

 Even if you worry about making a mess with countless pots and pans, your kitchen at Albany Lodge will have a trusty dishwasher on standby ready to clean them all. The high-quality stainless steel extractor hood will help to clear away any hot air or burnt smells if something does go slightly wrong (or the roasted carrots get a little chargrilled).  

 Living at Albany Lodge will be something to be proud of. Your guests will be able to sit in your stylish lounge and admire your state-of-the-art kitchen with a glass of wine (plus you can still chat to them if you find yourself suck in the kitchen cooking). This open plan design gives you a wider area to socialise with guests which is perfect for hosting family and friends! In your luxury retirement apartment, there is the space to enjoy hosting, entertaining and most importantly creating new memories.  

Retirement Village Kitchen

Your luxury apartment will provide you with a kitchen where you can cook up some wholesome meals and enjoy time with family, friends and maybe even your new neighbours. So why not start making those memories and book your luxury retirement apartment now to become a member of the Albany Lodge community.  

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With the days getting brighter and Easter fast approaching, you may be looking forward to spending time with your Grandchildren over the Easter holidays in your over 55 community. Now, we all love going to granny and grandpa’s for time-honored Easter egg hunt in the garden of your luxury retirement village, but if you wanted to spice things up this year we’ve got some great craft ideas to keep the grandkids busy and entertained.  

 Plant Pot Bunny Rabbits 

 This is a quick and easy craft that you can enjoy from the comfort of your luxury retirement flat. The “plant pot bunny rabbits” just require some paint, two small clay pots, googly eyes, a pen and some pipe cleaners to come to life!  

All you have to do is take your two pots glue them together (with the top one upside down and let the little ones decide what fun colour they want their bunny to be.  

Next, after they have gotten paint all over the wipe-clean table cloth, leave it to dry before sticking your googly eyes on the top half of the bunny.  

Whilst you wait for the eyes to dry, under your supervision, let the grandchildren cut some ears out of cardboard, for a classic look white and pink is always a hit. After that, take the card and cut a mouth so your bunny can eat all the carrots and, of course, a nose for the bunny to smell out any chocolate nearby! 

All bunnies need whiskers so take the pipe cleaners and bend them to look like some whiskers for your Grandchild’s new little friend! Finally, stick the whiskers nose, and mouth together and the bunny ears on top and you’ll see him come to life.  

This simple table top craft would be perfect to enjoy on a wet day from the comfort of your retirement apartment. 

Painted Eggs 

 …this might sound like a disaster waiting to happen but we promise that the last thing we want is for your retirement living apartment to be covered in egg yolk. Therefore, we would suggest buying some small plastic eggs for the grandchildren to play around with and paint with any persona they choose. All you’ll need are small plastic eggs and some acrylic paint in colours of your choice. Pick two fine brushes and get painting your little egg people making up stories about them along the way!  

Chocolate Cornflake Cakes  

Would Easter really be Easter without a mini-egg Cornflake cake? It absolutely wouldn’t and with fully integrated kitchens in all of our retirement living apartments, there is no better place to bake!  

So grab your oven gloves and make Easter snacks that the whole family will love! 

Recipe

 225g/8oz plain chocolate, broken into pieces 

2 tbsp golden syrup 

50g/2oz butter 

75g/2¾oz cornflakes 

36 mini chocolate eggs 

Line a 12-hole fairy cake tin with paper cases. 

Melt the chocolate, golden syrup and butter in a bowl set over a saucepan of gently simmering  

water (do not let the base of the bowl touch the water). Stir the mixture until smooth. 

Remove the bowl from the heat and gently stir in the cornflakes until all of the cereal is coated in the chocolate. 

Divide the mixture between the paper cases and press 3 chocolate eggs into the centre of each nest. Chill in the fridge for 1 hour, or until completely set.  

(Recipe from BBC Good Food)  

  

From food to crafts we hope we have given you some useful ideas to keep grandchildren entertained this Easter. At Burghley Retirement Living we believe life should be about doing the things you love without the stress of the small things and our maintenance and groundwork service means that you’ll have plenty of time to entertain little ones in your retirement living apartment all year round! 

Grandmother with bunny ears entertaining grandaughter at Easter in retirement apartment

 

 

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If you love the buzz of innovation, relocate to the historic city of Derby!

Famed for having the worlds first factory, Derby has always been home to change. With augmented reality town trails and the revered “Museum of Making” on your doorstep, you’ll never fall short of finding new interesting things to see and do; living in this vibrant city will provide excitement and intrigue.  

 Albany Lodge is just a 10 minute bus journey from this interesting city centre.  

 But the location of our retirement living apartments means there so much more than the city centre to explore, Derby is also home to some of the most beautiful National Trust parks, cosy cafes and clubs.  

For great days out to visit with new neighbours, friends and family, there is plenty to explore.  

 Here are some of our favourite places to discover just a short journey from your retirement living apartment.  

 National Trust Days Out 

 Derby has some lovely National Trust estates with history around every corner.  

 Kedleston Hall is a good place to start to get more familiar with Derby and it’s history. A short 20 minute drive from Albany Lodge, Kedleston offers 800 acres of parkland an exquisite garden, perfect for an afternoon stroll. The Curzon family has lived at Kedleston since the 12th century and continues to live in the hall. The house is full of artefacts from Lord Curzon’s travels to India in the early 1900s as well as extensive artworks gifted to the family. For more information click the link below.  

 https://www.visitderby.co.uk/things-to-do/great-base/kedleston-hall/ 

 Cafes around Town  

 If you fancy popping out for a couple of hours, Derby is the perfect place to find a new local coffee shop with a neighbour from your retirement living village. Derby has a number of independent coffee shops if you fancy a natter with your friends or just sit back and enjoy a good book.  

 Speaking of, the Book Cafe in Derby city centre has brilliant reviews, and it is a perfect place to pick up a book that takes your fancy, have a fresh cup of tea and enjoy time to yourself. For more independent cafes nearby see the tripadvisor’s top ten and see which ones take your fancy! 

 https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurants-g187048-c8-Derby_Derbyshire_England.html 

 Group activities 

 Retiring can seem daunting at first, but we promise you, there will never be a dull moment. There will be plenty of opportunities to meet like minded individuals, at large number of group activities you can get involved in around the city.  

