Chelmsford pupils support RSPB Big Birdwatch with Churchill Retirement Living

Children from Our Lady Immaculate Catholic Primary School in Chelmsford visited Churchill Retirement Living’s Chelmer Lodge to take part in this year’s RSPB Big Birdwatch.

Pupils joined forces with retired Owners from the Lodge to turn their eyes to the skies and count their feathered friends visiting the development’s landscaped garden.

The visit was organised by Churchill Retirement Living to coincide with the RSPB’s Big Birdwatch event. The annual survey aims to provide a vital snapshot of the country’s nature by asking members of the public to record the different bird species visiting their gardens and local green spaces, and most importantly, discover if any in particular are thriving or declining in numbers.

Yvette Christy, Regional Marketing Executive at Churchill Retirement Living, said: “It is always wonderful to see the generations come together and we are pleased to have built a nice community link with Our Lady Immaculate Catholic Primary School. The children were absolutely fantastic! We hope that by taking part in the Big Birdwatch it will inspire them to go out and find out what wildlife they have nesting in their own back gardens.”

Louise McConnell, Forest School Leader at Our Lady Immaculate Catholic Primary School, said: “We were grateful to Churchill Retirement Living for organising the visit; our school is just across the road from the Lodge so it’s wonderful to have formed a link with the Owners there. The birdwatching was a wonderful opportunity for the children to work with the local community and help contribute to the survey, and we look forward to our next visit.”

Chelmer Lodge on New London Road, offers a range of one and two bedroom apartments exclusively designed for the over 60s. All the apartments have spacious rooms throughout and are an ideal combination of design and functionality. The fully fitted, stylish kitchens include a built in fridge and freezer, washer/dryer, hob and an oven, which is located at an easy-reach height. All of the properties also benefit from illuminated light switches for added convenience.

Owners can also enjoy ultimate peace of mind from a fitted camera entry system for the highest level of security, a 24 hour emergency call system and a resident Lodge Manager. Communal facilities include an Owners’ Lounge, which Owners use for socialising and events, communal landscaped gardens and Guest Suite. 

To find out more about the apartments available at Chelmer Lodge, visit the show complex open daily from 10am to 5pm, call 01245 676 229 or