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  • Looking to the future

    It is only a decade since Apple launched the smartphone that changed our lives...

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  • Life in the Workhouse

    A fully working 1950s Wurlitzer jukebox and a Coca-Cola fridge...

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  • Charles Clayton

    Just over a year after his retirement as managing director...

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  • RAP

    The Residents Advisory Panel welcomed a new member...

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  • 2016 House market

    Sales agency Cognatum Property reported that Cognatum properties worth £35 million...

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  • Escape to the Country

    Those who enjoy the BBC1 programme Escape to the Country...

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  • ECA Lease Extensions

    Following an increasing number of requests, Cognatum Estates has introduced a...

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  • River Dun Project

    Anne Maddison reports that her project to restore the river banks...

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  • Des res on the water

    Bearwater may sound a bizarre name to those who have not visited and seen that this private estate in Hungerford...

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  • Hampshire Guide

    Since downsizing from a substantial Edwardian house with a large garden... 

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  • Garden Plan Update

    Charles Gilchrist, Garden Adviser, reported that the concept of the 10-year rolling renewal plan...

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  • Autumn meetings

    The programme of annual meetings starts on 21st September...

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  • New development

    The long-awaited extension to Stuart Court in Minchinhampton of... 

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  • Rolling Garden Renewal

    As Garden Adviser to all Cognatum estates, Charles Gilchrist aims to increase the gardening knowledge and...

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  • Marlborough Brandt

    The Marlborough Brandt Group, MBG, was set up in 1981 by a group of people living in Marlborough...

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  • Autumn Annual Meetings

    Whilst the focus of these meetings was on budgets, along with local issues, there was discussion on a number of common themes...

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  • Alan Clark

    Alan retired at Christmas after an association of over 30 years...

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  • Residents Advisory Panel

    Two new members joined the panel in 2015...

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  • Focus on Minchinhampton

    Owners at Stuart Court in Minchinhampton turned out in strength at Stroud District Council to back plans to add seven homes to the estate.

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  • John Lavin appointed MD

    In May Charles Clayton stepped down after 24 years. The new managing director John Lavin...

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  • Jeff Matthews

    Jeff has joined as the new operations manager...

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  • Resident director

    Cognatum Estates appointed Jeffrey Gaines as...

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  • New development in Alton

    Beechcroft Developments has just built 12 new energy efficient...

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  • Good service, striving to do even better!

    Thank you again to everyone who completed the customer
    satisfaction survey last December. We have now completed the analysis...

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  • MD to retire in May

    Charles Clayton, Cognatum Managing Director, has decided the time has come to retire after 24 years with English Courtyard...

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  • Changing Appearances

    The Heritage Panel met for the second time in November and discussed providing advice on conservation and energy saving through a series of advisory articles...

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  • ARMA

    This year Cognatum Estates is moving its allegiance from the Association of Retirement Housing Managers...

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  • Customer Survey

    Surveys during the busy Christmas period are not universally popular...

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  • Cognatum Estates

    Just before Christmas we moved head office...

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  • Jim Harris

    After serving for three years as a non-executive director, Jim Harris...

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  • First World War Commemoration

    Thanks to the many events arranged to support the Royal British Legion’s...

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  • Poppies at Mytchett Heath

    The centenary of the start of the First World War and the British Legion’s initiative ‘to cover the country in poppies’...

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  • Cogantum news in brief

    A round-up of news from Cognatum...

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  • Creating a wildlife haven

    At Mill Place, Cirencester, the grassy area between the houses and millstream has been transformed into a wildflower meadow...

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  • Heritage Panel meets for first time

    The first meeting of the new Heritage Panel took place in June...

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  • OFT Launches Review

    Earlier this year, the Office of Fair Trading launched a review of residential management services...

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  • Sales – Who Benefits?

    Even the best national estate agents are acknowledged to offer poor service for people buying or selling retirement homes...

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  • Annual meetings and summer forums

    The annual budget meetings will be held between 24 September and 29 October...

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  • New board member

    Our new resident director, Nicola Ratcliffe Wilson, joined the Cognatum board in June... 

