Moat Park Village Diary

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

A change of role for Lisa-Marie Jones

5th August 2020

We are delighted to welcome Lisa-Marie Jones to the post of village manager at Moat Park. No stranger to the company, Lisa-Marie takes up the role from our Debden Grange community in Newport, where she has worked as sales consultant for the past…

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We meet Moat Park’s newly appointed gardener!

28th August 2019

From a student job in a garden centre to a full-time post at luxury retirement village, Moat Park, – meet 25-year-old Tom Hagger!   As well as tending to the grounds at the village, Tom has also set up a Garden Club for residents!  …

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Moat Park a vibrant retirement village

24th June 2019

New Build, 7 Meadow View, Moat Park – £475,000 Downsizing doesn’t have to mean compromising the quality of lifestyle. The new cottages at Meadow View are finished to a high specification with stylish fittings for modern living, that complements the spacious rooms. This…

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Merry Christmas to Colchester Hospital from Moat Park!

19th December 2018

It’s not easy being a patient or visiting a loved in hospital over the festive period but Retirement Villages is helping to spread Christmas cheer.   After hearing that the Time Garden at Colchester Hospital was without a Christmas tree, the team at Moat Park, in Great Easton, thought this was…

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Moat Park opens their show home for extended viewing

4th December 2018

Moat Park’s latest show home, in Essex, will now be open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am – 5pm starting 3rd January 2019. There’s no need to make an appointment, just pop in and discover more about the wonderful lifestyle on offer!…

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Bonfire Night at Moat Park

4th December 2018

The villagers in Essex enjoyed a fantastic bonfire night complete with an amazing selection of fireworks in the grounds of luxury retirement village, Moat Park. To start the evening, attendees enjoyed a starter of leek and potato soup, followed by a main meal…

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Moat Park’s 1940s flavoured open day hits a high note

31st October 2018

Moat Park village added a flavour of the 1940s to its most recent open day welcoming many new visitors and existing residents. Music and songs from the wartime era – performed by the Boogie Woogie Gals – provided the backdrop for an afternoon…

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Stunning show home is now available to view!

2nd October 2018

Our beautiful show home is now open at Meadow View providing visitors with the perfect opportunity to imagine themselves living in one of the last remaining luxury cottages at the village. Demand for the cottages has been high with just four available to…

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‘All that jazz!’ at Moat Park

17th September 2018

Residents and guests enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of jazz at a recent event at Moat Park village. As well as soaking up the musical tones of the Viscount Jazz Band and taking in the idyllic surroundings, visitors also had the opportunity to explore…

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Moat Park welcomes new chef Martin White

12th July 2018

Bringing his passion and flair for cooking, Martin is looking forward to providing a good variety of nutritious, balanced meals for the village residents. Following a career at a well known supermarket chain, Martin took up cookery professionally at 32, training at Harlow…

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Meadow View cottage is now available for viewing!

13th June 2018

Our greatly anticipated ‘view’ home at Meadow View is now open for visitors following a launch event at the end of May, so visitors will now be able to touch and feel the real thing! People that attended the launch event were given…

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Royal Wedding celebrations at Moat Park village

23rd May 2018

Residents gathered to watch the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on the wide screen TV in the village clubhouse. The bar was open and residents brought their packed lunches to enjoy, whilst watching the historic event. The clubhouse had been…

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The final tile is officially laid at Meadow View

4th May 2018

The last tile has been laid at Meadow View, our latest phase of nine luxury cottages in the grounds of Moat Park! A ‘topping out’ ceremony was held on Wednesday 2nd May with Jim Doherty, Head of Production at Retirement Villages’ Group Ltd…

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Easter Bonnet competition for residents at Moat Park

4th April 2018

The residents at Moat Park had a very enjoyable Easter celebration this year. Alongside the monthly quiz night, which was held on Easter Saturday they also held an Easter Bonnet competition, with many residents showing great enthusiasm with their creations. Following the competition,…

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Dedication is rewarded at Moat Park Retirement Village

15th March 2018

Linda’s dedication is rewarded Moat Park Domestic Assistant Linda Pegram is the latest recipient of the monthly Retirement Village Star Award, which is awarded to members of staff who demonstrate excellent working practices and make an outstanding contribution to the wellbeing of residents…

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A Chinese Evening

5th December 2017

It may not be Chinese New Year yet but residents at Moat Park Retirement Village enjoy a shared love of Chinese food so there was no better excuse to create a sociable evening where everyone enjoyed Chinese food together!  It proved to be…

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Local MP visits Moat Park and is in awe of the social calendar!

