Blagdon Village Diary

We have always said our residents are our best ambassadors. That’s why we’ve dedicated these pages to the residents of Blagdon Village to fill with news, views and events, in the hope it will give you a genuine insight in village living Retirement Villages’ style.

Lockdown Life at Blagdon Village

29th January 2021

In this edition of the resident blog we hear from Mike at Blagdon Village describing life during lockdown and how the staff have supported them during this time. “Here at Blagdon Village our entire social programme was suspended indefinitely in February but we…

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March to May at Blagdon Village

15th June 2020

Resident Mike Pettet gives us an update on all that’s been happening at Blagdon Retirement Village from March to May 2020 In common with all the villages, life here at Blagdon Village was carrying on as normal at the beginning of March. We…

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January and February village news from Blagdon

20th March 2020

January and February can often be regarded as ‘hibernation’ months when people stay indoors for most of the time in order to keep warm and dry, and perhaps to recover from the exertions and excesses of the Festive Season. That is, unless there…

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Christmas at Blagdon Village

9th January 2020

December 2019 proved to be one of the best Festive Seasons we have enjoyed at Bladon Village with four well attended events.  We had an afternoon of carols, our usual Christmas party, Christmas Day lunch and finally a New Year’s Eve party. A…

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October at Blagdon Village

21st November 2019

Our routine activities were in full swing again! We were entertained with a talk, we had a Saturday evening singalong, there was another of the now regular ‘Musical Memories’ afternoons, and there was a major change to the provision of food at the…

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A Summer Round Up at Blagdon Village

11th October 2019

A summer round up at Blagdon Village Since the end of May we have had four talks and three more afternoons of Musical Memories.  We also had our Summer Party, a Diamond Wedding celebration, the Last Night of the Proms and the Decade…

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Musical, culinary and visionary delights at Blagdon Village!

19th February 2019

Arts and Crafts Exhibition Residents at Blagdon have been getting arty! Keen enthusiasts had the opportunity to cast their eyes on an excellent arts and crafts exhibition.   This all began after a trio of residents decided to form a Photography Group. They introduced it to the village with an exhibition of…

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December at Blagdon Village

10th January 2019

December was all about the festive season for retirees at Blagdon village. The month consisted of a range of activities including carols, a Christmas Party, Christmas Day lunch, and a New Year’s Eve event. Online Services Talk The Practice Manager of the local…

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The busiest month ever at Blagdon Village this November!

12th December 2018

November was the busiest month we’ve ever had at Blagdon Village.  We had a talk, Musical Memories, the Armistice Day ceremonial flag lowering, a piano recital, a Residents Meeting, a coach outing, Christmas pudding stirring, a Jewellery Show and the Boules group lunch. …

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From horse racing to halloween at Blagdon Village

14th November 2018

October proved to be relatively busy with two talks, another afternoon of Fun Games, the annual Decade Busters Party – and Halloween.  These events were in addition to the regular activities which are in full swing again with residents now back from their…

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A wonderful social September at Blagdon

9th October 2018

The routine activities that had taken a break during August started up again so the Social programme became busy again. In addition, there was a talk, a rerun of the Last night of the Proms, a coach outing and a memorable occasion for…

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National Poetry Day at Blagdon Village

3rd October 2018

Celebrating National Poetry Day on the 4th October, Blagdon resident and poet, Annette Sinclair shares with us her passion for poetry, what inspired her to start writing and a poem or, as she describes it, ‘ a collection of thoughts’, that she wrote…

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August at Blagdon Village

5th September 2018

August was a quiet month on the whole.  A number of residents were away for part of the time, including some of the organisers of our regular activities, and the hot weather also continued, making it a bit too warm for comfort.  Consequently, several of…

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July at Blagdon Village

17th August 2018

Well, what a month it was for the weather. We haven’t seen it so hot for so long, even more so than in 1976. It had an effect on our social activities too, with the cancellation of the monthly film and of the…

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Star Awards for hard work at Blagdon Village

25th July 2018

This month has seen dedicated Health Care Assistant Donna Heyns and Maintenance Manager Graham Durman presented with the monthly Retirement Village Star Award. This award is given to members of staff who demonstrate excellent working practices and make an outstanding contribution to the…

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It was a busy May at Blagdon Village

14th June 2018

May proved to be busy month on the social scene. It started off with a demonstration of a new exercise regime known as Ageing Well, followed by a coach outing to Sidmouth. The first highlight was the Anglo-French boules match during the annual…

