Couple win cash for naming new retirement homes

Mr and Mrs Franklin
Mr and Mrs Franklin

A couple have been announced as the lucky winners of a competition to name Churchill Retirement Living’s new development on Victoria Road in Bicester.

Henry and Jean Franklin, who have lived in Bicester for 44 years, were presented with a cheque for £100 at a naming ceremony for the new Linden Lodge development in the town.

Mr Franklin said: “We saw the competition advertised and thought of a number of names but decided to settle on Linden Lodge. The development is situated between Victoria and Linden Road and so we thought that Linden Lodge had a nice ring to it. We’re thrilled to have won!”

Rachel Walsh, Regional Sales Manager for Churchill Retirement Living, said: “Churchill Retirement Living likes to involve the local community in choosing the names for its developments and often does so by running a competition asking for suggestions. We received a vast number of entries for the new Bicester development and we are pleased to have awarded Mr and Mrs Franklin with their winning cheque.”

Linden Lodge, which is currently under construction, is located just to the edge of the town centre and will comprise 42 private, self-contained apartments that are specially designed for retired owners, with features such as a video-entry system, lift to all floors, a 24 hour care and support system, and a lodge manager.

Communal facilities include an Owners’ Lounge, Guest Suite and landscaped gardens. Like all Churchill Retirement Living Developments, the location has been chosen for convenience and is within easy walking distance of the wide selection of shops and amenities of Bicester town centre and has good public transport links.

Linden Lodge is due to launch in autumn. For more information or to register your interest, please call 0800 458 1856 or visit