23rd November 2017

MP for Saffron Walden, Kemi Badenoch recently visited the village and chatted to staff before sitting down with residents to discuss retirement life at Moat Park. Kemi was given a tour of the new Meadow View development at Moat Park and was impressed with the specification…

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Moat Park holds Craft Exhibition

24th October 2017

The weather stayed warm and dry for Moat Park’s Craft Exhibition which was held in the newly completed extension of the social club in October. With so many exhibitors, the social club was filled with some amazing exhibits! This included an array of…

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New Manager welcomed at Moat Park

1st September 2017

We have appointed Kerri Brill as the new Village Manager at Moat Park, our age-exclusive community in the Essex countryside. Kerri (34) joins us having previously worked in hospitality in London and then moving into facilities management later in her career. Kerri is…

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The Moat House celebrates resident’s 100th birthday

23rd March 2017

  Cheers and celebrations rang out for Josie Brown, one of our residents at The Moat House care home, who turned 100 years old on Tuesday 14th March. Josie’s daughter Bobbie Thornton manages Moat Park (which The Moat House is part of). She…

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New AstroTurf pitch complements Moat Park’s active lifestyle

21st October 2016

In keeping with Moat Park’s vibrant, active retirement lifestyle we recently installed a multi-use AstroTurf pitch in the grounds. This is ideal for social activities such as bowls, croquet, putting and even badminton when it isn’t too windy. Feedback from our residents on…

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Development plans at Moat Park

28th September 2016

We are looking to submit a planning application to the local authority for an extension and improvement to Moat Park’s existing clubhouse, nine additional ‘extra care’ dormer bungalows, and improvements to signage and lighting at the village entrances. We welcome your views on…

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Christmas decorations making workshop

30th November 2015

Residents and guests at Moat Park have recently had a chance to learn how to make their own Christmas decorations. Decopatch decorations and polystyrene wreaths complete with tissue paper flowers were the main focus of the workshop. Both residents and guests present on…

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Flower-arranging afternoon at Moat Park

5th August 2015

Residents and guests at Moat Park were in for a real treat when a flower-arranging lesson took place during the open day on 18th June. Run by multi-award winning independent florist Amy Curtis, the demonstration turned into a very hands-on experience when the…

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Musical recital at Maynard House

4th June 2015

By Mary Collins The musical recital afternoon proved to be quite magical. The solo violinist Joanne Davies, provided a variety of pieces, from jazz, musicals, pop and of course, the classics. Joanne’s adaptability on the violin was just amazing. She started learning the…

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Ladies of leisure

17th February 2015

The ladies of Maynard House were treated to an afternoon of pampering at a recent well-being event, designed to leave them feeling their best. A number of local businesses attended to provide their services to the residents. Scarlet and Stone beauticians treated residents…

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Haggis and a wee dram

29th January 2015

nnMoat Park celebrated Burns Night with a traditional supper held in the village clubhouse.  Residents were served authentic Scottish food and drink before enjoying a live performance from a local professional bagpiper. Barbara the village chef addressed the haggis, which was of course…

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Cheese, wine and a good old natter

4th December 2014

We were thrilled to welcome the local community to Moat Park last week, as 30 people attended our cheese and wine event. The exclusive event was an opportunity for visitors to learn about our brand new retirement apartment scheme Maynard House, and get…

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Afternoon tea and Harrods

18th November 2014

The very first event for residents and friends at Maynard House, our brand new retirement apartment scheme at Moat Park, took place last week and marks the beginning of a busy and eventful social calendar for residents living there. The first event was…

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Sun, sand and Maldon by the sea

18th June 2014

What a wonderful day was had by all at Maldon by the sea! A few of our Moat House residents whiled away the hours taking in the fresh air and nostalgic smells of fish and chips, topped with plenty of salt and vinegar!…

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Gardening with the girl guides

22nd May 2014

Residents were pleased when a group of local Girl Guides from Stebbing came to visit Moat Park for a spot of gardening. The girls were so helpful, making tea and chatting with everyone. They assisted residents with tabletop planting of sunflowers, vegetables and…

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‘Tickled Pink’ by theatre!

16th May 2014

We were delighted to welcome the ‘Tickled Pink’ theatrical group, who specialise in putting on performances to those enjoying later life. They put on a wonderful and colourful performance called ‘On Broadway’ which featured lots of songs from famous American musicals. The event…

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Nostalgia: past and present

1st December 2013

 As we start to wind down for Christmas, we have been looking back at some of the wonderful activities we have been treated to here at the Moat House.  From visiting menageries of animals to folk singers and clothes shows, we have certainly…

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Ducklings, dogs and alpacas join the summer fete

1st August 2013

On a fine summer’s day residents and their families gathered at the Moat House for a summer fete with a difference A nature-based setting was created and the residents were joined by some furry friends – alpacas, ducklings and dogs. The alpacas that…

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