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Five community groups to join during retirement

At The Walled Gardens, we believe retirement should be fun-filled all year round.

With more time on your hands during your golden years, the thought of filling your weeks might feel daunting, but there’s nothing slow about life in St Andrews. Joining a local group is the perfect way to keep busy while connecting with the community and trying out lots of new activities.

We’ve found five incredible local groups who will introduce you to new people, and keep you active and engaged:

Walking Groups

Gentle Jaunts and the Ramblers are two community walking groups that organize walks in and around the area. Welcoming anyone who wants to get moving, these walking groups are great to socialise and exercise throughout the week.

The walks are not too difficult and conducted at a reasonable pace with walk details provided in advance to help you prepare and get a feel for the route, distance, terrain and walking conditions.

With regular meet ups, you can pick and choose when you want to join in!


Giving back to the community is a fulfilling and exciting way to spend a day or two during the week. Whether that be working as a fundraiser, support officer, or shop assistant, there are endless charities and organizations that would love an extra pair of hands.

Picking how frequently you want to volunteer, joining a charity is a great way to meet new people, support valuable causes, and spend some time giving back. Reach out to Fife Voluntary Action to hear about the ways you can lend a helping hand.

St Andrews Gardeners Club

The St Andrews Gardeners club welcomes anyone with a love of plants and an interest in gardening.

With summer and spring shows hosted throughout the year, you can join in to help community gardens, enter competitions, or just to learn more!

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Haydays is an organisation for anyone over 50 interested in arts and leisure. Hosting an array of regular classes, activities and book clubs, the group is perfect for anyone who wants to pick up a new hobby or meet likeminded people.

If this sounds like something you might be interested in, you can get in touch with for more information about their membership. 

Meal Makers

Need a hand making dinner, or interested in helping others in the community? You can join Meal Maker, a volunteer led food-sharing project which connects people in the area who want some company or fancy sharing a meal.

Members can sign up as either a cook or a diner. Diners fill out a profile online outlining dietary requirements, and connect with a suitable cook who wants to share their home cooked meal.

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Whether you are looking for new opportunities to socialise, a way to give back, or to find a new hobby, The Walled Gardens is perfectly located to connect you with a wide range of community led groups. 

For more information on The Walled Gardens or a move to St Andrews, contact Thorntons on 01334 474200 or visit: