A groundbreaking ceremony has marked the start of construction of a new development of much-needed new homes for older residents in Brighouse. The £11.3 million project will see Home Group, one of the UK’s largest providers of homes for sale and affordable rent, join forces with Calderdale Council, Leeds-based architect Brewster Bye and energy and regeneration specialist ENGIE, to construct 65 extra care apartments with some facilities specially designed for residents with dementia.Councillor Daniel Sutherland, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning, Housing and Environment, said: “We want people to be able to live independently and affordably within the community for as long as possible, and to enjoy a good quality of life. This impressive new development will provide decent homes for local people and more options with their care needs.”The development, which will be built on vacant land off Bramston Street, will include the construction of a new … [Read more...] about Work begins on £11.3m project to transform derelict Brighouse land
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A man who has experienced and enjoyed life to its fullest is celebrating a very special birthday. On Saturday, August 25, Bill Morrice celebrated his 100th birthday. To mark this special occasion, he looked back over his full and exciting life. William (Bill) Morrice, was born near Aberdeen on August 25, 1918 and lived on various farms until he was 14.When Bill turned 18 he joined the Boys’ Service where he was posted to Northern Ireland as he was in the Signals Regiment.Between the ages of 20 to 21 Bill served time in India during the Second World War. When he returned at the end of the war he was posted to the War Office, and after leaving the Army he worked until retiring for GCHQ. He then lived in Taunton until the age of 90 when he moved in with his daughter Maggie Snowdon and her husband at their home in Walberton.For his 100th birthday, big celebrations were in order and Maggie organised an birthday afternoon tea in the garden, where many of Bill’s relatives attended … [Read more...] about 100 years of memories to share with all
Retiring securely often boils down to having confidence in one's level of savings. And while there's no magic number that guarantees you won't spend down your nest egg too quickly, it stands to reason that the more you have saved, the greater your odds of maintaining an income stream for life. But there's another factor that can influence seniors' attitude about retirement: their health. In fact, new data from the Employee Benefit Research Institute shows a solid connection between good health and retirement confidence. As per a recently released study, 60% of near-retirees who are confident going into their golden years consider themselves to be in excellent or good health. The same holds true for 46% of current retirees whose health is strong. Seniors who aren't in good health, by contrast, are more likely to have trouble managing their money in retirement. IMAGE SOURCE: GETTY IMAGES. Of course, you can't snap your fingers and magically arrange for years of good health going forward. … [Read more...] about Good Health and Retirement Confidence Go Hand in Hand, Data Shows
It’s been four years since their last album and much has changed in the world of Manic Street Preachers . David Owens meets the band as they release their new album Resistance Is Futile. There's a cloud hanging over the Manics and it’s not just because of the rain that’s beating a path from the grey, slate scratched sky on the outskirts of Newport. This is Wales after all, as wet as a country can get without officially being declared part of the sea. Close to civilisation but through winding lanes and hedgerows, and at the head of a valley, there lies Manic Street Preachers’ new home Door To The River. While the name of their former studio Faster, which they departed in late 2016, bristled with the furious polemic of the song it was named after, Door To The River breathes in a lung full of country air. It’s not quite Last Of The Summer Wine with James, Nicky and Sean recast as Compo, Clegg and Foggy, but it does see the middle-aged, former firebrands … [Read more...] about Manic Street Preachers on new album, new studio and turning 50
SAVING for a happy retirement is a worry on many peoples’ minds – so how much do you have to pay each month to have a healthy or luxury pension? By Ariane Sohrabi-Shiraz / Published 10th April 2018 It can be hard to imagine what your life will be like many years from now.What we can expect is that we will have a lot of time on our hands.We will most likely want a healthy sum of money that we can use to live our lives to the fullest. GETTY HOW TO RETIRE RICH: The earlier you start the better “Putting your plan in writing makes planning for retirement less intimidating” Joe Ready – Head of Wells Fargo So how much money should you put aside each month?Wells Fargo/Gallup released figures last years stating that people who had written down their retirement plans were almost twice as likely as those who didn’t to maintain their lifestyle after retirement.Joe Ready, head of Wells Fargo, said: “Putting your plan in … [Read more...] about How to retire rich: How much money do I need to save each month for my pension?