RESIDENTS at Barnes Lodge retirement apartments in Dorchester will be holding a garden party this week to mark a special birthday.

Chuchill Retirement Living, the developer of the apartments in Wessex Road, is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

Visitors to the event, which runs from 2pm to 4pm on Friday, will enjoy live music and refreshments including Pimms and strawberries and cream, There will also be a chance to look around the Barnes Lodge show complex.

Spencer McCarthy, chairman and group managing director for Churchill Retirement Living, said: “I’m very proud that in just 20 years, Churchill Retirement Living has become a nationwide success story.

“We are now the fastest growing retirement property developer in the UK. From just one tiny site in Salisbury in 1994, we now have 30 selling sites and last year alone we sold 375 apartments.”

He added: “Our garden party at Barnes Lodge is not only an opportunity for people in Dorchester to celebrate with us, but is also a chance for us to say thank you to our owners for choosing Churchill Retirement Living.”

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