MP cuts the ribbon at new Bridport retirement development

Sir Oliver Letwin MP joined Churchill Retirement Living to officially open its new Alfred Lodge development in Bridport.

More than 40 people visited the Lodge on Rax Lane to see Sir Oliver take part in an official ribbon cutting ceremony with Churchill’s regional managing director James Barnes and group land and planning director Andrew Burgess. They were also joined by Town Mayor Councillor Anne Rickard, to share in the celebrations as the development was officially unveiled.

The new development comprises just 26 one and two-bedroom private, self-contained apartments specially designed for the over 60s. Visitors to the event were given the opportunity to view the development’s beautiful Show Complex, before being treated to sparkling wine and canapes in the Owners’ Lounge.

Sir Oliver Letwin MP said: “It was a privilege to be invited to open Churchill’s fantastic new development and an honour to cut the ribbon. Retirement properties are a crucial part of helping to unblock the UK’s housing crisis and Churchill’s new development is a significant addition to the housing provision here in Bridport.

Specialist retirement housing is proven to have a beneficial effect on older people’s health and wellbeing, be it from being in a modern, warm, well insulated home to having a sense of community and helps to beat loneliness. It was also heartening to meet the new Owners now calling Alfred Lodge home and hear so many positive stories from them.

The apartments at Alfred Lodge have been designed to make life easier and more enjoyable in retirement years. All the apartments have spacious rooms throughout and an ideal combination of design and functionality. The fully fitted, stylish kitchens include a built in fridge and freezer, washer/ dryer, plus 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 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 have more time to do the things they enjoy, including taking advantage of the host of other benefits 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. They can also benefit from Churchill’s Reward Card, which gives them access to exclusive deals and discounts on a variety of national brands and local retailers.

Alfred Lodge is named after King Alfred the Great who created the ‘Burgh of Brydian’ establishing the town as a burgh in the 9th century. The development offers the best of both worlds - a peaceful green corner right in the heart of town. Situated adjacent to Bridport Millennium Green, it benefits from stunning views yet is also well located for the bustling High Street, which is home to a number of independent family-run shops, well-known high street stores and a popular street market.

Bridport lies around a mile from the coast at West Bay, a charming fishing village on the famous Jurassic Coastline, with large stretches of shingle beaches either side of a small harbour with pleasure crafts and fishing boats. The South West Coast Path, the longest National Trail in the country passes along the cliffs at West Bay and is perfect for an afternoon stroll, enjoying the far-reaching views across the Devon Coastline and observing the local wildlife.

To find out more about the apartments available at Alfred Lodge which is already over 50% sold, visit the Show Complex open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm or call 01308 287 877.