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9 Tips for a Low Maintenance Garden in Retirement

From the plants you choose to tools and technology, there are plenty of simple ways to create a low-maintenance garden in retirement. Here Andy Gore, a gardener at Westbury Fields retirement village in Bristol, shares his top tips.

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Exercising as an Older Adult - with Lee Scott

Retirement community gym manager Lee Scott shares a beginner's guide to exercising as an older adult. Lee helps us navigate the growing number of age-friendly exercise types available on our doorsteps to find the best one for you.

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Things to do in Keynsham: A handy community guide

There’s certainly no shortage of things to do in Keynsham, the historic market town between Bristol and Bath. 18 months on from opening The Chocolate Quarter, our retirement village come community space, here are our favourites so far.

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5 Helpful Tips when Planning a Retirement Move

From downsizing and decluttering to locations and looking to the future, moving home in retirement can sometimes feel quite overwhelming. As our residents have all been through the process we asked them for their top tips when planning a retirement move. Here's what they had to say...

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A Teacher Never Fully Retires - Esme's Story

"I'm a very crafty person. I'm not very clever, but I'm clever with my hands", retired home economics teacher Esme says as the afternoon sun fills the front room of her home. We pay her a visit to chat about her busy life at Westbury Fields retirement village and leave having learned a lesson or two of our own.

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The Road to Outstanding Podcast - with David Williams

Chief Executive at St Monica Trust, David Williams, shares his story, lessons on intergenerational activities and the journey behind our involvement with Channel 4 programme "Old People's Home for 4 Year Olds" in this episode of The Road to Outstanding podcast.

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Breaking Through The Glass Wall: Douglas's Story

“Some people think there’s a kind of glass wall around this place, like they need to stay away because it’s full of ‘old people’.” Douglas, a resident at Sandford Station retirement village in North Somerset, tells us how a railway heritage centre at the heart of the village is helping break down barriers and is welcoming in the wider community.

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Changing Somebody's Day - with Domenica Hall

Domenica does something truly extraordinary. Through a programme of film clubs and food events, computer classes and crafts, she brings the older people at Westbury Fields retirement village together in community, reduces loneliness and changes somebody’s day for the better. She shares the what and why of her role as Community Engagement Coordinator.

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Meeting for Coffee: Jeffery and Anne's Story

Jeffery was lonely. With few local connections and feeling detached from his community, he wanted some help to build his confidence. Anne, a volunteer for our ACE Neighbours project, was just the person for the job. Here's how six months together benefited both of their lives.

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Sharing the Same Space - with Jo Bird

“The minute I let my hair go grey I became invisible”, Jo’s friend told her. As Community Engagement Coordinator at The Chocolate Quarter, she shares how the retirement village is challenging preconceptions of ageing and bringing people closer together.

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Cricket in the Community: Keith's Story

As we enter the cricket season we speak to Keith and Christine, residents at our Westbury Fields retirement village, about a lifelong passion for the sport and how they found a community within a community with Bishopston Cricket Club, whose main grounds sit at the centre of the village.

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Ace Neighbours: Roger and Jos's story

After his wife passed away Roger found it difficult to get involved in life outside his home. That's when he met Jos, a volunteer for the ACE Neighbours project, and formed a special bond that would change both of their lives.

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Inside the Dementia Day Service: Dave and Diane's Story

At first Dave was anxious about visiting the dementia day service. Then everything changed. From their home in North Bristol, local couple Dave and Diane share their experiences at the Westbury Fields Dementia Day Service, how it’s helped them find new friendships and rediscover their independence.

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Acts of Kindness: Jill's Story

Ahead of Random Acts of Kindness Day we caught up with Jill Cownie, a resident at our Westbury Fields retirement village, for a chat about her story and the extra care she takes to welcome new members of the community.

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A Year at The Chocolate Quarter: Michael and Carole's Story

A little over a year since The Chocolate Quarter opened its doors, we caught up with the very first residents to reserve an apartment in the now award-winning retirement community. Together they share highlights from their first year, their reasons for choosing TCQ and some helpful tips on downsizing.

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Welcome to the Art and Pottery Studio - with Joe Tymkow

Open to residents and the public alike, The Chocolate Quarter Art and Pottery Studio is one of the things that makes the Keynsham retirement village quite unique. Here, Artist in Residence Joe Tymkow shares some of his story and how he's using it to inspire creativity in people of all ages.

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MUD, glorious MUD!

Trust's Learning and Development team takes gold for its MUD training programme at the Training Journal Awards.

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The Power of a Shed - with Sam Pycroft

It’s the small things that make a house a home. Retirement Community Manager Sam Pycroft explains how the addition of a new garden shed has brought the Sandford Station community together and spurred on some unexpected creative projects.

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The Unknown Gardens of Bristol - with Kirsty Frampton

As autumn rolls on many of us have been venturing outdoors to explore the best gardens the South West has to offer. We spoke to St Monica Trust Gardens Lead Kirsty Frampton about the little known gardens on site at each of the Trust’s 5 retirement communities, in Bristol and North Somerset, and the huge difference they make to residents.

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My Allotment and Me: Val's Story

We spoke with Val Stokes, resident at our Sandford Station retirement village, about her raised allotment beds, the benefits of an active lifestyle at 95 and top tips for first-time gardeners.

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An internationally renowned artist is holding an exhibition of his work at The Chocolate Quarter thanks to the support of Charterhouse's care team and volunteers.

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Trust sponsors Mini Cheddars

Cheddar Valley Rugby Club Mini and Junior Players celebrated their annual, end of season Festival of Rugby wearing a brand new kit sponsored by the St Monica Trust.

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Here comes the sun

A new dawn will rise at The Chocolate Quarter with a unique art installation marking its grand opening.

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Friends reunited!

Watch the Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds Christmas Special on Channel 4, Monday 18 December at 9.00pm!

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High five!

Trust’s care services scoop five awards at Care and Support West ceremony.

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Trust’s chefs serve medieval menu

Take two St Monica Trust’s chefs, a specialist in historical dining, add a recipe that is over six hundred years old and serve together for a fundraising lunch in support of a good cause.

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You’ve been framed

Physiotherapists at the Trust’s Cote Lane retirement community have donated a van load of unwanted walking frames to a local charity that helps amputees in Africa.

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United we care

Following the announcement that the United Kingdom will leave the EU, we would like to give reassurance that everyone is valued at St Monica Trust.

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