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Publication date:- 2017-01-07

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Green fingered retirees inspire children in Southport

CHILDREN from Marshide Primary School in Southport visited McCarthy and Stone's Brunlees Court Retirement Living Plus development on Cambridge Road this week, to brush up on their gardening skills with the help of some of the development's green fingered homeowners.

As part of its 40th Anniversary celebrations, the UK's leading retirement housebuilder, McCarthy and Stone, has pledged its support for Royal Voluntary Service. Inspired by the charity's annual 'GrandFest' event, which puts the spotlight on the heritage skills older people have, McCarthy and Stone invited homeowners from Brunlees Court, Southport, to lead a master class on gardening with the pupils from the School Council, at Marshide Primary School.

Anna Sawyer, Year 6 Class Teacher from Marshide Primary School, said:- "The children thoroughly enjoyed their morning of gardening at Brunlees Court and it was great to see homeowners Steph, Mary and Elizabeth helping the children plant the beautiful flowers in the gardens. We are grateful to McCarthy and Stone for inviting us to the development, and we hope everyone at Brunlees Court enjoys their lovely garden in the coming months."

Fiona Brooks, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for McCarthy and Stone, said:- "We would like to extend our thanks to the children from Marshide Primary School who displayed some excellent gardening skills during their visit to Brunlees Court. The day proved to be a fitting celebration of the older generation and the skills they are able to pass on to young people. A tight knit community and companionship are among the many benefits of living at a McCarthy and Stone development. Local children planting flowers with the help of homeowners Steph, Mary and Elizabeth, is a fantastic example of the sense of community spirit here at Brunlees Court and we look forward to continuing to build on our relationship with Marshide Primary School."

Steph Ball, homeowner at Brunlees Court, said:- "It was my pleasure to help children from Marshide Primary School plant flowers in the ground of Brunlees Court. I have always got so much pleasure from gardening and it is wonderful to be in the position of passing this on to others."

Brunlees Court comprises a stunning collection of 62, 1 and 2 bedroom apartments designed exclusively for the over 65's. Prices currently start from ₤144,999, for a 1 bedroom apartment and from ₤224,999, for a 2 bedroom apartment.

Facilities at Brunlees Court include a Homeowners' Lounge, ideal for socialising with friends; beautifully landscaped gardens in which to relax; and a convenient guest suite, should homeowners have friends or relatives to stay. The development also features its very own restaurant which prepares freshly cooked meals, as well as domestic support and assistance packages to help homeowners manage their day to day lives. An Estates Manager takes care of the smooth running of the development; while security entrance systems and 24 hour emergency call points provide added peace of mind for homeowners and their families.

To find out more about Brunlees Court, please go online or call:- 0800 310 0385. For more general information about McCarthy and Stone, including plans for its 40th Anniversary celebrations, please go to:- McCarthyAndStone.Co.UK.


Walton Festival taking place this weekend

THE popular Walton Festival is back!  The free event, which returned in 2016 for the 1st time since the 1990s, is taking place from 11am until 6pm, on Saturday 15 July 2017 and Sunday, 16 July 2017, at Walton Hall Park, Merseyside. Highlights include:-

►  A farmers market and a local makers market featuring local traders.
►  Pets Corner including falconry displays and donkey/pony rides.
►  A funfair with a ferris wheel, waltzers, carousel and other old time attractions.
►  Live music stage.
►  Dance and sport.
►  Physical activity displays and taster sessions.
►  Free children's entertainment and play areas.
►  A military zone featuring vehicle and displays of equipment.

There is also a classic car and bike display on Saturday organised by Aintree Circuit Club, and a 5k fun run on Sunday, 16 July 2017, at 10am. Walton Festival is being organised with support from Liverpool City Council and local housing associations LHT and LMH. Councillor Roy Gladden, Chair of the Walton Festival organising committee said:- "Walton Festival proved hugely popular when it returned last year. We have consulted with schools, community organisations, local businesses and residents about what else they would like to see at the festival as it's very much their event. There is already a buzz in the local community and all we need is for the sun to come out and we'll be set for a great weekend."

For the latest about the event search Walton Festival on Facebook.

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