 University for the Third Age is a brilliant way to keep the brain active, there is a broad range of part-time courses in Derby that you can register for, ranging from from learning a new language to finding a new passion for art.  

 

If academia isn’t your thing, why not find out what is happening at the Mickleover Community Centre. The community center allows had a broad range of activities to try, from a energetic dance classes to enjoying a knitting session with a new group of friends.  

 Finding the right activities and balance in your retirement living

 community may seem like a big task, but the good news is that, plenty of people have managed it, and for them, retirement has become the happiest time of their life. 

 

An Aviva study found that 62% of retired people consider themselves truly happy, compared to 42% of people in work. Similarly, some 62% of people said their retirement was better than they had ever imagined. 

 So, getting it right means it could be everything you are looking forward to and more. 

 

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Burghley Retirement is committed to helping you improve your everyday life, out with the mundane tasks of the past and in with taking a relaxing retirement, where everything is looked after for you.  

The service charge that every resident pays, prioritises you and your ability to live without the stresses of maintaining your home. We know that you deserve to spend your retirement free from the worries of home maintenance and in this blog we’ll outline the purpose of the service charge and its benefits to you.  

Independent living is having a life with fewer responsibilities, our communities are built for you to discover the freedom of retirement living, not the trappings of ground and property repairs. Choosing to live at Burghley Retirement Living is about having the balance between luxury and the time to pursue your hobbies, such as gardening, cooking and travel. Gone are the days of cleaning the windows, scraping out the gutters or sweeping the patio, all of this is done for you at Burghley Retirement Living. 

Service Charges

If you are someone who enjoys looking after a garden, you have the best of both worlds. We run a scheme at each retirement living accommodation which allows you to choose an area to take care of and nurture but the wider landscaping is taken care of meaning you don’t have to fret about the housekeeping of the grounds. At Burghley, we discreetly get on with these tasks as we want you to be taken care of as much as we can without you feeling dependent on us.  

We are building communities of like-minded retirees who see the importance of togetherness and socialising. A wide selection of refreshments are provided in the communal area (included in your service charge), which allows you to get to know your neighbours in a neutral setting without having to bring your own mugs, milk and tea bags!  

Whilst you relax in the communal lounge, our house management team will be using your service charge to work behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly for you and the rest of your community. Having fewer responsibilities about the house means more time to enjoy those days out with newfound friends. If you don’t fancy traveling far but want to stay active why not join your neighbours with one of the many social events that we organise or go for a walk together in the grounds. All of this is at your disposal when you choose Burghley Retirement.  

Having quality time to spend with Grandchildren is very important to our residents which is why we take care of household management, this allows you more time for days out at the park, beach or a local market. By simply paying the service charge, you know you are in safe hands, we take care of everything from buildings insurance to a 24-hour call out service, meaning that there won’t be the strain of worrying about jobs to be done at home meaning you can enjoy your time with family with no household stresses, worries or burdens.  

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Life at Burghley is all about you and having the time to indulge in the time and luxuries retirement offers. The constraints of menial tasks shouldn’t drag you down at this stage in your life which is why we charge a small service charge and do the hard work for you.  

However, we do understand the desire not to feel wholly dependent which is why we offer the chance to tend to your own garden or carry out creative activities with your new community. Your retirement is about finding new passions and friends whilst keeping active and staying happy, so let us take care of the rest.  

What is included in the service charge? 

To ensure the grounds and communal areas are maintained and taken care of, our residents pay an annual service charge. The service charge is reviewed each year and is managed on a transparent open book basis, controlled by you, the residents. Your service charge includes the costs of the following: 

  •  A House Manager who is on site 5 days per week 
  • Tea and coffee in the communal lounge 
  • A 24-hour emergency remote call service available to all residents 
  • Your own personal intruder alarm 
  • Buildings insurance 
  • Electricity, heating and lighting of the communal areas 
  • Maintenance and management of the building and its external areas including: 
    • Gardening 
    • Cleaning 
    • Servicing 
    • Window Cleaning 
    • Repairs and redecoration in communal areas 
    • Annual safety testing 

 Find out more about the service charge costs here: https://burghleyretirement.co.uk/how-it-works/ 

 

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Many people dream of living by the sea their whole lives, yet only 5% of UK residents actually take the leap. At Royles Lodge, we believe that the time is now! Our brand new 

retirement village is situated in the craft village of Marsh Mills near Thornton-Cleveleys, meaning that you too could be breathing in coastal air. 

 Val and Brian D’Arcy are uprooting from Leicestershire to move to Royles Lodge and feel that living by the coast is an adventure they are excitedly anticipating. Not only will they be by the sea, but they will be lucky enough to be closer to their family. Having long distance family relationships can be difficult for more mature family members with 61% of them saying they don’t see family enough, with this in mind, the pull of relatives is an important reason for Val and Brian’s move. 

 They are looking forward to being closer to family but also excited by the prospect of their friends and neighbours from Leicestershire coming to stay in their spare room or in the guest suite at Royles Lodge. The two equal-sized ensuite bedrooms with walk-in wardrobes was part of the appeal of the development when Val and Brian were considering where to live. “The large bedrooms as well as the generous lounge with space for a dining table was a real find for us. As we are downsizing, we still do need the space and the second bedroom can double up as a second TV room as well as a guest room.” 

 One of the things they are most looking forward to is being part of a new community and they have worked with Ruth from Unique Estate Agency pouring over the floorplans to ensure they get the perfect plot. They decided on a corner apartment overlooking the carpark so they can see the comings and goings of their new neighbours. The communal lounge is also a great place to meet new friends and Val is looking forward to lending her skills as a former florist and different crafts to her new community in some of their organised events. 

 Martin Hudson, Managing Director of Torsion Care says “Burghley Retirement is the result of years of research and planning to get the right homes to the right people, in the right places. We are delighted to bring a new standard of living to the market and look forward to seeing the difference it makes to our customers.” 

