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Residents at McCarthy & Stone developments may have downsized to a smaller property, but it doesn’t mean they have to downsize on Christmas, especially when they are part of a warm and close-knit community.

McCarthy & Stone developments are well into the festive season. They are alive with Christmas decorations and a full-on activity programme that includes welcoming school choirs and visits from the cheery fellow with a white beard.

At Shilling Place, a Retirement Living development in Purbrook, residents brought joy to the local community with a Christmas tree they helped decorate in the town as part of St John’s Church Festival of Trees.

Over at Austen Place, a Retirement Living Plus development in Alton, residents were treated to a warming glass of mulled wine whilst enjoying live renditions of traditional Christmas carols from the Anstey Junior School choir.

At Clarendon House in Poole, the Ocean Academy school choir took centre stage to perform some festive favourites, while at Heathlands, a Retirement Living development in Farnham Common, seasonal songs from the talented school children of St Mary’s Farnham Royal C of E Primary School, brought different generations together.

Residents from Elizabeth Court in Market Harborough arranged for Father Christmas to pay a visit to local children from Meadowdale Primary School as a surprise thank you for the wonderful festive performance they gave them.

Events such as these are all part of McCarthy & Stone’s series of ‘At Home’ events. Inspired by the old Victoria tradition, an ‘At Home’ day was a grand social custom where women would send calling cards to their acquaintances inviting them round for tea.

Looking back on this fond custom, McCarthy & Stone residents were given their own personal calling cards to send out to friends and family, as well as to older people from the wider community to come and join in the festivities and to feel ‘At Home’.

Geoff Bates of McCarthy & Stone said: “At Christmas community really matters.

“Shared experiences and staying active and independent is at the centre of each one of our developments.

“They are spaces where residents can meet others, swap stories with our organised events which are tailored to the needs and interests of each development.

“We encourage everyone to join us in raising a glass and adding a bit of sparkle to the start of their festive season.”

To get involved or learn more general information about Christmas events and activities at McCarthy & Stone developments up and down the country, please visit: www.mccarthyandstone.co.uk/Christmas, or get in touch by calling 0800 201 4811.

Shilling Place

Austen Place

Clarendon House

Heathlands

Elizabeth Place