Residents of the retirement village prepare for the exceptional Easter celebrations
Retirement villages generally do an excellent job of organizing special events.
But there have been no Easter treats in the past 24 months – and we’ve missed them dearly. But this year, they’re back with a bang.
At Richmond Villages Bede in Warwickshire, staff are hosting an Easter Fair and Egg Hunt on Saturday April 16, with daily clues given during the week.
Those who collect all the words will win a chocolate egg. A raffle, raffle, bake sale, refreshments, Easter egg dip, and stalls selling candles, makeup, body care products, gifts, cards, jewelry, and toys are also planned. .
Creative: Mickle Hill resident Eileen Smith prepares one of her Easter displays
“We can’t wait to be there,” says village manager Andrew Lower. “For the past two years we have been limited in what we can do due to the pandemic, but this year things are almost back to normal.
“We believe this Easter will be special and that we will be able to share each other’s company again and with renewed hope we look forward to many more social events.”
Bede’s one-bedroom village suites are available between £99,000 and £125,000. These are located in the main village complex and it is possible to include a lifestyle package, which covers cleaning, laundry, utility bills and meals from £320 per week.
Each apartment has a bathroom, a living room and a kitchenette. Two-bedroom bungalows (when they arrive) sell for from £140,000.
At the Mickle Hill retirement village of Rangeford in Pickering, North Yorkshire, there will be a decorating competition, with residents submitting Easter-themed pictures, hats and eggs.
Resident Sandy Frow, 78, plans to dig up her summer hat so she can decorate it for the Easter beanie contest. “We’re a social group of people here, all different, but we’re all frozen,” she says.
Egg-cellent idea: Residents of retirement villages will enjoy decorating contests, Easter egg hunts and craft sessions
“I like to get involved and have fun, so I’m looking forward to Easter, especially now that we’re free to socialize without any restrictions.”
Sandy, who was a teacher, has lived in her two-bedroom apartment since the village opened in 2016.
Her roommate Eileen Smith decorated several items for the contest, including a basket.
One and two bedroom apartments and bungalows cost from £165,950.
On Easter Sunday, the retirement village of Wadswick Green in Corsham, Wiltshire, will be holding an Easter egg competition for the whole family.
And an Easter bunny will deliver chocolate eggs to all residents. One bedroom apartments start at £219,950 and two bedroom apartments from £395,000.
The Inspired Villages are also hosting an Easter Egg Hunt, decorating competition, egg painting craft session as well as an Easter Sunday lunch at their Millbrook development in Exeter.
Throughout the Easter weekend, the village chefs will serve you hot rolls with different spicy flavors. There are no properties for sale here at the moment, but across all other Inspired Villages developments prices start at £268,000 for a one-bedroom apartment (inspiredvillages.co.uk).
At McCarthy Stone’s Turner Place retirement development in Thatcham, Berkshire, there will be an Easter quiz and raffle.
“We are fortunate to have such an active and thriving social community in Turner Place,” says Mary Arnold, 72. “Everyone is so friendly and since I moved in last September I’ve made some really great friends.”
One-bedroom apartments are available from £255,000 and two-bedroom apartments from £385,000.