Retirement villages and the oldest place in the UK

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It’s already been a busy week for Boom!, and it’s only Wednesday morning!

On Monday morning I headed down to East Grinstead to interview Nigel Welby, chairman of Retirement Villages, at their new site Charters Village.

After a tour of the village, Nigel and I chatted on camera about what people are looking for in later life from their accommodation and services.

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Yesterday afternoon I interviewed John Perks, Managing Director of LV= Retirement Solutions, at their head office in Bournemouth.

John and I talked about the findings of their recent State of Retirement report, including gender inequality when it comes to the understanding of retirement income options and the rise of a DIY approach towards retirement planning.

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As I was in the area, I then drove across to Christchurch to film some b-roll.

Christchurch is one of the oldest, if not the oldest, place to live in the UK. The latest census found that nearly a third of the population are over age 65.

It’s also a lovely place and I can imagine the attraction of living there in retirement.

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Apologies for the very short update this morning. Our Kickstarter campaign for Boom! goes live in twenty minutes time, so more news to follow.