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Blagdon Village residents enjoy a flutter on the Grand National

22nd May 2018

Following on from our Social Open Day last month, preparations began for the introduction of new events and activities. The highlights of our other social activities during April were the Residents Association AGM, the Grand National Sweepstake and a talk by our resident…

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Spring celebrations at Blagdon Village

17th April 2018

In addition to two talks in March we held a Social Open Day designed to encourage residents to come up with ideas for new events and activities, and to try to stimulate more interest in existing ones. The month was rounded off with…

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February at Blagdon Village

3rd March 2018

After a fairly quiet January following the festive season, Blagdon Village started to get back into its normal rhythm in February.  We had a talk, another of resident John Kinahan’s Musical Memories, and a return visit from local choir, The New Horizon Singers. …

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A happy New Year from Blagdon Retirement Village

30th January 2018

January was a quiet month as we all drew breath after the festive season and settled in to our normal routine of our regular activities.  But we were entertained by a fascinating talk. 50 Years of Pharmacy.  David Janes, a retiree from Boots…

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Busy times for Blagdon Retirement Village in Taunton, Somerset

17th January 2018

The festive season may now be over but it has left us with some happy memories.  We have enjoyed a Christmas party, carol singing, Christmas lunch, and a New year’s Eve celebration –  a busy month at Blagdon Village! Christmas Party Oh what a night it was!  Last summer…

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Christmas is on the horizon

14th December 2017

Christmas is on the horizon and our social programme became busier during November.  We had our Armistice Day sunset ceremony, another performance by our Play Reading Group, the usual pre-Christmas jewellery Show, and a talk by a resident.    Sunset.  Many of our residents attend…

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New social committee and gardens support group

14th November 2017

During October, there was one event over and above our routine activities, a talk, but behind the scenes, much more was happening! We now have a Social Committee and a Gardens Support Group. Talk.  Resident Mike Pettet showed a video to an appreciative…

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September at Blagdon Village

5th October 2017

The highlight of the month was undoubtedly the annual Decade Busters party but we also had a talk on historic social housing.  The Boules season came to an end for the winter and we are on the hunt for some more coach trip…

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August at Blagdon Village

13th September 2017

Despite it being the holiday season, we have still had a lively and interesting month.  The highlight has to be a party thrown for all of Blagdon’s residents by Norman Crane to celebrate his birthday.  We also had two very interesting talks. MRI…

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A Sunny July at Blagdon Village

8th August 2017

Fortunately the weather in July was excellent and so our major event of the month, a putting competition, went ahead as planned. Putting Competition Resident Hugh Edmondson very generously offered to sponsor a putting competition between residents, purchasing a small cup to be…

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We’re Ten!

12th July 2017

Yes, this year is the tenth anniversary of the opening of Blagdon Village! On the 14th March, the first resident Thelma Hobbs moved in and was shortly followed by Valerie Williams on the 17th April 2007.The Clubhouse facilities were formally opened on 23rd…

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Summer Arrives at Blagdon Village

19th June 2017

During May we had four one-off events on the social calendar in addition to the regular events – another jewellery show, a coach outing, an interesting talk by a resident, and a talk come coffee morning from RV Care.   Jewellery Show: We are…

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What happened at Blagdon Village last month?

11th May 2017

We’re well into spring and life in the village is warming up. Last month we had three notable one-off events – the usual Grand National Sweepstake, the AGM, and a revived event – Easter Bonnets. Grand National Sweepstake: The Grand National Sweepstake is a…

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Spring sets in at Blagdon Village

18th April 2017

All the regular activities are now in full swing, winter is long gone and spring is well established.  During the month we had a talk on winemaking, our themed evening in the restaurant had an Irish flavour and we had a talk by…

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Blagdon residents welcome new exercise practitioner

30th March 2017

Our residents are staying fit and active in later life thanks to visits from their very own fully qualified exercise practitioner and manual therapist. Richard Bradshaw, who is based in Taunton, has worked with sports stars such as the New Zealand ‘All Blacks’…

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Activities back in full swing at Blagdon

20th March 2017

All our regular activities are back in full swing and we also had two enjoyable musical events. But the highlight of the month has to be the achievement of a very significant wedding anniversary… A Platinum Anniversary:  Jean and Jervis Gee reached their Platinum…

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Blagdon residents enjoy a ‘Winter Warmer’

