Lynwood Village, the new retirement development currently under construction in Rise Road, Sunninghill, received the Royal seal of approval on Monday 23rd September, when His Royal Highness (HRH) Prince Michael of Kent GCVO laid the foundation stone of the state-of-the-art care centre which will form part of the development along with high quality apartments and cottages.

HRH Prince Michael was warmly welcomed by senior managers of BEN, the automotive industry charity, which is developing Lynwood Village, includingChief Executive, David Main; Director of Care Services,Jenny Brown; and Finance Director, Beata Felmer. He also met with the trustees who serve on the Lynwood Development Committee.

Also present were leading local dignitaries includingCouncillor Andrew Jenner, The Worshipful the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and Mrs Julia Jenner, Mayoress of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. David Issott, Managing Director of Willmott Dixon Housing, the construction firm responsible, was also present.

After viewing a scale model of the development and hearing about the concept behind the build and the objectives of the Village, the Prince laid the foundation stone of the new care centre with a silver trowel engraved with the date of the occasion.

The new care centre will incorporate leading aspects of global best practice and design and will replace the existing care centre, offering residents a host of modern facilities in which to receive the exemplary care already offered at Lynwood.The provision of an on-site care centre is an extra benefit of Lynwood Village, offering reassurance to potential property owners that nursing care is available should they need it in the future.

David Main, BEN’s Chief Executive, commented: “It was a great honour to welcome HRH, Prince Michael of Kent to Lynwood Village, and a moment of great pride when he laid the foundation stone.A Royal visit was also a great way to say a big thank you to the many people who have worked extremely hard to bring us to this point.

“Lynwood Village is incredibly important to Berkshire. The development will provide a safe and caring environment for many people in later life; allowing people to spend their retirement near friends and families as well as attracting new residents to the area.”

Following a visit to the impressive show property, the Prince joined the forty other guests for lunch, during which he cut a cake to mark the occasion and was presented with a copy of the book: “The Heart of an Industry – BEN’s one hundred year story” outlining the way in which the charity’s care and support has developed over the years to meet the changing needs in society.

Graham Sweetinburgh –
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