Fiona Phillips has officially opened Anchor’s new Bishopstoke Park retirement village in Hampshire on Thursday 12 May

The journalist and broadcaster, best known for her 12 years on the GMTV sofa, enjoyed a tour of the luxurious retirement apartments and village facilities, which include a bistro, gym, spa, swimming pool, salon, library, café, shop and landscaped gardens. 

She then joined the Mayor of Eastleigh, Jane Walsh, Anchor Chief Executive Jane Ashcroft CBE and over 200 guests from the village and the local community in raising a glass to Bishopstoke Park and cutting the cake to declare the village officially open.

Speaking at the event, Fiona said: “From meeting the Anchor team and taking a tour of the village today, I can already tell that residents will be very happy here at Bishopstoke Park.

“The combination of luxurious on-site facilities, thoughtful design and the peace of mind that support is always on hand should you need it creates a wonderfully calm atmosphere. I eagerly await my own retirement!”

Jane Ashcroft CBE, Chief Executive of Anchor, said: “We are very pleased to be opening this luxurious retirement development in Hampshire and we look forward to becoming part of the local community. We are due to launch another village in Yateley in June, which I hope will be equally successful.

“With over 45 years of experience, Anchor prides itself on giving older people a choice of great places to live, and Bishopstoke Park certainly embodies that ethos.”

Kevin Young, General Manager at Bishopstoke Park, added: “We are all excited to finally celebrate our grand opening today. I look forward to welcoming visitors and residents alike to our beautiful village.”

Bishopstoke Park offers more than 90 independent and assisted living apartments for over-55s, with a wealth of on-site facilities and a 24 hour support team so that residents can enjoy retirement surrounded by like-minded people with the peace of mind that help is always available if required. There is also a 48-bed care home on the site, offering both residential care and specialist dementia support.  

The development is part of Anchor, England’s largest not-for-profit provider of housing and care to older people. A reserve list for Bishopstoke Park retirement village Phase 2 is now open. Apartment plans and prices are to be released in Autumn 2016.

Find out more about Bishopstoke Park here.

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