TV’s Fred Dinenage opens new retirement complex in Charlton Hayes

Photo of Fred Dinenage with house manager Angela Skose, homeowners and guests.

Television favourite Fred Dinenage MBE – whose career has spanned over five decades – delighted local retirees with tales from his time on screen when he attended the official opening of McCarthy & Stone’s Hamilton House Retirement Living development in Charlton Hayes on 10th April.

The TV stalwart – whose varied career has seen him present shows including ‘How’, ‘How 2’ and ‘Pass The Buck’, as well as a long stint as news anchor on ITV Meridian – joined guests including homeowners, staff and members of the public to talk about his illustrious career.

Attendees heard first-hand about some of the breaking news stories he has reported over the years, as well as the many factual books he has written – and ghost written – including an autobiography on the infamous Kray Brothers.

Fred commented:

“It was a pleasure to visit the guests at Hamilton House and give a talk on my colourful television career. The development provides an excellent solution for those looking to enjoy an independent and active lifestyle in retirement, and I enjoyed meeting and chatting to homeowners. It’s clear everyone values the quality of life afforded by their surroundings and the freedom of having a range of services on their doorstep.”

Nicki Beswarick, marketing manager for McCarthy & Stone Southern, commented:

“We would like to thank Fred for taking the time to visit Hamilton House. Our guests thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to quiz one of Britain’s longest-serving broadcasters, and to meet a familiar face who has been gracing their television screens for so many years.”

“This particular event is just one example of the many regular and varied social activities we organise for homeowners. Not only do these get-togethers provide an opportunity for companionship, they also help to showcase the fantastic close-knit community which has been created here.”

Combining the best in modern living and low-maintenance design, the spacious one- and two-bedroom privately-owned apartments at Hamilton House offer the perfect solution for retirees who are looking to maintain their independence while enjoying the peace-of-mind provided by additional security measures.

Designed for the over-60s, Hamilton House features a homeowners’ lounge, which is ideal for socialising with friends, and a hotel-style guest suite for when friends or relatives wish to stay. The landscaped gardens, herb garden and boules court are maintained by a team of experts; while a house manager is on hand to take care of the smooth-running of the development.

A security entrance system and 24-hour emergency call points provide added reassurance for homeowners and their families.

Prices at Hamilton House currently start from £175,000 for a one-bedroom apartment and £245,000 for a two-bedroom apartment.

• For more information on Hamilton House, call 0800 201 4742 or visit

Photo: Fred Dinenage (centre) cuts a ceremonial ribbon to mark the official opening of Hamilton House, with house manager Angela Skose, homeowners and guests.

This article originally appeared in the May 2019 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 26). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH (except August), to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.