 When the apartments are ready to move into in 2022, Val and Brian will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary and they cannot wait for their friends and family – old and new to be part of the festivities. 

Find out how you can make the move like Val and Brian here

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By Maggie Wilkinson 

 

It’s always useful to have a little project up your sleeve for when the little ones come to visit and need some relaxing indoor entertainment in your retirement flat.   

Children love to do creative things, so here’s something to do on a rainy day from the comfort of your lifestyle village, without making too much mess in your lovely apartment – meet Cressida the cress head and her friends! 

Children as young as four can enjoy this project, stick-on eyes can be fun, and older children love to get creative with the detailing and character of the faces… 

To make this project, it’s good to get the preparation done ahead of time so the kids can get stuck in straight away and everything is to hand. 

Requirements: – 

  • Save some eggshells, and when you crack them open, cut as neatly as you can close to the top or the bottom of the egg. Your choice will influence the shape of the final face. Wash them and let them dry out. 
  • An ordinary pencil for each child and coloured pencils, or fine liner pens, felt tips; an assortment provides choice. 
  • Some plastic sheeting or newspaper to protect your work surface 
  • A small bowl of compost 
  • A packet of cress seeds and a small saucer 
  • A teaspoon for each child  
  • An egg cup for each “Cress head” 
  • A square of kitchen roll for each, or scraps of fabric 
  • Water to moisten the compost. 
  • Egg boxes if taking home 

 

 

Method: – 

Get each child to draw a face on their eggshell. It’s companionable to work alongside, as it gets them going and gives them confidence. 

When they’re happy with the features, and have doodled a bit of hair maybe, let them colour in with the pencils, or whatever they choose. 

When the colouring is dry, put half an inch of water into the shell, and show them how to nearly fill it with compost, using a teaspoon. 

 Show them how to drip water in slowly, so the compost doesn’t spill out, then firm it in carefully so as not to break the shell or spoil the art work. 

Get the kids to open the cress packet and tip the seeds onto the saucer. 

Show them how to sprinkle the seeds onto the soil virtually covering it for a thick head of hair! 

Tap another teaspoon of compost to cover the seeds, and drip on more water. 

Fold the kitchen paper or scrap of fabric into four and tuck it into the egg cup to make a decorative neckerchief. 

Park the eggshell into the egg cup, or if they are going to take them home, place them into an empty egg box for transport. 

The cress will need a careful water each day, and after four or five days on a sunny windowsill, the cress “hair” will start to grow, and the longer it gets, the more characterful and quirky the head will be. 

It’s good to use real soil because it teaches them about seeds, growing food and when it comes to hair cut time, there’s another opportunity for a secondary activity…lunch! 

How about boiling some fresh eggs to mash with a bit of mayo, and an egg and cress sandwich could be on the menu! 

Have Fun! 

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By Simon Oakley 

 

The Thornton-Cleveleys area is an ideal place for senior living communities as you can access nature within a short distance, whether it be nature reserves, long walks or just admiring plant and animal life. Here are some locations that showcase the best of nature in the area. 

 

Marton Mere Local Nature Reserve 

The first location worth exploring is the Marton Mere Nature Reserve in Ormskirk because of the rich diversity it offers and the native plant life. Managed by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, you can find plants such as the endangered whorled caraway, golden dock, tubular water dropwort, early marsh orchids, the large-flowered hemp nettle and purple ramping fumitory, all native to the nature reserve. 

This offers a paradise for wildlife throughout the year as different species settle in the area. For example, in the spring you can see wildflowers and birds nesting whilst during summers your see insects such as butterflies and dragonflies appear. 

If you have the spare time, then why not get up and personal with the wildlife in the area. You can get involved in activities such as a canoe safari and pond dipping giving people the opportunity to see nature and wildlife up close. 

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Wyre Estuary Country Park 

The Wyre Estuary County Park is another good place to visit as you can experience nature in a relaxed setting. Walks and picnics are a great way to just sit and enjoy your surroundings or you can sign up with local rangers at the park to go on fun tours and gain an insight into what makes the park special.  

The country park is ideal if you enjoy watching birds in a natural environment or if you admire different tree varieties. It’s a great place to visit to just explore your environment outside of your independent living communities. 

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Rossall Beach 

Living at Royles Lodge means you are only minutes from the Lancashire Coast. Rossall Beach situated a mile from the Cleveleys Beach is worth a mention because of the natural landscape that allows nature to thrive. If you walk along the beach, you will experience birds flocking along the sandy beaches and marine life along the coast. There has been rumours that even seals can be seen occasionally.  

In many ways, it is perfect for a late evening walk as you can watch the sun descend along the coast at sunset.  

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All of these places are a great change of scenery for those living in luxury retirement villages, when friends or family come to visit why not take them for a little trip outside of your senior living communities. 

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Burghley retirement living is a brilliant opportunity to take full advantage of your retirement. It gives you countless opportunities to enjoy your well earned retirement the way that it should be.

At Burghley we believe that the time you spend after retiring should be stress free with no worries hanging over your head, so with that being the case, why wait to move into your own independent living?

Burghley Retirement Living provides an environment in which you are able to stay active physically and mentally (there are even tennis courts to enjoy with your new neighbours).  

 

We understand that your home is a place where memories have been made throughout your life and it will be understandably hard to let go, but Burghley’s retirement apartments are fantastic places to make new memories in during this exciting next chapter of your life.

The chance to downsize and be free of the burdens of house owning makes buying your own luxury apartment a no brainer.

Having more time and money to enjoy trips is just one of the many things you’ll find you have after downsizing. Not having to deal with maintenance of a house or worrying about cutting the lawn every week will mean you’ll find that the time you have really is your time!

If you are a fan of gardening, Burghley will also offer areas that green fingered residents are able to care for, meaning that you won’t miss out on doing the things you love doing, but without the pressure.  

 

Burghley are offering a new type of retirement living in which you can thrive independently within beautiful surroundings close to our luxury complexes.