9th February 2017

Following the busy social programme of the festive season all the regular activities continued as usual and we had an extra event to enjoy, a Themed Supper.  The theme was “A Winter Warmer” which was Yorkshire pudding filled with sausages, mash, and onion…

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A busy month at Blagdon Village

16th November 2016

Autumn has brought some superb colours to the tree foliage, although we’re not the only part of the country to experience this of course. During October we had two talks by outside speakers, another afternoon of musical memories, a 95th birthday celebration, a…

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September at Blagdon Village

17th October 2016

In September there were three one-off events at Blagdon Village. These were the annual Decade Busters Party at the beginning of the month, a coach outing, and a themed supper in the restaurant near the end. The Decade Busters Party: This annual event…

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A Very Quiet Month

31st August 2016

August was very quiet indeed with many residents being away on various forms of holiday. A few of the regular activities were suspended for the period but we did have a themed evening in the restaurant. This was a well attended “Blagdon’s Glorious…

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The latest from Blagdon Village

11th August 2016

Where would we be without the summer holidays?  We’ve had some superb weather to enjoy and there were two events of note over and above the routine activities, another themed night in the restaurant and a talk. Themed night The theme this time…

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June at Blagdon Village

14th July 2016

What a momentous month June was for the country, and for us here at Blagdon Village.  We celebrated the Queen’s official birthday and we voted in the referendum.  Before those events there was a coach trip and two speakers on the EU. Coach…

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May at Blagdon Village

21st June 2016

May was not as busy as April because of the two Bank Holidays. Nonetheless we did have few one-off events on top of the regular ones Anglo-French Boules Match.  The Boules match is now an integral part of the annual twinning visit between…

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Busy Blagdon

16th May 2016

April was a busy month with two talks by public figures, another performance with a difference by our play reading group, the Grand National Sweepstake, and our Residents Association AGM. All of this took place on top of the regular activities. Sue Mounstevens…

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Blagdon Village in full Spring bloom

13th April 2016

It may have seen the first day of spring but March did not bring a great awakening in the village, apart from in the grounds where the daffodils and hyacinths were in their impressive full bloom and our superb maintenance workers were busy with grass…

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‘Bugle’ reaches centenary milestone

11th March 2016

The Blagdon Bugle – the residents’ regular village journal – has just celebrated its 100th edition.  The first was published in December 2007 soon after the first residents moved into the village and was edited by Janet Standen. Janet handed over to Dudley…

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February at Blagdon

9th March 2016

A Quiet Month.  As it was Valentine’s Day John Kinahan gave us another session of music, romantic of course. Regrettably, this was probably his last because failing eyesight prevents him from reading playlists on his extensive collection of CDs and making suitable selections. We…

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January at Blagdon

17th February 2016

A Quieter Month. After the relatively busy festive season, January settled down to a quieter routine but was brought to an end with a flourish. As Burns Night was on the 25th, the normal Quiz Night on the last Friday of the month,…

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The Festive Season at Blagdon Village

26th January 2016

As is to be expected there were a number of extra events during the Festive Season: Christmas Party. A hilarious party was organised by Rae Donaldson and Pat Gooding. It started with canapés in the bar before we all sat down in our…

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November at Blagdon Village

18th December 2015

The Festive Season Approaches. During November our thoughts were turning towards the festive season. Our play Reading Group got us into the festive spirit with another of their hilarious productions, this time with the title “Blagdon’s Bungled Christmas”. This was judged to be the…

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Harvest Supper at Blagdon

25th October 2015

Routine activities are beginning to come to life again so our social calendar is looking a bit better. There was only one additional function, a Harvest Supper. This was another one in the popular monthly series of themed evenings in our restaurant. As…

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October at Blagdon Village

22nd October 2015

Getting Busier. All of our routine activities are now in full swing but there was plenty of time for some extra events – a Ploughman’s lunch, a Mad Hatters supper, a session of Autumn music, and a Hallowe’en quiz. Tea and Chat. Ploughman’s Lunch. Since…

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The annual Decade Buster’s Party

24th September 2015

August was generally fairly quiet.  Some of the routine activities were suspended, because a number of residents were taking their summer breaks. We did, however, enjoy a regular annual event, the Decade Buster’s Party. This year six residents, who had reached the milestone of…

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A peaceful month and an international boules game

19th August 2015

We were beginning to think that summer had deserted us. Dull days with a fresh breeze meant little outside activity. On top of that, some of our routine activities were suspended for a few weeks, while people take their holidays. But it was…

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Blagdon Village enjoyed a twinning visit to Normandy.

