VIP guest reopens Mowbray Court after £1m refurb
Celebrity diet and fitness expert Rosemary Conley CBE was the VIP guest when Mowbray Court, a Retirement Housing scheme in Melton Mowbray, was officially reopened following a £1m refurbishment.
She cut the ribbon to celebrate the official reopening alongside the Mayor and Mayoress of the Borough of Melton, Councillor David Wright and Mrs Maureen Wright.
The event at the court in Egerton View also featured singing by pupils from Ambergate Sports College and Sandon School, part of Grantham Additional Needs Fellowship (GANF). Sixth form hospitality students from GANF also provided refreshments, while Pro Discos & Entertainment provided music for the day.
Mowbray Court manager Michelle Reeves said: “We’ve had a fantastic day to celebrate the refurbishment.
“It was wonderful to have Rosemary here, she spent a lot of time chatting to the residents and they really enjoyed meeting her.”
Rosemary Conley said: “As we get older it is essential that we are able to live in a safe, manageable and enjoyable environment.
“The newly refurbished Mowbray Court now offers very comfortable accommodation for its residents, providing everything they need to enable them to remain fit, active and healthy, and to retain their independence for as long as possible.”
The court has undergone a complete refurbishment, with upgraded kitchens and bathrooms installed in the 45 flats and studio apartments, and a makeover for the communal areas, including the large residents’ lounge. A new emergency alarm system and fire alarm system have been fitted as well.
The work at Mowbray Court is part of a wider programme of investment that will see Housing & Care 21 invest £135m in our housing stock over the next five years.
Staff were on hand throughout the event to show people around the site.
“The work took nine months, so we also wanted to say thank you to the residents for their patience. But we are very happy with the results, the place looks great!,” added Michelle.
Rosemary Conley is one of the UK’s foremost diet and fitness experts, with 45 years’ experience helping people to lose weight and get fitter. She has written 38 bestselling books, created 31 fitness DVDs and videos and presented more than 400 cookery programmes on television.
She now chairs one of the UK’s leading online weight loss clubs and supports numerous local and national charities.
Pictured from left: Rosemary Conley CBE; James McCarthy, Housing & Care 21’s Director of Retirement Housing; Michelle Reeves, Mowbray Court Manager; Bruce Moore, Chief Executive of Housing & Care 21; Mayoress Mrs Maureen Wright; Martin Sawers, Retirement Housing Manager for Housing & Care 21; Mayor Councillor David Wright.