Fred Dinenage with House Manager Angela Skose, homeowners and guests

Tv’s Fred Dinenage brings a touch of showbiz to retiree event in Charlton Hayes


Television favourite, Fred Dinenage MBE – whose career has spanned over five decades – has delighted local retirees from Bristol with tales from his time on screen, when he attended the official opening of McCarthy Stone’s Hamilton House Retirement Living development in Charlton Hayes on 10 April. 

The TV stalwart – whose varied career has seen him present shows including ‘How’, ‘How 2’ and ‘Pass The Buck’, as well as a long stint as news anchor on ITV Meridan – joined guests including homeowners, staff and members of the public to talk about his illustrious career.    

Attendees heard first-hand about some of the breaking news stories he has reported over the years, as well as the many factual books he has written – and ghost written – including an autobiography on the infamous Kray Brothers.

Fred commented: “It was a pleasure to visit the guests at Hamilton House and give a talk on my colourful television career. The development provides an excellent solution for those looking to enjoy an independent and active lifestyle in retirement, and I enjoyed meeting and chatting to homeowners. It’s clear everyone values the quality of life afforded by their surroundings and the freedom of having a range of services on their doorstep.”

Nicki Beswarick, Marketing Manager for McCarthy Stone Southern, commented: “We would like to thank Fred for taking the time to visit Hamilton House. He was truly delightful and he really made our official opening special. Guests thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to quiz one of Britain’s longest serving broadcasters, and to meet a familiar face who has been gracing their television screens for so many years.

“This particular event is just one example of the many regular and varied social activities we organise for homeowners. Not only do these get-togethers provide an opportunity for companionship, they also help to showcase the fantastic close-knit community which has been created here.”  

Combining the best in modern living and low-maintenance design, the spacious one and two-bedroom privately-owned apartments at Hamilton House offers the perfect solution for retirees who are looking to maintain their independence while enjoying the peace-of-mind provided by additional security measures.

Designed for the over 60s, Hamilton House features a homeowners’ lounge which is ideal for socialising with friends and a hotel-style guest suite for when friends or relatives wish to stay.  The landscaped gardens, herb garden and boules court are maintained by a team of experts; while a House Manager is on hand to take care of the smooth-running of the development. 

A security entrance system and 24-hour emergency call points provide added reassurance for homeowners and their families. 

Hamilton House is situated in a new suburb, six miles north of Bristol city centre, and within easy access of a host of local amenities, including a supermarket, hairdressers and bank.  Homeowners will also benefit from excellent transport links, including local bus stops within walking distance and a train station just over a mile away. 
Prices at Hamilton House currently start from just £175,000 for a one bedroom apartment and £245,000 for a two-bedroom apartment.

More than nine out of ten customers would recommend McCarthy Stone to a friend, ensuring it has received the full Five Star award for customer satisfaction from the Home Builders Federation for 13 years’ running.  McCarthy Stone is the only UK housebuilder of any size or type to achieve this accolade for 13 years, which is every year the awards have been run.

For more information on Hamilton House, call 0800 201 4742 or visit