24th June 2015

The town of Taunton is twinned with Lisieux in Normandy and our boules team were asked to join with the official Civic party on a four day visit, in particular to play against the locals and also to join in the general festivities!…

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April Activities

30th April 2015

“April was relatively quiet, perhaps because we were all caught unawares by the unusually warm weather.  Most of the routine activities took place as usual but there was one annual highlight – the Grand National sweepstake.  In a well-established procedure the race was…

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Village life at its best!

17th April 2015

nnMarch saw a flurry of activity in the village, as residents took advantage of the warmer weather, lighter evenings and busy social programme. The weekly boules sessions have restarted and the team are in training for a match against a French team that…

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Spring has arrived

10th March 2015

nThe Snowdrops have come and gone but fortunately our flowerbeds are getting brighter with daffodils and hyacinths appearing.  Temperatures are noticeably rising and the sun has been shining brightly on and off, perhaps too brightly at times for ageing eyes.  The big question…

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A peaceful month for village life

5th February 2015

As expected, January was a quiet month in Blagdon Village.  Recovering from the festive season and the onset of colder weather combined to keep residents in their own homes, but routine activities were able to continue as normal.  We had one additional event,…

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Christmas and New Year Celebrations at Blagdon Village

5th January 2015

“The Blagdon Festive season” December saw a number of festive events including carols, our Christmas Party, Christmas Day Lunch, and New Year’s Eve event. In addition, this year there was a revival of “Songs of Praise”. Christmas Carols. Our Singalong Group no longer…

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November Activities

16th December 2014

A Lull Between Storms. After the excitement of the wedding November was much quieter.  The only one-off item was the periodic Jewellery Show when a local craftswoman shows off the results of her labours, many of which were bought by residents either for themselves…

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October Activities at Blagdon Village

18th November 2014

The Wedding. Undoubtedly THE event of the month, if not the year, was the wedding of June and Geoffrey on the 25th October. A good number of their fellow residents at the church to wish them well and fortunately the weather was reasonable. All…

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September Activities at Blagdon Village

21st October 2014

After the relatively inactive summer months it was good to see the social scene coming to life again in September. All but one of our regular activities resumed but, in addition, we had some interesting and entertaining one-off events. Visit by Nigel Welby,…

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August Activities at Blagdon Village

16th September 2014

August was fairly quiet because several residents were away on holiday or visiting relatives and some of our routine activities remained suspended. Even so, the favourites the First Monday Talk, Whist and Quiz Night, kept going with reduced attendance. There was however two…

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Summer fun at Blagdon

19th August 2014

In general July was a relatively quiet month with some of the routine activities suspended due to a number of residents being away. However, the month was not without activity altogether. There is always something happening at Blagdon. Roulette. There was a new innovation…

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A mellow June

1st July 2014

Many residents have been away enjoying a range of summer holidays, leaving numbers a bit thin on the ground to maintain some of the village’s regular activities throughout June.  While some of the clubs and groups have suspended operations temporarily, a number of…

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Boules, jewellery and a visit from the MP!

18th June 2014

We enjoyed three extra events during May. The first was another talk in the political series organised by our Current Affairs Group. This was given by our local MP, Jeremy Browne, to a very good turnout of residents.   The second event was…

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A very busy April

8th May 2014

We know how to enjoy ourselves here at Blagdon Village.  As well as a good selection of routine events we also have one-offs.  April was no exception. A Grand Grand National!   As is customary we held a sweepstake for the Grand National.  The…

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Spring has sprung

3rd April 2014

At last it seems that Spring is finally here.  All around us the daffodils are out, with the trees also in blossom and showing their new leaf growth. Our maintenance staff are busy keeping our grounds smart, as always, and the warmer weather…

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Back to the forties and fifties for February

24th March 2014

February was a quiet month as far as activities are concerned.  There was only one extra event, an afternoon of romantic dance music from the 40s and 50s, presented once again by John Kinahan from his CD collection.  The date?  What else but…

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Blagdon Burns’ Night

29th January 2014

After all the activities during December the village settled down to enjoy the routine activities, until a surprise event was organised by Rae Donaldson and her team.  Rae is from Scotland so what else could it be in January but Burns’ Night, on…

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A corker of a Christmas

2nd January 2014

This month’s entry is a bumper one as appropriately, the festive season was full of festivities for residents at Blagdon Village. First up was our Christmas Party on the 7th, ably organised and executed by Rae Donaldson and Pat Gooding. The restaurant had…

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