Couple win competition to name new Churchill development in Maidstone

A local couple have won a competition to name Churchill Retirement Living’s new development on King Street in Maidstone after delving into the town’s history.

Brian and Grace Love, who have lived in the Maidstone area for 76 years, were presented with a cheque for £100 at a naming ceremony for the new King’s Lodge development in the town.

Mrs Love said: “We wanted to look back at the history of the site where the new development is and find out exactly why the road was named King Street. Our granddaughter helped us investigate and after researching the history we discovered that King George III rode along this street in 1799. He was visiting Mote Park to inspect 3,000 assembled troops of the Kent Volunteers, a local militia trained to defend the county from a possible invasion by Napoleon. We thought this was a really interesting connection and we’re thrilled to have won!”

Anne Scherrer, regional marketing manager for Churchill Retirement Living, said: “Churchill Retirement Living likes to involve the local community in choosing the names for its developments and often does so by running a competition asking for suggestions. We received a vast number of entries for the Maidstone development but we particularly liked the local historical connection that Mr and Mrs Love’s entry had.”

King’s Lodge, which is currently under construction, is located just to the edge of the town centre and will comprise 53 private, self-contained apartments that are specially designed for retired Owners, with features such as a video-entry system, lift to all floors, a 24 hour care and support system, and a Lodge Manager.

Communal facilities include an Owners’ Lounge, Guest Suite and landscaped gardens. Like all Churchill Retirement Living developments, the location has been chosen for convenience and is within easy walking distance of the wide selection of shops and amenities of Maidstone town centre and has good public transport links.

For more information on King’s Lodge or to register your interest, please call 0800 458 1856 or click here