Cedars Village Diary

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

Annual Art Exhibition at Cedars Village, Chorleywood

4th November 2019

Cedars Village recently held their Annual Art Exhibition in the beautiful Ballroom. Work was displayed by the residents who take part in the Art Group on Monday mornings. They not only exhibit their stunning artwork but also cards and framed pictures. It’s a…

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Cedars Resident celebrates 100th birthday!

20th September 2019

It’s not everyday you get a birthday card from the Queen – only when you reach 100 years! Delighted recipient, Blanche Redwood, celebrated her 100th birthday at Cedars Village in Chorelywood,joined by family and fellow residents.   There was a beautiful birthday cake, balloons and lots of cards from…

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A weekend in the life of a Cedars’ Village resident

2nd September 2019

If you thought that a retirement village wasn’t a place where you could soak up an active social life, then your opinion is about to completely change. Here’s what happened at Cedars Village during the August bank holiday… Croquet competition and the champions…

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Summer fun at Cedars Retirement Village!

16th August 2019

The community atmosphere coupled with a vibrant social calendar, makes Cedars Village an enviable place to be in the summer. Garden Party Cedars staff and residents recently enjoyed a summer garden party. Attendees enjoyed a glorious spread of food and drinks in between…

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Cedars Village sings for Christmas

19th December 2018

Christmas spirit has not fallen short at Cedars Village and it continued to rise at their Christmas Concert on 14th December.  The Hertfordshire retirement village hosted a full event that not only consisted of songs but also jokes and acting out Christmas plays.  It…

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A Spooktacular Evening at Cedars Village

7th November 2018

Getting into the spirit of all things spooky, residents at Cedars Village dressed in masks and witches hats, enjoyed a Halloween supper on the 31st October. The dining room was decorated with some wonderfully frightening pumpkins lit to create an eerie ambiance and…

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Learning to Line Dance at Cedars Village, Chorleywood

11th October 2018

Residents of Cedars Village in Chorleywood have very recently taken up a new activity. Line dancing was introduced by Peter Jewell who moved in to the village about eighteen months ago. There was hardly any space in the weekly programme of activities, which…

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Cedars residents are delighted with re-instated bus service

27th September 2018

Residents at Cedars Village have welcomed the re-instatement of their greatly valued bus service. The 103 bus service had been removed from the timetable by operator Carousel at the start of the year, due to revamp work being carried out at Watford High…

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Summer croquet competition at Cedars Village, Chorleywood

29th August 2018

August Bank Holiday Monday was a wonderful fun packed day for the residents at Cedars Village. The events started with a delicious barbecue cooked up by the village chef and residents enjoyed a classic feast of sausages, burgers, buns and a selection of…

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An afternoon of delights at Cedars Village

17th August 2018

Around 40 residents at Cedars Village got together to celebrate the best in British afternoon tea delights, celebrating National Afternoon Tea Week. A delicious spread was laid out in the beautiful Victorian conservatory including cakes, sandwiches, and scones along with numerous tea varieties….

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A Spring Bank Holiday Garden Fete at Cedars

11th June 2018

Cedars residents enjoyed a Garden Fete over the May bank holiday weekend. The residents invited friends and family to the fete which compromised a cake stall, tombola, outdoor games and of course a buffet!  The weather was glorious and the wild west challenge…

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A special May Day celebration for Cedars Village

23rd May 2018

Residents from Cedars Village in Chorleywood, Hertfordshire organised a May Day party on Monday May 7th and it was a fantastic success!  The event was originally going to be held in the ballroom but it turned out to be a gloriously sunny day…

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A new ‘Retreat’ area for Cedars Village

23rd April 2018

On Friday 13th April, ‘The Retreat’ was officially opened at Cedars Village. This former unused corner of the village has been transformed over the Winter by the dedicated grounds team who have paved the area, added raised flower beds and laid woodchip down,…

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A St David’s Day dinner at Cedars

5th March 2018

On Thursday 22nd February, the residents of Cedars Village held a St David’s Day Supper and it proved to be a very popular event, with over 50 residents in attendance. The restaurant kicked off the event by serving a potent Welsh punch and…

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An evening of Scottish fare and festivity

1st February 2018

Cedars Village played host to a spectacular ŒBurns Night Supper this January. Residents enjoyed a three-course meal, with popular dishes on the menu including traditional haggis served with neeps and tatties and cock-a-leekie soup! There were some special guest appearances too from Pipe Major and Drummer!…

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Cedars hosts Christmas Concert in aid of local charity

17th January 2018

Cedars Village opened its doors on the evening of Friday 15th December, in a bid to raise money for local charity – The Watford Peace Hospice. Residents and staff pulled out all the stops to ensure everyone has a thoroughly enjoyable evening. There…

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Cedars rings in the New Year in style!

