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COUNTY LIFEMATTERS


The Bedford Swan REVEALS A NEW ART-DECO INSPIRED BRASSERIE


Beautiful new show homes now open


AT NEWLY-UNVEILED GISLINGHAM HOUSING DEVELOPMENT


Leading house buiLder LoveLL homes has unveiled two stunning new show homes at its recently-launched St Mary’s View development in the Suffolk village of Gislingham. The three-bedroom Ash and four-bedroom Elm show homes, both of which have unique interior designs created by the experts at Edward Thomas Interiors, recently opened their doors to would-be buyers at the select development.


the bedford swan is CurrentLy in the seCond phase of a £5 miLLion refurbishment following the purchase of the hotel by Distinct Group, who also own The Hotel Cromwell in Old Stevenage, as well as Rump and Wade British Brasserie, which has become a fabulous addition to the High Street.


Whether you are looking for a place to stay, dine, meet or party, this stunning venue is perfect for any special occasion. Steeped in history and full of character, The Swan’s function room on the first floor, The State Room has been beautifully refurbished and the hotel has seen the introduction of a brand-new British Brasserie, Pen & Cob. Overlooking the River Great Ouse, Pen & Cob is a new art-deco inspired brasserie with a signature cocktail list, exclusive British menu and an exciting wine and drinks list, all served in a unique, contemporary boutique style. With floor-to-ceiling windows you’ll want to have pride of place at the poseur tables overlooking the river and with the living-wall inspired prints and luxury fabric chairs and stools, Pen & Cob’s seasonal dishes won’t be the only thing you’ll be admiring. The Bedford Swan refurbishment continues with plans including a new Spa atrium with a sauna, steam room and food and beverage areas and new tea rooms. Their outdoor embankment dining space is currently being refurbished. They’ll also be doubling the size of the residents’ lounge and refurbishing the remaining function spaces and all 113 guest bedrooms. If you would like to book a table at Pen and Cob visit www.penandcob.co.uk or if you would like to enquire about The Bedford Swan hotel, function or meeting rooms, email events@bedfordswanhotel.co.uk. or call 01234 346565


St Mary’s View, Thornham Road, is a stunning collection of three, four and five-bedrooms detached homes with a tranquil yet well-connected setting that’s bursting with rural charm. Adrian Garrood, regional sales manager for Lovell, said: “We were delighted to reveal the Ash and Elm show homes to would-be buyers at St Mary’s View.


“Around 40 people attended the opening of the show homes and we received lots of positive feedback as well as three reservations plus two early bird reservations.” What’s more, quick-off-the-mark purchasers will be rewarded for getting in early with a wide range of colour choices, including inspiration items, allowing them to completely personalise their new home (subject to build stage). St Mary’s View currently has a variety of homes to reserve from £300,000. For further information contact the sales team on 01379 953 496, or visit www.lovell.co.uk/developments/st-marys-view-gislingham


Quantum Care Pays Tribute TO THE HATTERS


Quantum Care’s Care home in Luton, Trefoil House, was recently host to three of Luton Town’s footballers; midfielder Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu, goalkeeper James Shea and ex-winger Michael Cullen who is a resident at Trefoil House. The three had come together to open the home’s new shop, aptly named The Hatters. At 25 and 27 years old respectively, Pelly and James are more than 60 years younger than resident Michael, who is 87 and began his career with the club in 1948. Age was no barrier however, as the three of them enjoyed chatting about life at Luton Town, and the difference between being a footballer now and all those years ago. Michael was also really pleased to receive some old newspapers and history books, featuring the club, and donated by the club, which will now take pride of place in the shop. Michael was particularly delighted to


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discover a photograph of himself taken with the team in 1955. As well as being home to Michael, Trefoil House is home to 75 other residents from the Luton area, many of whom are Hatters fans. The shop will sell toiletries, sweets,


drinks, clothing and knick knacks, and is open to residents as well as local neighbours. Home Manager Julie Hutchings said: “It is not always easy for our residents to get out and about, so the shop gives people the opportunity to buy items they need independently. It is also handy for visi- tors to pick up gifts for their loved ones. We are so grateful to the support we have had from Luton Town Football Club, both with the shop and the


kindness they have extended to Michael.” Photograph features Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu, goalkeeper James Shea and ex-winger Michael Cullen.


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