Lionel Blair pays a visit to Newbury retirement development

Local people enjoyed an audience with TV personality Lionel Blair last week as he paid a visit to Churchill Retirement Living's new Avonbank Lodge development in the heart of Newbury.

The showbiz icon was at the Lodge on Wednesday 2nd October to meet the new apartment Owners and share anecdotes and stories from a career which has spanned over seven decades. Like Churchill, the veteran TV entertainer and dancer feels that the retirement years should be anticipated in a positive way.

He said: "These days, older people can do anything, it doesn't matter what their age is. Older people have so much wisdom to pass onto the young, growing older is something to be celebrated. I was delighted to be asked to visit Avonbank Lodge, I enjoyed speaking to everyone and it was great to meet the new Owners and hear so many positive things from them. Over the years I've seen first-hand how the Churchill lifestyle can have such a positive effect on people's health and wellbeing, from living in a modern, warm apartment to having a friendly community around them."

Avonbank Lodge is a collection of 59 one and two bedroom privately owned retirement apartments and shared facilities, designed exclusively for the over 60s. Offering quality retirement accommodation and safe and independent living, the development is in a convenient location close to local shops and amenities.

To find out more about the apartments available at Avonbank Lodge, visit the Show Complex open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm, call 01635 592601 or visit