1st January 2018

Cedars Village is renowned for its excellent New Year Eve celebrations and this year didn’t fail to disappoint. 57 residents enjoyed a wonderful dinner, followed by games in the grand ballroom afterwards. And naturally, lots of dancing to see the bells in! A…

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Festive cheer at Cedars Village

14th December 2017

The Christmas decorations are up and the residents and staff at Cedars Village are set for a festive December – with mince pies and mulled wine at the ready! The grand Christmas tree has been erected in the wonderful Grade II listed clubhouse,…

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A spooky October at Cedars Village

4th November 2017

Halloween Night at Cedars Village was a ‘spooky night’!  Residents and staff dressed up in what has become a popular annual event.  The restaurant was decked out in traditional Halloween fashion and the menu, provided by our fantastic catering team, was equally as…

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A busy September for Cedars Village

6th October 2017

Farewell to John Worthy On Wednesday 27th September at 12.00, residents, staff, ex employees and contractors gathered in the ballroom to say Farewell to John Worthy. John had worked for Cedars Village for 13 years as Head of Maintenance and lived on site….

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‘Wild West’ evening entertains residents at Cedars Village

1st August 2017

We recently held a ‘Wild West’ themed evening and decorated our ballroom with cowhide balloons, hay bales and a scarecrow. Residents enjoyed a great atmosphere along with a special menu prepared by our very own chef. This comprised ribs, ‘Tex Mex’ bean chilli…

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Magic show raises nearly £300 for Macmillan Cancer Support

4th July 2017

On Tuesday 16 May Richard Pinner, magician extraordinaire and vice president of the Magic Circle, performed for residents and their families at Cedars in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, raising more than £300. Richard’s mother is resident June Gladwell. Her late husband Peter,…

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Bank Holiday fete at Cedars Village

9th June 2017

A grey day with light rain did not deter 80 residents from joining in with our Bank Holiday fete, held at the village on Monday 29 May. There was tombola with an array of high quality prizes donated by residents and staff, gazebos…

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Residents at Cedars celebrate May Day

11th May 2017

At the beginning of this month residents at Cedars Village celebrated May Day with an indoor party. This featured Morris dancing, country singing from our choir and a wide range of refreshments including tea and home made scones.  The turnout was exceptional and everybody…

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Easter Monday at Cedars Village

25th April 2017

Residents at Cedars Village got into the swing of things on Easter Monday. They enjoyed a lovely meal in the restaurant followed by an Easter bonnet parade and a game of bingo. Peggy Crockett, our newest resident, was kind enough to judge the…

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Cedars Village Residents Celebrate St. David’s Day

9th March 2017

To celebrate St. David’s Day, our residents came together in the village ballroom to enjoy a meal of leek and smoked salmon soup, faggots and mashed potato, and lamb stew or chicken hot pot. Afterwards everyone sang songs, with one resident even performing…

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Film night at Cedars: ‘The Intern’

21st February 2017

Every month at Cedars Village a group of residents come together for a film night in the ballroom. This month they decided to watch ‘The Intern’, starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway. If you’re already retired starting a new job can be…

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Happy New Year from all at Cedars Village

10th January 2017

Cedars Village kicked 2017 off in style with a fantastic variety party on New Year’s Eve. It featured performances from the community’s very own choir, stand-up comedy from resident Ron Kerry, a quiz, a barn dance, silly games and readings. The wine flowed…

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Generous Cedars residents raise more than £250 for hospice

20th December 2016

On 16 December 2016 we hosted a special Christmas performance to raise over £250 for the nearby Michael Sobell Hospice in Northwood, Middlesex. Organised, staged and attended by Cedars residents, plus their friends and family not to mention some of our staff, the…

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Get to know Cedars’ Village Manager Colin Foulger

