McCarthy and Stone’s Audlem Team Extends the Hand of Friendship to Local School

03 October 2019

McCarthy and Stone, the housebuilder behind Lyme Wood Grange Retirement Living development on McKelvey Way in Audlem, has donated a buddy bench to neighbouring Audlem St James Primary School in order to help foster friendship outside of the classroom.

The brightly-coloured bench, which is now positioned in the playground, is intended to promote positive mental wellbeing, by giving pupils a special place where they can go if they are looking for a companion.

Fiona Brooks, Regional Sales and Marketing Director at McCarthy and Stone North West, said: “We are delighted that Audlem St James Primary School are making full use of the buddy bench.  We understand how important it is for people of any age to feel a sense of belonging and to have a friend they can turn to when they feel the need to talk.

Loneliness isn’t just something that affects older people – it can affect everyone, whatever their age. We hope pupils at Audlem St James Primary School continue to develop long-lasting friendships from the bench.”

Lyme Wood Grange features a stunning homeowners’ lounge, ideal for enjoying a catch-up with friends and neighbours; beautifully landscaped gardens, which are fully maintained by McCarthy and Stone’s expert team; and a guest suite, for when family members and friends come to stay. 

For added peace-of-mind, a House Manager is available to take care of the smooth-running of the development, and there is a 24 hour emergency call system should assistance be needed day or night. 

Lyme Wood Grange’s rural location in the village of Audlem perfectly combines an unspoilt traditional feel with a thriving community. The Shropshire Union Canal runs through the heart of the village, where barges meander their way through the nearby 15 rising locks, designed by the iconic Thomas Telford.

More than nine out of ten customers would recommend McCarthy and Stone to a friend, ensuring it has received the full Five Star award for customer satisfaction from the Home Builders Federation for 14 years’ running.  McCarthy and Stone is the only UK housebuilder of any size or type to achieve this accolade for 14 years, which is every year the awards have been run.

To find out more about Retirement Living at Lyme Wood Grange, call 0800 201 4811 or visit