We have situated our luxury retirement apartments near to areas of interest because we know the importance of spending time with your loved ones and taking the grandchildren on day trips.

The freedom of using your leisure time to do activities of your choice, whilst fulfilling and rewarding may be a new concept to you, meaning the idea of being a retiree will be far from how you see yourself.

However, surrounding yourself with others who are also enjoying life after work will help you thrive in an environment where Burghley takes care of any mundane issues and worries that you may have had before life at Burghley retirement living.  

 

Buying a retirement living apartment can sound daunting at first, maybe even lonely to some.

However, at Burghley Retirement Living we make sure that you are given much more than a luxury retirement apartment, by creating a community with others with similar interests and attitudes to life in retirement.

Having your own private independent apartment allows you to host dinner parties for your new neighbours in your fully equipped kitchen and entertain friends and family in your luxury living areas.

Having fully accessible living designs means that your guests will be able to visit your apartment comfortably, and of course allows you to move around without any difficulty in your own home.  

 

So the question stands: why wait to move into your retirement living apartment?

The answer is simple, don’t wait, you deserve to experience retirement in the way you’ve always pictured. After years of working it’s time to take time for yourself and be proud of what you have achieved.

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By Kirsti Randazzo

 

Keeping yourself busy in the colder months can be a struggle, especially if you live alone.

With the days being shorter and the cold weather keeping you inside, finding activities that bring you joy is key to beating the winter blues.

There is a hobby that is easy to start, and you probably have most of what you need available.

That hobby is scrapbooking. Not only is this a nice way to spend a chilly winter night, but the memories it brings up are priceless.

 

To get started with scrapbooking, you need to choose a theme.

Obviously, the theme has to go with the photos you choose. If you are doing it for yourself, maybe do your childhood, your teens, your wedding, or any period of your life you want to spend some time thinking about.

 

If you are doing this as a gift to a loved one, try to tell them a story with your scrapbook. Maybe you could do the journey that led you to have them in your life.

 

A scrapbook makes such a meaningful and special gift that can be shared for generations.

Make sure to not overwhelm yourself by starting with too many photos. Start small when it comes to scrapbooking. You can start with 30 photos for your first book.

Pick out a scrapbook at a craft store and get some fun stickers. Having a nice variety of coloured pens adds a lot of personality to your scrapbook.

If you are making a book for a family member, consider writing stories for them next to each meaningful picture. A picture is worth 1000 words on its own, but knowing the back story is extra special.

 

Scrapbooking your favourite trips you’ve taken can be just as good as going on one!

There are stickers on the internet for just about every place you can imagine, so don’t be afraid to get extra creative with your pages!

If you are very crafty, using paint to make headings on each page is a beautiful touch.

Layering paper under the photos looks so elegant – especially if you purchase scissors that leave a design as they cut. The more detail you use, the more fancy your book looks.

 

However you decide to scrapbook, make it your own and have fun with it.

If you have a group of friends nearby, host a scrapbook party!

You can have all your supplies and accessories set up and invite your friends to bring theirs over as well.

It can be a lot of fun to share paper, stickers, and memories with your friends. Make some hot chocolate for everyone and have a cosy winter scrapbook party! You could even suggest you all follow the same theme for the book you’re making.

Everything is better with friends and loved ones, scrapbooking included!

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Burghley retirement living at Thornton-Cleveleys is a unique and luxurious place to spend your retirement years. Being situated on the Fylde Coast you will be able to take advantage of the beautiful scenery and take long walks along the beautiful beaches the north has to offer.

 

Having your own luxury apartment in Thornton Cleveleys gives you privacy but also allows you to be a part of the welcoming community at Burghley Retirement Living 

 

Moving to Thornton-Cleveleys is not just a choice of your apartment, but the opportunity for a relaxed change in lifestyle. A lifestyle for you to enjoy with your new friends and neighbours. What’s more, it is the perfect place for grandchildren to visit with a range of activities on offer to do with them at the weekend. 

 

Entertaining the Grandchildren   

At Burghley Retirement Living we understand the importance of being a grandparent, which is why having a space to entertain grandchildren is just as important as your own comfort. Being just a short drive away from the stunning Yorkshire Dales means that you and your family can go on rural adventures before heading back to your luxury apartment to relax at the end of the day. Your new apartment is the perfect place to host guests and enjoy an evening with friends and family.  

 

Plus, with a fully equipped flat you will be able to enjoy baking with the grandchildren when they come to visit to keep them busy. This lifestyle choice will allow you to make the most of your senior independent living apartment. 

 

Staying Active  

The location of Thornton-Cleveleys means there are endless opportunities to go for a chilly winter’s morning walk, or maybe even a dip in the summer months. 

 

Time to relax  

Our easy to move policy makes moving stress free and easy, you are encouraged to take time for yourself at Thornton-Cleveleys. The privacy at Thornton-Cleveleys means that after a busy day of tennis or long walks you are free to have a quiet evening in your apartment or sit out on your own balcony on a summer evening. Thornton-Cleveleys is in one of the UK’s most picturesque spots meaning that you can enjoy your retirement in the way retirement is supposed to be enjoyed.  

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By Kirsti Randazzo

 

It can be tough to bond with your grandchildren in a time when technology is their main form of entertainment.

Have you ever considered using technology to bond with your grandchildren?

This game used to be done without assistance from technology but, by asking your grandchild to set up their phone to record this on video, you accomplish both getting the phone out of their hand and capturing a cherished memory of you that they will have forever.

 

To start this game, grab a large bowl and two sheets of blank paper.

 

Cut the paper into strips that you can write questions on.

 

Take half the strips for yourself and give the other half to your grandchild – or grandchildren.

 

Tell them to write down any question they might want to know about you or your life. The questions can be as simple as what is your favourite colour or as deep as what is your best childhood memory?

 

When you have all finished writing your questions, fold the pieces of paper and put them in the bowl.

 

This is when it is time to start recording. Have your grandchild prop the phone against something and make sure you are both in view. Now the fun can begin!