12th December 2016

Cedars’ Village Manager Colin Foulger has been with us for many years and is part of the furniture within the community. The residents know him well and appreciate his ‘open door’ policy, which means they can meet with him at any time. We…

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All change at Cedars Restaurant

16th November 2016

The franchise for food at Cedars Village has been taken over by Rhonda Oakley of the highly renowned Rose and Crown pub in Chorleywood and her catering team. Our restaurant has recently had an overhaul as you can see in the photos. The…

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Cedars Village raises £1,100 for MacMillan Cancer Support

25th October 2016

We raised a tremendous £1,100 for MacMillan Cancer Support through our annual Macmillan Coffee Morning, held here at Cedars Village on 30 September. Residents, their family and friends plus our staff enjoyed buying homemade jams, marmalades and cakes. We also ran some bric-a-brac…

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Cedars’ choir entertains at Silver Sunday tea party

19th October 2016

In October older people living in the Amersham area enjoyed a lovely Silver Sunday tea party at the local community centre. Eighteen members of Cedars Village’s talented choir took part, singing songs to a delighted audience. The event was organised by local councillor…

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Cedars residents participate in community scarecrow trail

11th October 2016

Chorleywood recently had its first scarecrow trail. This is where members of a community and local businesses make scarecrows and display them around a town with clues. People follow the scarecrow trail and solve riddles using the clues. At the end they vote…

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Singing performance at Cedars Village

30th June 2016

A very special event was held at Cedars Village on Friday, 24th June. A group of village singers performed in front of about 60 residents in the ballroom. The performance was part of the ‘bistro style’ event at the village. Everyone involved had…

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Queen’s Birthday Celebrations at Cedars Village

22nd June 2016

Residents at Cedars Village took part in celebratory tea party recently where they got to enjoy delicious cakes as well as the brand new projection system – a gift from Retirement Villages. The new system had been presented to the village by Nigel…

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Magical evening at Cedars Village

26th May 2016

Richard Pinner Magic Circle Magician of the Year 2014 and Vice President of the Magic Circle (pictured right) returned to Cedars Village, to perform for residents in memory of his late father. He amazed residents with many tricks, some of which required audience…

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May Day Celebrations at Cedars Village

4th May 2016

Over 100 residents at Cedars Village celebrated the May Day recently.   Making the best of the sunny weather, residents took part in range of activities throughout the day – dancing around the Maypole and a scooter competition just to name a few….

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Wedding Celebrations at Cedars Village

17th February 2016

Cedars Village celebrated a very special wedding recently when two of the residents held a wedding reception at the village. Mr. Kilmister and Mrs. Woodworth-Batho (pictured right) are both residents at the village and after a ceremony in Bushey followed by a honeymoon…

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The Little Fox Indoor Market at Cedars

11th December 2015

The Little Fox Indoor Market visited Cedars Village recently. They held a boutique market in the ballroom from 10-12pm. Items on sale were Christmas wreaths, baskets and decorations, homeware, gifts and accessories such as handmade wooden items or candle holders, jewellery, scarfs, pashminas, cakes, knitwear,…

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‘Smashing’ Greek evening!

24th November 2015

Earlier this month we held a Greek Night in the village restaurant. All the traditional Greek delights, from Meze and Moussaka to Baklava and Greek Yoghurt, were on the menu to make the evening as authentic as possible. Greek music played in the…

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Hallowe’en at Cedars

2nd November 2015

On Friday 30th  October, the staff and residents at Cedars Village donned their most gruesome costumes for their very own Hallowe’en party! On the night, around 32 residents enjoyed a spooky spread, starting with a glass of ‘witches brew’ on arrival! Prizes were…

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Clothing Sale at Cedars

28th October 2015

BB of London held a clothing sale at Cedars Village on Thursday 22nd October in the afternoon. Amongst many, the favourite quality brands were Eastex, Windsmoor, Minuet and Jacques Vert, all at a fraction of the price. This was enjoyed by many of…

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Cedars Village celebrates its 20th birthday

20th October 2015

Not only is our beautiful Cedars Village the perfect place to settle and enjoy life after 60, it’s also just reached a huge milestone. On Friday 16th October, Cedars welcomed some 180 residents, staff and guests, to celebrate a special event – the…

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Residents and staff raise £1,300 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

