DOWNSIZING IS UPSIZING AT PIERMONT HOUSE Shanly Homes highlights: according to Rightmove, downsizing is the main reason for UK buyers to move house in 9 out of 10 regions in England and Wales, with 40% of buyers looking to buy a smaller home. Perfect for this market, the nine exclusive two and three bedroom apartments and duplexes at Piermont House in Beckenham, Kent by Shanly Homes offer all the benefits of downsizing to a new home, including equity release, less maintenance and lower energy bills. Due to their central location, spacious design, external living space and high specification they also ensure buyers are upsizing their lives to ensure an exciting fresh new start. Karen Tibbs, Head of Sales and Marketing at Shanly Homes comments: “Downsizing offers homeowners the opportunity to release money to fund holidays and trips abroad or assist children with buying their own home. Many also take advantage of de-cluttering their lifestyle and getting rid of unwanted household items, leaving them feeling they ‘should have done it sooner’ once they have made the often emotive decision to move.” Piermont House offers ideal apartments for downsizers with spacious rooms, wide entrance halls and stunning fully fitted kitchens to ensure couples have plenty of independent space during retirement. Each property also has a patio, balcony or roof terrace to enjoy the outdoors and even some gardening if desired. In addition, the three duplex apartments have a spiral staircase leading to a study and private roof terrace, which could be used as a hobbies room, guest bedroom or playroom for the grandchildren. The apartments have been stylishly designed with fully fitted kitchens complete with stone work tops and integrated appliances including a wine cooler. All bedrooms include fitted wardrobes to ensure plenty of storage space and the spacious master bedroom enjoys en-suite facilities, many of which include a separate bath and shower. There is also an additional family bathroom. Each property has an audio visual entry system, as well as wiring for a security alarm. There are allocated parking spaces, carports, and cycle storage is set behind electric entrance gates. Located on Overbury Avenue, a wide tree lined road within walking distance of the town centre, which has a distinct village atmosphere, the development is near a great selection of cafes, bars and restaurants. There is also an excellent range of leisure facilities nearby, to ensure older people can enjoy an active and healthy lifestyle, which according to academics at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute can add six years to your life expectancy. These include The Spa at Beckenham, a David Lloyd fitness centre, tennis club, golf facilities at Langley Park and Beckenham Place. Beckenham has more parks and open space than the rest of the Bromley borough, including Kelsey Park which is located just around the corner from Piermont House. Boasting boasts lakes and rich wildlife, it is an ideal setting to take the grandchildren for the afternoon. For downsizers with a love of the arts, theatre and all the activities on offer in London, Beckenham has eight railway stations offering fast and easy access across the capital. This includes Beckenham Junction with services to London Victoria in just 23 minutes, London Bridge in 35 minutes and St Pancras Eurostar Terminal in 37 minutes. By road, Junction 4 of the M25 is only 8.5 miles away, whilst the town is also one of the termini of the Croydon tram link. The apartments at Piermont House are available from £499,950. For further sales information, please call 020 8658 4274 or visit www.shanlyhomes.com.
New 24 hour dementia helpline: 0800 500 3014
Do you have any questions about dementia or concerns about your memory or the memory of someone close to you? Perhaps you need someone to talk to and would prefer to discuss your feelings anonymously.
If you care for someone with dementia and need support, you can call for help or advice using the new 24 hour dementia helpline on 0800 500 3014. Your telephone call is free from a landline.
For more information, email email@example.com or visit the website: http://www.dementiawebkentandmedway.org.uk/24-hour-helpline.html
Dial 2 Drive has been shortlisted for the Heart of the Community, run by the Kent and Sussex Courier and Sevenoaks Chronicle.
The feature will appear in the papers on the 11th November along with the first voting coupon. Two further coupons will be printed in the 18th and 25th Nov papers.
Any votes for Dial 2 Drive would be greatly appreciated. You can send in your votes in one envelope, saving on the cost of postage, but they must reach the Courier by midday on 2nd Dec 2011. Please feel free to send/drop voting forms in to either office:
17-19 Monson Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 1LS
Knole Academy, Bradbourne Vale Road, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 3LE
Many thanks for your support of this Community Transport Scheme for people unable to access public transport due to older age, illness or disability in West Kent.
Calling, church goers, choirs, and those who like to dress up
BBC Songs of Praise is coming to Gravesend and will be filming over two evenings in November, at St. George’s Church, in the town centre.
Links to all information is here: http://www.dickensfellowship.org/costumed-filming-bbc-gravesend-kent
They are looking for a costumed congregation for a Dickensian Christmas Special followed by a second filming (not in costume) for Lent 2012 to be filmed the following day.
The filming dates are the evenings of: Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th November and you have to apply direct to BBC for tickets (all forms are on the above link).Virginie Whittaker Tourism Manager TOWNCENTRIC Gravesend Town Centre Regeneration & Information Centre 18a St George's Square, Gravesend, Kent, DA11 0TB Tel: 01474 338001 Fax: 01474 337601
The ideal place to visit and stay - just 24 minutes to London St Pancras and 12 to Stratford and the Olympic Village
Gravesham Borough Council - Connecting with the Community
Another brilliant idea from Kent.
We have been asked to publicise the following service which we think looks really helpful and is the kind of project DropBy wants to promote and support.
A new service for people who have found themselves single & isolated due to the death or separation of a partner.
Participants can come and learn a new skill and have fun while they socialise with like-minded people.
A 12 week series of workshops to equip participants with practical skills
Personal safety and home security
Online and telephone banking
Basic car maintenance
Healthy eating and cooking for one
Each course will incorporate a social event, such as a pub lunch or theatre trip.
CAMEO groups will provide an extended social circle and
opportunities to learn new and essential life skills. CAMEO will
help people to help themselves and one another. The project will
support isolated people to learn new skills and to become
involved in adult learning, volunteering and new
social friendships. The project aims to foster a spirit of
community involvement and to empower people to become involved in
decisions that affect their lives and their communities.
If this is you, then do not be alone, come along and learn a new skill, have fun whilst you socialise with like-minded people.
CAMEO – Come and Meet Each Other
Voluntary Action West Kent
19 Monson Road
Kent TN1 1LS
01892 530330 ext. 511
The Kent High Weald Partnership would like to help you Eat Yourself Fit!
We will be transforming community and private gardens over a
course of 8 practical taster sessions for the over 50s.
Taking place in and around Tunbridge Wells, all tools and training will be provided by our team of wildlife gardening experts.
Participants can learn about;
· Wildlife gardening
· Growing your own food
· Countryside volunteering
· Urban Gardening Club
· Local food growing schemes
For more information on how you can join in this lottery funded project, please contact Sarah Tree on 01580 212972.
It would be appreciated if you could forward this information to any interested parties.
Partnership Officer (Assistant)
Kent High Weald Countryside Partnership
Kent TN17 2SJ
Tel: 01580 212972
'Linking community & countryside'