 

Take turns drawing questions from the bowl.

When you draw, make sure to answer with as much detail as possible. Even if the question seems mundane, your answer might stick with your grandchild for life.

Really listen to your grandchild’s answers too!

 

This is such an easy way to make memories that will last a lifetime.

It is also a great way for your children and grandchildren to learn who you were before they were around!

We often forget that people lived full lives before we knew them. Your children mostly know you as their parent. Your grandchildren mostly know you as their grandparent.

 

This is a great game to play with your children as well. If your grandchildren are too young to play this game, you could also spend your free time answering your prompts on your own.

Purchase a beautiful notebook and write a question at the top of each page. Whenever you are feeling bored or lonely, turn to your notebook and write your answers.

When you fill the book, it can make an amazing birthday or holiday gift for your loved ones.

In the fast-paced world we live in, it can be hard to connect with loved ones. Don’t be afraid to get creative in the ways you bond with your family. It’s never too late to share you story or ask others to share theirs. In the winter months when you are stuck inside anyways, don’t be afraid to ask your family to play this game.

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As the festive season is fast approaching, why not decorate the front of your luxury retirement apartment door with a homemade wreath?

The steps are easier than you might think with just a few tools and some festive materials you’ll be set for success!

This year could be the perfect  opportunity to practice making a wreath before teaching your Derby Retirement Living neighbours next Christmas.

We are going to give you everything you need to know about making a wire wreath to hang in your new luxury retirement living apartment. 

 

Materials  

 

To make a beautiful wreath you will no doubt need some beautiful materials, whether these be foraged or bought from a local florist we have all the guidance you will need to make your wreath stand out from the rest (especially the shop bought ones).  

 

If you’re already local to the Derby area, you can take a short trip into Derby City Centre to “Boutique Florist” to choose your greenery for your wreath, or if you fancy doing it all yourself, why not make a day of it and go to your local park with the grandchildren to collect shrubbery and flowers to create a unique wreath that will stand out.
 

You may want to add some dried orange slices to your wreath so why not go to a local Derby greengrocers “A. Woodhouse” in the Markethall to get the best quality fruit? To dry these out and fill your luxury retirement apartment with festive aromas, simply slice your oranges thinly, placing them onto greaseproof paper bake at 50 degrees celsius for up to 5 hours. This will make your new home feel very festive with the smells of Christmas.  

 

You might also decide that you want to add crystals, gold leaf stickers or maybe some wired ribbon.  

 

Essentials You will Need  

 

  • Wire or a wire frame 
  • Floral Wire 
  • Work Gloves- so to not hurt yourself whilst you’re getting creative  
  • Wire Cutters- to bend and cut your frame 

Instructions  

 

Below is everything you need to know about making a wire wreath at Christmas time this year to hang in your new luxury retirement living apartment next Christmas. 

 

Now you have all your supplies, you’re ready to get started along with grandchildren on a wintery Sunday afternoon.
 

Step 1: Firstly get your wire and bend it to suit your preferred shape safely using the wire cutters to do so (shaped wire is also available if you don’t feel comfortable bending the wire yourself).  

 

Step 2: Now take your greenery, this could be evergreen shrubbery or any greenery shrubs of your choice, and place it on a part of the main wire frame. Using your floral wire wrap the wire around the shrubbery to attach it to the frame of your wreath and do not cut the wire. Continue to do this until the frame is fully covered and tie the floral wire to the frame and cut it off when you are happy.  

 

Step 3: Once you have covered the wire frame it is time to add your festive dried fruits to the magnificent display which will light up your luxury retirement apartment with festive cheer. Go as wild as you like, this is all about you taking the time to try something new and works as a great activity to keep your mind creatively active. Finally to hang your wreath without making any holes you can use command strips to hang your creation up on your door or inside your apartment! 

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By Maggie Wilkinson

 

Retirement communities are a relatively new phenomenon in England, having  popped up in America, about 35 years ago. They are an absolutely marvellous new way of life for people who are retired, or thinking about retiring. 

The only criteria is that most developments have planning permission to meet the needs of over 55’s. 

The luxury retirement villages are a brilliant concept offering tremendous advantages for those who choose to live in one. They offer you a very liberating and empowering new life… 

 

The Benefits: 

  • The immediate joy is that you no longer have to do all the costly, hard work chores of household and garden maintenance. You can forget gutter clearing, mowing, window cleaning, it’s all taken care of. You will own your own home, and pay an annual service charge which covers the cost of the maintenance of the gardens and all the resources onsite. Your time now is entirely for you to enjoy – a true reward for the hard working part of your life. 

 

  • You will have more disposable income because won’t be paying to heat and decorate rooms you no longer need; your living space will be tailored to your exact personal requirements. Don’t think of it as downsizing – smartly think of it as choosing a property that’s an exact fit for you. 

 

  • Over time, you can take the pleasure of making your home just how you like it, but rather than re-decorating and renovation, re-vamping and making good, it will feel more like painting a beautiful new picture, because your canvas is so fresh and brand new for you. 

 

  • Enjoy booking the guest suite for your visiting friends and family who wish to visit you at your retirement flat, or alternatively, you may choose an apartment with an extra room for when you want to spoil your visitors. The communal lounge and coffee area, as well as the verdant grounds give you lots of airy spaces for you to entertain your guests. 

  

  • When you move in, to your over 55 community, you will really have fine-tuned your life, including All The Stuff. All the things we accumulate, that creep in and clog up a home will be sorted and moved on, that in itself is quite a relief. The things you bring will be the special things, just what you’ve selected. De-cluttering brings calm and clarity, and you might think, hmm, now’s the time to travel perhaps, go out and see some different parts of the world. Now is your time without worrying about the garden needing watering whilst you’re away. 

 

  • You can bring your furry friend – Burghley Retirement welcomes well-behaved pets, just drop them a note to let them know before you move in. 

 

  • Retirement village homes are so safe, because the security is excellent. You can rest easy knowing that the House Manager is onsite all week, and that the only entry to the apartments is with a key fob. 

