Local student wins top prize for Churchill Retirement Living’s Penzance photography competition

A local student is celebrating after snapping the winning shot for Churchill Retirement Living’s Penzance photography competition.

Harry Simmonds, who is currently studying IT at Truro and Penwith College in Penzance, was awarded the top prize of £250 for his scenic photograph of Churchill’s Mount’s Bay Lodge development on New Town Lane.

Both professional and keen amateur photographers were invited to take part by capturing the Lodge and its seafront location, but it was Harry’s entry that won over the judges.

Harry said: “I was really pleased when Churchill called me to say that I was the winner. I’ve been interested in photography since I was at secondary school, and even took a GCSE in it. It’s a great hobby and it was a lot of fun trying to get the perfect shot of Mount’s Bay Lodge. It’s in a really nice location on the harbour front so I wanted to capture this with the water and boats in full view. I made sure I picked a nice sunny day as well, to show what a fantastic location this is. I’m going to use my prize money to buy a brand new lens so that I can take even more photos to show off Penzance at its best.”

Jo Ridehalgh, marketing executive at Churchill Retirement Living, said:

Our photography competition was a fantastic way to encourage local photographers to get out and about on the harbour front. Mount’s Bay Lodge is in such a picturesque location with the bay and St Michael’s Mount right on the doorstep. We were overwhelmed with entries but we thought that Harry’s photograph really captured the magic that this seaside Lodge has to offer, and he certainly has a real talent for capturing a stunning image.

Mount’s Bay Lodge offers a collection of 50 one and two bedroom privately owned retirement apartments and shared facilities, designed exclusively for the over 60’s. Apartments boast spacious rooms throughout and an ideal combination of design and functionality. The fully fitted, stylish kitchens include a built in fridge and freezer, hob and an oven, which is located at an easy-reach height. All of the properties benefit from illuminated light switches for added convenience. Owners also enjoy ultimate peace of mind from a fitted video entry system for the highest level of security and a 24 hour emergency call system.

With less to worry about, Owners will have more time to do the things they enjoy, including taking advantage of the host of other benefits which will be on offer including having family or friends to stay in the development’s well-appointed Guest Suite, and enjoying a chat with neighbours, or attending one of the many events in the Owners’ Lounge.

The development is located in a central location with private gated parking and a south facing first-floor terrace, just a short distance from public transport links, shops and all the local amenities on offer in Penzance.

Standing on the shores of Mount's Bay, Penzance has a wealth of good shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants. Market Jew Street - a busy shopping street - connects with the harbour area through the Wharfside Shopping Centre. This lovely town is perfect for retirement, with the development offering stunning sea views and all the amenities you need within walking distance.

For further information on the apartments available at Mount’s Bay Lodge, visit the show complex, open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm, call 01736 664 793 or click here.