'Grandmaker' inspires in Hinckley

27 June 2017

People in Hinckley took the opportunity to learn a new skill or to brush up on their own abilities at a special ‘GrandMaker’ event held at McCarthy and Stone’s Churchmead Court Retirement Living development on Argents Mead in Hinckley. 

As part of its 40th anniversary celebrations, the UK’s leading retirement housebuilder, McCarthy and Stone, has pledged its support for Royal Voluntary Service throughout 2017.  Inspired by the charity’s annual ‘GrandFest’ event, which puts the spotlight on the heritage skills older people have, McCarthy and Stone invited ‘GrandMaker’ Sandra Talmey to lead a masterclass on knitting at Churchmead Court. 

Cheryl Bissett, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for McCarthy and Stone East Midlands, said: “We were thrilled to welcome so many homeowners and local people to Churchmead Court for our ‘GrandMaker event’; and the day proved to be a fitting celebration of accomplished older craftspeople and the skills they are able to pass on to younger generations. 

“Following on from Sandra’s successful appearance at Royal Voluntary Service’s national ‘GrandFest’ event, we were very grateful to her for sharing her craft here in Hinckley; and for making our event a success, with a fun and informative workshop on knitting."

Sandra Talmey from Nottingham has been knitting for more than 60 years and was originally taught by her mother. As well as passing down her skills to her 13-year old granddaughter, Sandra also runs a knitting group called Knit Aid with the University of the Third Age. 

Commenting on her status as a GrandMaker, Sandra Talmey said: “It was my pleasure to visit McCarthy and Stone’s Churchmead Court development and to give people the opportunity to find out more about knitting or to pick up a new skill.  I get so much pleasure from practicing my craft and it is wonderful to be in the position of passing this on to others.” 

Facilities at Churchmead Court include a homeowners’ lounge ideal for socialising with friends; beautifully landscaped gardens in which homeowners can relax, and a convenient guest suite should homeowners have friends or relatives to stay. A House Manager takes care of the smooth-running of the development; while a security entrance system and 24-hour emergency call points provide added peace-of-mind for both homeowners and their families.

The Show Apartment, a ground floor two bedroom apartment is the last remaining apartment at Churchmead Court priced at £244,950. 

To find out more about Churchmead Court, please call 0800 310 0384 or click here.  For more general information about McCarthy and Stone, including plans for its 40th anniversary celebrations, please click here.

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