 

retirement community, or village, works so well on many levels for people who are getting older who have much left to discover, do and enjoy, and the best thing is that this new life can be exactly what you choose. 

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By Maggie Wilkinson 

 

That mood, when the day is blustery and bleak, and you’re feeling cold and cheated, wondering what on earth happened to Summer!

The weather can bring about a restlessness, a boredom, antipathy… but you want to make the most of your time in your luxury retirement village, so why not challenge the elements and get out in the fresh air. This can really clear the mind and bring fresh thoughts and lift your mood. 

Pick up your camera and go outside. Fresh air really helps – breathe deep! Somehow, the simple act of carrying the camera with the thought to find some natural beauty to delight your eyes is refreshing therapy in itself, a bit of a reboot. 

Sometimes we get mired in by a crowded mind and we forget to look around, forget to drink in the gorgeousness of our world. The heft of the camera reminds us to see through its lens, it focusses our vision and teaches us to be selective, notice the details of things. You will discover that visual joy is the one that speaks loudest…visual joy is straight into the vein. 

Colours can make the heart soar, and the wind, sun or rain enhance everything with their unique and layering gloss and light. So, it’s time to step out of your comfort zone, leave your senior living community, put on your coat and brave the weather, you may well be rewarded with some simple exhilaration gleaned from the outdoors. 

 

Here are some snaps to inspire you… 

 

Rhubarb and Custard Tulip 

 

 

This tulip is full of shimmy and movement, caught in a brief lull between the wind and the rain – isn’t she just delicious, clothed in rippling pink-and-cream silk? What an uprush of joy she gives, and the memory of snuggling the papery bulb into the cold brown earth last November…what a reward! 

 

Colour has very strong appeal, but don’t forget to look for  interesting patterns and textures. 

 

Spade 

 

 

This noble old spade carries a lifetime of memories in its rough, ashen grain, the patina of years, use and weather, give it a character all its own, and you can imagine who used it, the hands that held it, rough hands, smooth wood. 

 

Apple Blossom 

 

 

The last image is a tender froth of apple blossom. Spring colours are so new, so promising, and in this little tree, this image, lies the future delightful anticipation of a hot apple crumble, spiked with a drift of cinnamon! 

 

What will you do with your photographs? 

 

Photography is such a fantastic record of good times shared, occasions, and it can be brilliant for the day-to-day journaling of what you see and what you love, you can show your loved ones the beautiful nature you’ve seen during your time in your senior living community – you don’t have to even print them unless you want to…  

If you want to have a go, start by using the camera on your mobile, they produce really good images these days and you can even crop and edit there. And it’s so easy to share your images with friends, family and loved ones, through social media and email. 

If you get the bug and want to take it further, you might like to consider buying a camera, such as this one: – 

Canon EOS 200D – Cameras – Canon UK 

It’s really easy to use and you can automatically send the photos to your phone which makes sharing really straightforward. 

Whatever you do, enjoy the adventure! 

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By Rebecca Laithwaite

 

Finding the best places to enjoy the Halloween and Autumn season and go pumpkin picking with the family is sometimes difficult, especially if you’re new to the local area.

Here are some of the most enjoyable, family friendly pumpkin patches in the local Blackpool area to get you out into the beautiful countryside.

 

  1. Roby Mill Pumpkin patch

Is lovely for a family day out with a huge field filled with pumpkins and ‘spooky’ decorations! It’s also a working farm so a good trip for children to learn about farm equipment and see the animals.

The postcode is WN8 0QY

 

 

  1. Kenyon Hall Farm

An exciting day out with lots of photo opportunities, there’s also a little play park and café to make pumpkin picking a complete day out with the family!

Here’s the post code to visit! WA3 7ED

 

  1. Bradshaws Farm Shop

Make memories to last a lifetime, the Halloween decorations around the farm will truly excite the whole family and with the large muddy field full of pumpkins you cant help but get ‘stuck’ in!

Here’s the postcode to visit PR3 0LP.

 

 

Don’t forget to take your wellies and prepare yourself for a muddy, fun day!

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By Maggie Wilkinson. 

 

Retirement is a such a golden time, a time to reflect on not only what you want to do, but also, realising just how much you have to give. 

Grannies and Grandpas are the superheroes of this stressful world - the most wonderful asset a family can have, and now you have settled into your amazing retirement village, the grandchildren can come for days, mornings, maybe afternoons – on a regular basis, and you will be giving them the most precious gift there is. Your time.   

 

It’s very special for children with siblings to revel in one-to-one time with a grandparent, and now, you can offer that, and perhaps they can take turns. 

When an older person has a close relationship with a youngster, a marvellous exchange can take place; you get to see the world through their eyes, and they see it through yours! 

Both sides will love the talking, you’ll learn so much.  

 

Your stories and memories will make them smile, they won’t believe the way things were, back in the day, and how you got through somehow, and went on to have happy families. 

They would love to look through your photograph albums! And you will enjoy hearing them chatter about their friends and their schools, you will have a revolutionary insight into their world.  

 

You are an incredible gift for busy, young parents, who are probably juggling a house, jobs, pets and the children. 

You remember how that was… what a joy for them to know that they can bring the children over to you at your senior living home and know that their little one is going to be nurtured in a peaceful happy oasis with unique you.

And, the gift is returned in several ways.

They will help to keep you healthy – the germs young children come into contact with, playing, eating and touching, will actually give your immune system a boost, and help you to stay well.   

 

Research has also shown that spending time with grandchildren is truly rewarding, because it makes you happy, and that’s the best antidote to depression there is. 

The time you share will fill the odd gaps children experience these days, you can teach them the little life skills that schools no longer have time for, and things parents find hard to fit in.  

Little things are big things: Empower them!  

Depending on your grandchildren’s age, these can be great examples of bonding activities: 

 

  • Teaching them how to tie their shoe-laces 

 

  • Showing them how to lay the table (make a little posy to pretty it up) 

 

  • Cooking, baking, preparing a salad, hulling strawberries 

 

  • Button pictures, sew on a button, showing them how to thread buttons on string 

 

  • Drawing and painting, colouring – always a pleasure 

 

  • Stories, songs & poems  

 

  • Taking photographs 

 

  • Teaching a musical instrument 

 

Children naturally want to help, to be part of things, but at home there isn’t always time to indulge that, and parents often take for speed.