8th October 2015

 Over 100 residents and staff attended the Macmillan Coffee Morning at Cedars Village on Friday 25th September. Great attendance met great generosity as £1300 was raised towards the Macmillan Cancer Support.  Aside from fundraising, the morning was also a great social occasion to…

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Cedars in bloom

30th September 2015

A competition for best garden, patio, balcony and hanging baskets took place at Cedars this summer. In July our guest judge arrived at the village to determine whose flower display was the most impressive. Most residents went to their best efforts; the village…

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Cedars Village residents enjoy Spring Bank Holiday fete

4th June 2015

Most of the residents at Cedars attended the village fete, which was held on Bank Holiday Monday, 25th May. There were the usual activities to enjoy, all set up with the help of grandchildren and many volunteers, who all enjoyed participating. Those with…

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Burns Night Supper

5th February 2015

A traditional Burns Night supper was held recently at Cedars Village where residents enjoyed an evening celebration for the Baird, without the pomp and ceremony, but with plenty of haggis and whisky!  Patricia Purcell, from the Royal Operatic Society, was the special guest…

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Residents create Christmas joy!

4th December 2014

Our residents have been getting into the Christmas spirit this week, by making their very own Christmas wreaths. A group of residents met in the village ballroom, where they were greeted with piles of holly and ivy.  Everyone really enjoyed the afternoon, cutting…

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French Evening at Cedars Village

18th November 2014

On Friday 14th November Cedars Village held a French Evening, entertainment was provided by the fabulous Paris Belles, with our resident Pat Roberts on piano and her friend Martino Smiths on accordion. Together they played light popular music and had a sing along in…

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Annual Art Group Exhibition

30th October 2014

The annual Art Group exhibition took place this month in the ballroom. Residents of Cedars Village did all the work displayed, during there weekly Art Group sessions that are held every Monday. The standard of work was once again impressive with all styles…

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The Purcell School Concert

8th October 2014

On Saturday 4th October the annual Purcell School Concert was held in the ballroom at Cedars Village. The event proved to be as popular as ever and over 60 tickets were sold. All the residents commented on how much they enjoyed the concert…

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Macmillan coffee morning and bumper raffle

8th October 2014

On Friday 26th September Cedars residents held a coffee morning to support Macmillan Cancer Care. Residents enjoyed coffee and a bumper raffle; on sale during the morning were cakes, preserves, bric-a-brac, knitted items and jewellery. The event was a huge success and all…

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Hemel Hempstead silver band entertain the residents

19th August 2014

Cedars village enjoyed an afternoon of entertainment from the Hemel Hempstead silver band. The band consists of 25 musicians and they have an extensive library of over 3000 pieces, spanning across many decades and including classics, musicals, religious pieces and pop music. The…

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Tai Chi at Cedars Village

9th July 2014

We wanted to share a couple of photos of us in action at our weekly Tai Chi class, held every Wednesday afternoon. As the weather has been so nice recently, we took this week’s class outside, in the beautiful Cedars Village gardens. Tai…

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Croquet competition

9th July 2014

It was mallets and hoops at the ready as the residents at Cedars Village took to the games lawn for our annual croquet competition. Pictured below are winning team Wally James and Joy Arnett (in blue), while the lady in action striking the…

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Healthy living at Cedars Village

3rd June 2014

Residents at Cedars retirement village are currently enjoying a free course on leading a healthy lifestyle in retirement, courtesy of Age UK Hertfordshire. The ‘Healthwise’ initiative was launched to help older people to learn more about healthy eating, gentle exercise, computer skills and…

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Spring has sprung at Cedars Village

28th March 2014

The Cedars Village restaurant is looking ‘blooming’ lovely with some new floral table decorations in place. Our Spring menu is now being served and offers great value for money. While the restaurant is open seven days a week, booking is essential for what…

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Amazing Austen

31st July 2013

What beautiful weather we have been enjoying recently! It was especially kind on our most recent venture out of the village; a trip to Jane Austen’s house.  We took a coach to Chawton in Hampshire, to the home where the famous author spent…

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Cedars in Bloom

17th July 2013

July sees the judging of the annual Cedars in Bloom competition. Every year the residents make the village a colourful place to live, with beautiful buds and flourishing flowers.  Prizes are awarded for a variety of categories including the best bedding, best patio…

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