Celebrations, raising funds and keeping fit at Cedars Retirement Village in Chorleywood

Diary posted

17th May 2019

Cedars Retirement Village In Hertfordshire

Growing old doesn’t mean slowing down for residents at Cedars village. Retirees have been getting involved in a whole host of events. 

Knit & Natter raises funds!

While those chocolate eggs may have all but disappeared, retirees in Chorleywood have been making longer lasting Easter treats, all in aid of charity. 

Residents at Cedars village have raised over £200 for a local cause from their monthly Knit & Natter group. 

Each week, the residents stage a well-attended coffee morning and hold a raffle.  

The latest Easter themed event has seen the village’s Knit & Natter Group – led by Cedars resident June Gladwell – selling handmade Easter chicks and bunnies, as well and chocolate goodies,  

An impressive £212 was raised by retirees, which will be donated to the Michael Sobell Day Hospice in Northwood, Middlesex. The hospice provides care, comfort and support for local people facing life limiting illnesses. 

Keeping fit and active

Retirees at Cedars continue to fully immerse themselves into village life by participating in a whole range of activities and make lots of friends along the way 

Darts & curling

Budding darts players regularly meet to play the game and the standard is improving week by week. Curling is a popular pastime in the village too, but residents have come up with a new way of playing so it’s more comfortable!  

Instead of getting on their knees, they’re armed with long-handled pushers. Active resident Peter Jewell says, “This is a blessing for those with stiff joints!” 

The session concludes with individuals competing in a game of skittles with a box of chocolates for the winner. Each player has four skittles and whispers amongst the village say it’s far from easy to clear the board. 


After an unusually hot summer last year, the ground staff are working energetically to restore the lawns to their former condition.  

The croquet is the most popular summer pastime in the village with four players in teams of two, fiercely sending their opponent’s ball as far from the hoop as they can. The version played is named ‘Golf Croquet. A mixed pairs competition is held towards the end of the season which all retirees look forward to participating in and spectating!  

Table tennis

And finally, it’s been pleasing for retirees to get back into table tennis to discover that the skills have stayed firmly put from the last time they played. Rumours have it that players can be fast and furious at times too!  

St Patricks Day 

The villagers of Cedars were firmly in the Irish spirit for this year’s St Patricks Day. Retirees celebrated with a themed three-course dinner and a variety of games and entertainment! 

For starters they had options of smoked salmon, king prawn and avocado or a soup of the day.  

The main course was either a rack of lamb with colcannon and baby heritage carrots or boiled gammon, colcannon and seasonal vegetables – with a fish option available too.  

And for anyone with room left in their stomachs there was a choice of crème brulee with homemade shortbread and fresh berries or a homemade apple pie drizzled with custard! It was a very successful evening for both the residents and their appetites. 

We look forward to seeing what’s next in store for Cedars Village, in the meantime for everything Cedars related just click here.