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Alan Titchmarsh Attends Grand Opening Of Baldock Retirement Community

Posted 14 November 2023 by Keith Osborne

McCarthy Stone welcomed the legendary broadcaster to the Grand Opening of its Norton Place development for over-70s...

Baldock retirees were delighted to welcome celebrity guest Alan Titchmarsh MBE to join them in celebrating the Grand Opening of a new Retirement Living Plus development on Icknield Way.

Bringing with him nearly 60 years of gardening expertise, Alan took lead of the celebrations at McCarthy Stone’s Norton Place with a demonstration on planting in cold weather and winter bedding before a ceremonial ribbon cutting.

Guests at the event, including homeowners at Norton Place and their friends and family, spent time getting to know Alan in the Owners Lounge over a glass of fizz and canapes, before embarking on a guided tour of the communal facilities within the community.

Commenting on his visit, Alan Titchmarsh said: “I was delighted to be invited to Norton Place for the Grand Opening. It was so wonderful to meet with all the homeowners and their guests, and an absolute joy to be a part of the celebrations here in Baldock.”

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Sam Watkins, divisional sales director at McCarthy Stone, added: “The opening was a fantastic occasion and our guests thoroughly enjoyed meeting Alan and hearing his top tips when it comes to winter gardening. On behalf of the team and our homeowners, we’d like to say a huge thank you to Alan for making it such a memorable experience, over 100 people attended the event, it was a huge success. We would like to thank the Letchworth Men’s Community Shed for making the planter that Alan used and also Bickerdikes Garden Centre in Letchworth for helping out with all the plants and accessories.

Norton Place provides a unique brand of retirement living in the local area with independence and community at its heart. With a wealth of social activity on offer and a friendly Estate Management team on-hand, homeowners and their families can enjoy peace of mind that everything is taken care of, and help is nearby should they ever need it.”

Norton Place consists of 57 one and two-bedroom low-maintenance apartments designed to enable the over-70s to enjoy independence during retirement. The community provides a safe and friendly living environment with a 24-hour emergency call system, door camera entry, and an estates manager who oversees the running of the development, as well as an experienced team offering flexible care packages to suit individual needs. Homeowners can also benefit from the range of shared spaces, including a licensed bistro serving seasonal dishes daily, a wellness suite, landscaped courtyard gardens, a spacious communal lounge and a private dining room.

Flexible purchase options, including part-buy, part-rent, make retiring in style more accessible. For those who wish to purchase outright, prices start from £299,995 for a one-bedroom apartment and from £418,000 for a two-bedroom home. Find out more about Norton Place from McCarthy Stone.


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