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  • 25th Anniversary for Malthouse Court

    Malthouse Court in Towcester celebrated its 25th Anniversary...

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  • New members for RAP

    There were changes to the Residents Advisory Panel in September when half of the members retired after serving their three-year term.

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  • Concern for gardens after prolonged winter rains

    Some handsome mature trees were lost from our estates during the winter storms. Others became unsafe and had to be removed.

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  • Board changes in 2013

    Noel Shuttleworth, whilst remaining Life President, has retired from the Cognatum board because of ill health.

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  • Heritage Panel

    All Cognatum developments have been carefully designed to create beautiful homes in lovely locations and grounds. Conservation areas were often chosen and top architects were selected to ensure the architecture fits seamlessly into the local styles.

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  • Recruiting Estate Managers

    Securing the right people as estate managers is key to the service we offer. Our managers have to be confident and caring, first-aiders, computer literate with management experience and preferably knowledgeable about gardening and building care.

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  • Rules of retirement – Daily Mail

    Cognatum's award winning Allcourt development in Lechlade-on-Thames has featured in the Daily mail as part of their ten point 'Rules of retirement' guide. You can read the full article here.

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  • Cognatum featured in the Daily Express

    The Daily Express published an article about Cognatum on 28 January 2014. Henry Thornton, Chairman, talks about the future of retirement housing.
    You can read the full article here.

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  • Partnership Schemes

    Across the country there is a real shortage of high quality properties suitable for downsizers.

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  • Customer Survey Update

    In our winter edition we gave an overview of the findings of our survey and promised further information once it had been fully analysed.

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  • Barton Farm Water Meadows

    Volunteers, including residents, are helping John Staley to restore an extraordinary irrigation system in the grounds of Barton Farm, used by farmers in the 16th century.

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  • Garden Project at East Ilsley

    After 10 years, even in the best gardens it is time to review the state of the shrubs and to rationalise what is there.

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  • Residents Advisory Panel

    At its meeting in March, the panel considered the results of the customer satisfaction survey.

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  • Annual meetings 2013

    These will be held between 30 September and the fi rst week in November.

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  • Threat to our Ash trees

    Colin Quinney, Cognatum’s deputy landscape manager, has just completed a diploma in arboriculture at Merrist Wood College and is now qualified to carry out tree condition surveys on our developments.

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  • A new face

    Stephen Dale joined Cognatum in September as a regional manager responsible for fifteen of our developments from Wiltshire to Devon.

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  • Never Too Late!

    Two owners at Berrow Court, Mary and James Westwood celebrated their marriage in October.

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  • Successful Survey Points The Way Forward

    Thanks to a high response to our confidential survey, we know that at least 86% of our owners are happy with their decision to move to one of our developments – with 55% saying they are very pleased.

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  • Two new books

    Noel Shuttleworth and Alan Staddon have both brought out self-published books.

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  • 2012 annual meetings

    The first meetings will be held on 26th September; details of the 2013 service charges and reserve fund budgets will be sent out beforehand.

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  • Residents Advisory Panel

    Two new members have joined the panel, which meets twice a year in March and September.

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  • Stylish new houses in Odiham

    A show house is now ready for visitors at Seymour Place.

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  • Change of landscape

    In July one of our two landscape managers, Alan Prockter, retired.

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  • Guernsey celebration

    A special event took place in Guernsey in June to celebrate 25 years of Les Blancs Bois, the premier retirement development in the Channel Islands, which is managed by Cognatum.

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  • A survey of your views

    A year ago we printed an article by Professor Michael Ball on owner-occupied retirement housing.

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  • Diamond Jubilee

    Wet weather did not dampen the spirits over this historic June weekend and there were reports of many garden parties and other celebrations.

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  • A jazzy way to settle in

    A garden party and a jazz band celebrated the completion of the nine new apartments and houses next to Lyefield Court at Emmer Green.

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  • Head for heights

    Sue Pickering always wanted to abseil but only got started in 1997 when she was 68.

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  • Board changes

     2011 saw a number of changes to the Cognatum board.

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  • Residents Advisory Panel

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  • New development

    New development at Seymour Place, Odiham.

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  • The Cinnamon Trust award

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