It was a busy May at Blagdon Village

Diary posted

14th June 2018

Blagdon Retirement Village In Somerset

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 twinning visit, followed a week later by THE event, the Royal Wedding. ‘Ladies Who Lunch’ started again after an absence of several months and a new Walking Group was formed. In between all of these happenings we were given a talk.

Ageing Well

When we held our Social Open Day in April, one of the most requested new activities was Tai Chi. Unfortunately, no instructors for this exercise regime were available in the local area but there was an alternative known as Ageing Well available through Age UK. A demonstration session was arranged under the tuition of a very skilled instructor, Corinne. Some 40 residents took part and agreed to continue each week, starting in June. It is a very worthwhile £4 an hour activity.

Coach Outing

A fantastic team of residents organise these popular events and the first of the year, enjoyed in glorious weather, was to Sidmouth.

Anglo-French Boules Match

Taunton is twinned with Lisieux in Normandy and it has become the custom that during the bi-annual visit by the French, a match is arranged between them and a team of our ‘Boulistes”. The result this time was an honourable 4-4 draw.


Resident Judy Skerman gave a very interesting illustrated talk about her childhood in Kenya, which shed light on the turbulent history of this region before independence.

Ladies Who Lunch

A new organiser has taken over responsibility for this monthly event.

Our excellent new chef provided a superb meal and between courses one of the attendees gave a brief talk as an added attraction.

Walking Group

Another request arising from of our Social Open day was for conducted short walks. We are fortunate in that one of our residents, appropriately named Ken Walker, already organises a local walking group so he was willing to arrange something less strenuous as a monthly activity. The first was to a nearby village two miles away, stopping for a restorative cup of tea before the return.