Colchester retirees enjoyed an afternoon of Military history with a ‘March into March’ event hosted by ABF, the Soldier’s Charity, at McCarthy and Stone’sLancer House Retirement Living Plus development.
The team at the development on Butt Road opened its doors to local people for an afternoon of tea, cake and a masterclass covering the history of the Colchester Military in the lead up to the 75th anniversary of VE day later this year.
The afternoon was led by Simon Ferrier, Briefing and Liaison Officer London and East Anglia for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, the national charity of the British Army, providing a lifetime of support to soldiers, veterans and their immediate families.
As well as meeting residents and guests, Simon talked to attendeesabout the history of Colchester Garrisonover 2000 years. All those who attended the event also had the opportunity to take a tour of the remaining apartments at Lancer House, meet the McCarthy and Stone team, and chat with retirees who are already living at the development.
Simon was posted to Colchester as a soldier with 3 Para in September 2000 and was based out of Hyderabad Barracks. He says: “It was a wonderful opportunity to meet local people and chat to them about the military history in Colchester, and commemorate the fantastic men and women that made many sacrifices. I hope guests enjoyed the presentation and learning about the role that Colchester played in the war.”
Julie Ward, National Sales Director for McCarthy and Stone, said: “We want to say a huge thank you to Simon and the team at ABF the Soldiers’ Charity for hosting a fantastic afternoon of military history to guests and residents at Lancer House.
“Lancer House was named in honour of the British Army cavalry regiment.Today, Lancer House stands in place of the Army’s Eastern District Headquarters; with McCarthy and Stone’s development named in honour of their courageous services, so it was an honour to learn all about those who proceeded us.
“The event was a great opportunity to showcase the range of events programme available to residents at Lancer House, as well as offering the chance for local people to see how Retirement Living Plus at Lancer Housecould help them to get the most out of their retirement.”
McCarthy and Stone’s Retirement Living Plus developments are designed exclusively for the over 70s, and offer retirees the opportunity to maintain an independent lifestyle, while also having access to tailored domestic and personal assistance packages.
Comprising a selection of one and two bedroom Retirement Living Plus apartments, facilities at Lancer Houseinclude a stylish communal lounge, ideal for socialising; beautiful landscaped gardens in which to relax; and a guest suite, which provides a comfortable stay for visiting family and friends.
Designed to provide complete peace-of-mind, there is an Estates team on hand around the clock, along with a security entrance system and 24-hour emergency call points. A bistro-style restaurant serves fresh and nutritious meals daily for those who do not wish to cook in their apartments, and domestic and personalised care packages can be tailored to suit individuals.
Situated less than two miles from the centre of the UK’s oldest recorded town, residents at Lancer House are in close proximity of an abundance of restaurants and cafes, several banks, and a variety of museums and galleries. Colchester retirees can also enjoy walks along the River Colne, as well as visits to Colchester Castle.
To find out more about Lancer House, please contact McCarthy and Stone on 0800 201 4811 or visit www.mccarthyandstone.co.uk.