TV's Fred Dinenage celebrates with retirees in Melksham

Television and news presenter Fred Dinenage MBE was joined by local retirees for the Grand Opening of McCarthy and Stone’s, latest Melksham development, Meadowsweet Place.

Fred, who has enjoyed a successful TV career spanning more than 50 years, visited the Retirement Living development on Spa Road to share his experiences as a presenter, and to provide an insight into some of the many breaking news stories he has reported on over the years.

Guests also heard first-hand about Fred’s experience of hosting much-loved quiz shows such as ‘Pass The Buck’ and ‘Gambit’; and he talked about 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 Meadowsweet Place and give a talk on my colourful television career. The development provides an excellent solution for retirees 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 and Stone Southern, commented: “We are delighted so many of Melksham’s retirees and their families joined us for the grand opening of Meadowsweet Place and we are very grateful to Fred Dinenage for making it a day to remember!  As well as having the opportunity to meet Fred and to hear about his wonderful career, visitors were able to take a closer look at Meadowsweet Place and to find out more about the quality of life on offer at a McCarthy and Stone development.”

Designed exclusively for those aged 60 and over, Meadowsweet Place comprises 31 luxury one and two bedroom Retirement Living apartments, each with stunning modern interiors. The development provides luxury privately-owned apartments, free from external maintenance, allowing homeowners to enjoy their independence in a safe and secure environment.

The development features a stunning Club lounge, ideal for socialising with friends, landscaped gardens, and a convenient guest suite should homeowners have friends or family to stay. Set in a prominent location, less than 300m from Melksham Market Place, homeowners at Meadowsweet Place can enjoy easy access to a host of local amenities.

Now 65 per cent sold, prices for the remaining one and two bedroom apartments at Meadowsweet Place are currently priced from £225,000 and £304,000 respectively.

For more information on Retirement Living in Melksham please contact McCarthy and Stone on 0800 201 4811, or visit