But you are time-rich and can enjoy showing them all sorts of things, at your leisure within your independent senior living. 

 

You don’t need to buy lots of expensive toys, they will be happy just to play. This is the importance of Grandparents! Lastly, don’t forget to laugh, and be daft, they really love that!

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There are many breathtaking beaches on the Cleveleys seafront that are perfect to spend the day at, either exploring or on a family day.

 

  1. Cleveleys beach

At Royles Lodge, this beach is right on your doorstep! A walk down to the beach front in Cleveleys and you will be at the beach front with many cafes in the area for you to easily spend the day there.

  1. Fleetwood beach

This sandy beach is dog friendly which is good news if you’re planning a day trip with your family and pets. This beach is a go to for families, water sport enthusiast and nature lovers to enjoy.

  1. Ainsdale beach

A blue flag awarded beach which also holds a quality coast award, which ensures clean water and plenty of facilities to make a beach day a happy and comfortable one.

  1. Bispham beach

Known locally as ‘The Cliffs’, Bispham has extensive man-made sea defences and views along the coast and out towards the Irish sea, this beach is a place to peacefully sit and watch as the scenery will change every day.

  1. Formby beach and Nature Reserve

Formby has miles of sandy beach and acres of woodland to explore and spend the day at. There is a lot to see and explore at Formby as well as a calming and peaceful beach.

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A New Beginning – and different ways to think about gardening!

It takes great courage and imagination to choose a completely new lifestyle for yourself, and our luxury retirement villages are the perfect place to make a change.

Sometimes adjusting to a new lifestyle can feel quite emotionally daunting, and if you’ve enjoyed a garden previously, you might be wondering how you’ll cope without one.

An Allotment:

When you stay with us at our luxury retirement villages, why not sign up for a local allotment? The advantages are brilliant. You’ll be able to get that wonderful feeling from growing and nurturing plants and being outside in the fresh air and sunshine, on a scale you can choose and manage.

  • A half plot – or share a plot with a friend. You’ll be able to share the work, your ideas, skills and resources, and when one of you is away, the other can keep it ticking over.
  • Community plots – many sites offer these, where you can just have a raised bed for yourself, on a plot with like-minded people. It’s amazing how much you can grow in a small place and you will enjoy meeting others on the same plot, swapping ideas, seeds, and probably sharing a pot of tea!
  • Allotment Committees love people like you! It may be that you can offer them a bit of much-needed help from time to time, that amazing gift of time which enables them to run annual events like plant sales, annual shows etc. It’s really good fun helping out, from making tea and sandwiches, sowing seeds, arranging the displays, to baking cakes and so on. There are so many jobs to do if you like helping out. And as a volunteer, you can choose what and when you can offer, making the best of your particular skills and preferences.

House plants:

You can bring your garden indoors! While you stay with us as part of our senior living communities why not make your room feel more like home with some fresh house plants. They require just a little bit of maintenance, and that splash of green is so uplifting and worthwhile! Here are some ideas: –

  • Spider plants – easy and graceful.
  • Mint – lush and fragrant and you can enjoy a glass of fresh mint tea!
  • Aloe Vera – dramatic and easy, enjoying light and a little water.
  • Succulents – love a nice warm sunny spot. They need very little water, and just a shallow container for three or four plants. The variety available is amazing, and your collection will surely grow.
  • Seasonal displays – you can change with the seasons in your apartment and grow beautiful spring bulbs, little potted roses, geraniums, so many plants are readily available that are happy to grow indoors. Think of that joyful splash of colour, the wonderful scents from things growing, and the pleasure in looking after them. No heavy tools needed, just some sharp fine snips, a long spouted light little watering can, and take your pick!
  • Flower arrangements – such a lovely way of introducing growing beauty and colour inside, and if you do it regularly you’ll enjoy a selection of different shaped vases and containers. Your tools will tidy away in a drawer, and you can do it when you feel like it. Bad weather no problem!

So, let’s get growing!

Author – Maggie Wilkinson

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A New Beginning – and different ways to think about gardening!

It takes great courage and imagination to choose a completely new lifestyle for yourself, and our luxury retirement villages are the perfect place to make a change.

Sometimes adjusting to a new lifestyle can feel quite emotionally daunting, and if you’ve enjoyed a garden previously, you might be wondering how you’ll cope without one.

An Allotment:

When you stay with us at our luxury retirement villages, why not sign up for a local allotment? The advantages are brilliant. You’ll be able to get that wonderful feeling from growing and nurturing plants and being outside in the fresh air and sunshine, on a scale you can choose and manage.

  • A half plot – or share a plot with a friend. You’ll be able to share the work, your ideas, skills and resources, and when one of you is away, the other can keep it ticking over.
  • Community plots – many sites offer these, where you can just have a raised bed for yourself, on a plot with like-minded people. It’s amazing how much you can grow in a small place and you will enjoy meeting others on the same plot, swapping ideas, seeds, and probably sharing a pot of tea!
  • Allotment Committees love people like you! It may be that you can offer them a bit of much-needed help from time to time, that amazing gift of time which enables them to run annual events like plant sales, annual shows etc. It’s really good fun helping out, from making tea and sandwiches, sowing seeds, arranging the displays, to baking cakes and so on. There are so many jobs to do if you like helping out. And as a volunteer, you can choose what and when you can offer, making the best of your particular skills and preferences.

