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20 days ago

British expats returning to the UK advice and tips

If you’re a retired expat returning to the UK, we’ve put this useful advice hub together to help make the process as simple and as stress-free as possible. more

65 days ago

Publishing her first novel in her 70s

Retirement stories: publishing your first fiction novel as a 72 year-old grandmother of three is quite a coup more

74 days ago

Actress Linda Robson, 63, on how looking after her grandchildren and trying to do the splits keeps her young more

75 days ago

Former Strictly judge Len Goodman reveals how dancing and exercise have been the secret to a great retirement. more

77 days ago

Former Strictly judge Len Goodman reveals how dancing and exercise have been the secret to a great retirement. more

78 days ago

Former Royal reporter Jennie Bond on the fear – and joy – of stepping outside your comfort zone as you reach retirement age more

109 days ago

Has the pandemic made Brits’ relationships with their neighbours stronger?

In such a turbulent period of history, small sparks of hope, optimism and faith in the human race have begun to shine through more

111 days ago

Our experts’ guide to stress-free moving

Our removal partner Bishop's Move give their 10 golden rules to make moving house easier. more

98 days ago

Homeowner advocate programme

Our homeowners are in the know, and what’s better, they’re just a call away. more

120 days ago

How to become a good neighbour

Read our ‘how to be a good neighbour guide’ and turn your neighbours into good friends. more

138 days ago

Expat experience: a place in the sun and back again

We spoke to Lesley Jones, who with her husband Paul, moved into a McCarthy Stone retirement apartment after 18 years as expats in Cyprus. more

147 days ago

Jobs for life

Here’s a round-up of some of our remarkable homeowners who have enjoyed extraordinary careers. more

140 days ago

The Close Welcomes its First Homeowners

Retirees in Nuneaton are celebrating six months in their new homes at The Close. more

166 days ago

Finding Love in Later Life

Valentine special: David and Ellen met and fell in love at their McCarthy Stone development. more

166 days ago

A match made in McCarthy Stone

Valentine special. This couple found true love in later life after meeting at McCarthy Stone more

189 days ago

Community at our heart

Life changed for us all in March, and for homeowners at Hillier Court in Romsey it was no different. more

737997 days ago

Thinking about getting a dog in retirement?

Our handy guide will help you consider the pros and cons of dog ownership and picks out some of the best breeds for retirement living. more

200 days ago

A candid Q & A with Gransnet

Gransnet sent our Senior Divisional Sales Marketing Director their top questions, take a look here. more

189 days ago

Moving couldn't be simpler

Moving into a McCarthy Stone retirement property couldn't be simpler, here's why. more

160 days ago

Sharing The Untold Story Of Her Husband’s War

A Retired Lady From South Shields Shares The Untold Story Of Her Husband’s War more

218 days ago

Everyone has a story

Homeowner Wyllie Longmore travelled 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean to pursue his career. more

217 days ago

An Award Winning Year

We are delighted to announce we have received the Housebuilder Special Recognition Award! more

242 days ago

Local Homeowner Didn’t Let Lockdown Stand in the Way of Moving into Her New Home

Mrs Rickaby didn’t expect to be thrown into the middle of a global pandemic just before her moving-in date. more

246 days ago

Penwortham Raises £500 For Parkinsons UK

Hilary Wheale has been fundraising for Parkinson's during the pandemic more

253 days ago

Community Minibus in Malpas Receives a Helping Hand

McCarthy Stone has donated £500 to a community minibus service in Malpas. more

253 days ago

Merchants Gate Is Officially Opened by Lord Provost

There was cause for celebration last week as Lord Provost, Philip Braat, paid a visit to officially open Merchants Gate more

256 days ago

Moving into their dream home

Dr and Mrs Learner did not expect to be thrown into the middle of a global pandemic 24 hours before their moving-in date. more

256 days ago

Remote Service for Trinity Methodist Church After £500 Donation

McCarthy Stone has given Trinity Methodist Church in Codsall a welcome boost with a £500 donation. more

259 days ago

Living Life To The Full During Lockdown

Homeowners of McCarthy Stone’s Clarendon House found new ways to continue to live life to the full more

266 days ago

Helping others, helps ourselves

Being a Buddy brought unexpectedly heartwarming benefits to our volunteers more

278 days ago

Nuneaton Is Officially Opened

There was cause for celebration last week as Mr Marcus Jones, MP for Nuneaton, paid a visit to officially open The Close more

278 days ago

The Best Recovery I Could Have Asked For

One South Shields retiree leaves hospital for a brand new McCarthy Stone apartment more

284 days ago

Appeal Launched By Poundbury Retirees To Complete Their Community

Residents at Bowes Lyon Court are looking for the missing piece of their puzzle to join their community. more

285 days ago

McCarthy Stone Celebrates New Milestone With Launch of its 100th Housing With Care Development

McCarthy Stone will this week celebrate the opening of its 100th housing with care development, located in Salisbury, Wiltshire. more

287 days ago

First Birthday Celebrations For Purbrook Retirement Living Development

Retirees at Shilling Place enjoyed an afternoon to remember when residents celebrated its first birthday. more

313 days ago

Methodist Cross Find New Home

McCarthy Stone recently presented Ponders End Methodist Church with the cross from the old Oakwood Methodist chapel more

307 days ago

Local Club Bowled Over by McCarthy Stone Donation

McCarthy Stone has given Colchester Bowling Club a welcome boost with a £250 donation more

313 days ago

Community Centre in Worthing Gets £500 Boost

The Heene Community Centre provides socially distanced activities and clubs which are designed to help combat loneliness. more

309 days ago

Volunteer Buddy Meets Self-Isolators in Ilkley for the First Time

Aleks discovered a new-found purpose in supporting the residents and staff at Priestley Court more

312 days ago

Lockdown hasn't stood in the way of retiree in Claton-Le-Woods making her move

Anne Ash knew it was time to move closer to her family. more

316 days ago

Build The Imagination

McCarthy Stone has donated £500 to Farnham Common Community Library. more

326 days ago

Downsizing to a City

As Nigel Morris approached his 80th birthday, him and his wife made the decision to downsize more

335 days ago

Lockdown Diary

What did a day in the life of a House Manager of a retirement community of over-60s look like, and how are things now? more

344 days ago

A Day in the Life of an Estate Manager

What did a day in the life of an Estate Manager for a community of over-60s look like in lockdown — and how are things now? more

386 days ago

Inspiring the Next Generation

McCarthy Stone’s Chief Information Officer, Tracey McDermott, has become a Beanstalk reading helper. more

412 days ago

Keep in Touch

Although we’re encouraged to stay at home and social distance, we can still keep in touch with our loved ones. more