TV’s Fred Dinenage Brings A Touch of Showbiz to Retiree Event in Hanham

31 July 2019

Television favourite, Fred Dinenage MBE – whose career has spanned over five decades – delighted local retirees from Bristol with tales from his time on screen, when he attended the official opening of McCarthy and Stone’s Magpie Court Retirement Living Plus development in Hanham, Bristol.

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 Magpie Court 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.”

Ciara Hilley, Divisional Marketing Manager for McCarthy and Stone, commented: “We would like to thank Fred for taking the time to visit Magpie Court. 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 already been created here.”  

Designed for over 70s, Magpie Court features an on-site bistro, a homeowners’ lounge which is ideal for socialising with friends and new neighbours, beautifully landscaped gardens in which to relax, and a convenient guest suite should friends or relatives wish to stay. 

Homeowners at the development benefit from having an Estates Management team on-site 24 hours a day; and tailored care packages and domestic support will be available for those who need a helping hand.  A security entrance system and emergency call points will provide added peace-of-mind for homeowners and their families. 

Located in the Bristol suburb of Hanham, Magpie Court is ideally situated for easy access to a variety of local amenities, including a supermarket, bank and post office. There are also excellent public transport links to both Bath and Bristol. 

For the first time, McCarthy and Stone customers in Hanham can also choose from a range of flexible Retirement Living Plus solutions to suit them and their personal circumstances, whether they prefer to rent at Magpie Court or to take advantage of the part buy, part rent option.

Furthermore, in August there has never been a better time to move. For a limited time, McCarthy and Stone will pay stamp duty on selected new apartments at Magpie Court for reservations made before 31st August 2019, provided the completion date is no later than 25th of October 2019. For full terms and conditions visit:  

Alternatively, for those interested in renting in retirement at Magpie Court, McCarthy and Stone will pay one month’s rent, inclusive of service charge, on selected new apartments for reservations made before 31st August 2019, providing the move in date is no later than 25th October 2019. For full terms and conditions visit:

For more information on Magpie Court, call 0800 201 4811 or visit