House plants:

You can bring your garden indoors! While you stay with us as part of our senior living communities why not make your room feel more like home with some fresh house plants. They require just a little bit of maintenance, and that splash of green is so uplifting and worthwhile! Here are some ideas: –

  • Spider plants – easy and graceful.
  • Mint – lush and fragrant and you can enjoy a glass of fresh mint tea!
  • Aloe Vera – dramatic and easy, enjoying light and a little water.
  • Succulents – love a nice warm sunny spot. They need very little water, and just a shallow container for three or four plants. The variety available is amazing, and your collection will surely grow.
  • Seasonal displays – you can change with the seasons in your apartment and grow beautiful spring bulbs, little potted roses, geraniums, so many plants are readily available that are happy to grow indoors. Think of that joyful splash of colour, the wonderful scents from things growing, and the pleasure in looking after them. No heavy tools needed, just some sharp fine snips, a long spouted light little watering can, and take your pick!
  • Flower arrangements – such a lovely way of introducing growing beauty and colour inside, and if you do it regularly you’ll enjoy a selection of different shaped vases and containers. Your tools will tidy away in a drawer, and you can do it when you feel like it. Bad weather no problem!

So, let’s get growing!

Author – Maggie Wilkinson

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A New Beginning – and different ways to think about gardening!

It takes great courage and imagination to choose a completely new lifestyle for yourself, and our luxury retirement villages are the perfect place to make a change.

Sometimes adjusting to a new lifestyle can feel quite emotionally daunting, and if you’ve enjoyed a garden previously, you might be wondering how you’ll cope without one.

An Allotment:

When you stay with us at our luxury retirement villages, why not sign up for a local allotment? The advantages are brilliant. You’ll be able to get that wonderful feeling from growing and nurturing plants and being outside in the fresh air and sunshine, on a scale you can choose and manage.

  • A half plot – or share a plot with a friend. You’ll be able to share the work, your ideas, skills and resources, and when one of you is away, the other can keep it ticking over.
  • Community plots – many sites offer these, where you can just have a raised bed for yourself, on a plot with like-minded people. It’s amazing how much you can grow in a small place and you will enjoy meeting others on the same plot, swapping ideas, seeds, and probably sharing a pot of tea!
  • Allotment Committees love people like you! It may be that you can offer them a bit of much-needed help from time to time, that amazing gift of time which enables them to run annual events like plant sales, annual shows etc. It’s really good fun helping out, from making tea and sandwiches, sowing seeds, arranging the displays, to baking cakes and so on. There are so many jobs to do if you like helping out. And as a volunteer, you can choose what and when you can offer, making the best of your particular skills and preferences.

House plants:

You can bring your garden indoors! While you stay with us as part of our senior living communities why not make your room feel more like home with some fresh house plants. They require just a little bit of maintenance, and that splash of green is so uplifting and worthwhile! Here are some ideas: –

  • Spider plants – easy and graceful.
  • Mint – lush and fragrant and you can enjoy a glass of fresh mint tea!
  • Aloe Vera – dramatic and easy, enjoying light and a little water.
  • Succulents – love a nice warm sunny spot. They need very little water, and just a shallow container for three or four plants. The variety available is amazing, and your collection will surely grow.
  • Seasonal displays – you can change with the seasons in your apartment and grow beautiful spring bulbs, little potted roses, geraniums, so many plants are readily available that are happy to grow indoors. Think of that joyful splash of colour, the wonderful scents from things growing, and the pleasure in looking after them. No heavy tools needed, just some sharp fine snips, a long spouted light little watering can, and take your pick!
  • Flower arrangements – such a lovely way of introducing growing beauty and colour inside, and if you do it regularly you’ll enjoy a selection of different shaped vases and containers. Your tools will tidy away in a drawer, and you can do it when you feel like it. Bad weather no problem!

So, let’s get growing!

Author – Maggie Wilkinson

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A New Beginning – and different ways to think about gardening!

It takes great courage and imagination to choose a completely new lifestyle for yourself, and our luxury retirement villages are the perfect place to make a change.

Sometimes adjusting to a new lifestyle can feel quite emotionally daunting, and if you’ve enjoyed a garden previously, you might be wondering how you’ll cope without one.

An Allotment:

When you stay with us at our luxury retirement villages, why not sign up for a local allotment? The advantages are brilliant. You’ll be able to get that wonderful feeling from growing and nurturing plants and being outside in the fresh air and sunshine, on a scale you can choose and manage.

  • A half plot – or share a plot with a friend. You’ll be able to share the work, your ideas, skills and resources, and when one of you is away, the other can keep it ticking over.
  • Community plots – many sites offer these, where you can just have a raised bed for yourself, on a plot with like-minded people. It’s amazing how much you can grow in a small place and you will enjoy meeting others on the same plot, swapping ideas, seeds, and probably sharing a pot of tea!
  • Allotment Committees love people like you! It may be that you can offer them a bit of much-needed help from time to time, that amazing gift of time which enables them to run annual events like plant sales, annual shows etc. It’s really good fun helping out, from making tea and sandwiches, sowing seeds, arranging the displays, to baking cakes and so on. There are so many jobs to do if you like helping out. And as a volunteer, you can choose what and when you can offer, making the best of your particular skills and preferences.

House plants:

You can bring your garden indoors! While you stay with us as part of our senior living communities why not make your room feel more like home with some fresh house plants. They require just a little bit of maintenance, and that splash of green is so uplifting and worthwhile! Here are some ideas: –

  • Spider plants – easy and graceful.
  • Mint – lush and fragrant and you can enjoy a glass of fresh mint tea!
  • Aloe Vera – dramatic and easy, enjoying light and a little water.
  • Succulents – love a nice warm sunny spot. They need very little water, and just a shallow container for three or four plants. The variety available is amazing, and your collection will surely grow.
  • Seasonal displays – you can change with the seasons in your apartment and grow beautiful spring bulbs, little potted roses, geraniums, so many plants are readily available that are happy to grow indoors. Think of that joyful splash of colour, the wonderful scents from things growing, and the pleasure in looking after them. No heavy tools needed, just some sharp fine snips, a long spouted light little watering can, and take your pick!
  • Flower arrangements – such a lovely way of introducing growing beauty and colour inside, and if you do it regularly you’ll enjoy a selection of different shaped vases and containers. Your tools will tidy away in a drawer, and you can do it when you feel like it. Bad weather no problem!

So, let’s get growing!

Author – Maggie Wilkinson

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