24th August 2018
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McCarthy and Stone, the house builder behind the Brueton Place and Linden Place Retirement Living developments in Solihull, has donated £250 to the English department of Solihull School, after year 7 students took part in a short story competition.


The children were tasked by McCarthy and Stone to write a creative and exhilarating story. The activity was designed to encourage participants to be imaginative and expressive, and more than 100 children took up the challenge and produced fantastic short stories, which were then judged by representatives from McCarthy and Stone’s West Midlands region.


Amber Huckfield (aged 12) was awarded first place and she received a book token for £40 for her short story named ‘Am I Alone?’ a haunting tale about the other life. Laavunya Arora (aged 12) and Jessica Woodman (aged 12) were second and third place runners-up, taking home £30 and £20 book vouchers respectively for their gripping tales.


The three winners were presented with their prizes by the Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Flo Nash, who also handed over a cheque of £250 to Head of Lower School, Owen Bate, and Head of English, Stuart Hart.


Mr Bate commented: “On behalf of Solihull School, I would like to thank McCarthy and Stone for its support for our English department. The students thoroughly enjoyed creating their short stories, and we look forward to building on our relationship with McCarthy and Stone as it continues to establish a presence in Solihull.”


Martin Edwards, Regional Managing Director for McCarthy and Stone West Midlands, said: “As a company, we appreciate that our responsibility is not only to build quality, purpose-built retirement properties, but also to create a positive legacy in the communities in which we build. Solihull School is a superb school in the area and we are delighted to be able give their English department a helping hand.”


Located on Blossomfield Road, McCarthy and Stone’s Brueton Place development comprises an exclusive selection of 41 one and two bedroom Retirement Living apartments, including the impressive ‘Penthouse Apartment Collection’. Prices for the last remaining one and two bedroom apartments at Brueton Place currently start from £270,000 and £350,000 respectively.


Just a short drive away on Hampton Lane, the Linden Place Retirement Living development is currently under construction. Set to welcome its first homeowners in August, Linden Place will eventually comprise 32 luxury one and two bedroom apartments.  Off-plan prices currently start from £299,950 for a one bedroom design and from £379,950 for a two bedroom apartment.


McCarthy and Stone’s Retirement Living developments are thoughtfully-designed exclusively for the over 60s to provide the very best in modern, independent living within a safe and secure environment.


Features include a homeowners’ lounge, ideal for socialising with friends; and a convenient guest suite, should homeowners have friends or relatives to stay. There are beautifully landscaped gardens and an on-site car park.  A House Manager takes care of the smooth day-to-day running of the development; while a security entrance system and 24-hour emergency call points provide added peace-of-mind for homeowners.


More than nine out of ten customers would recommend McCarthy and Stone to a friend, ensuring it has received the full Five Star award for customer satisfaction from the Home Builders Federation for 13 years’ running.  McCarthy and Stone is the only UK housebuilder of any size or type to achieve this accolade for 13 years, which is every year the awards have been run.



To find out more about Retirement Living at Brueton Place or Linden Place, please contact McCarthy and Stone on 0800 201 4741 or visit

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Image 7518 from Solihull School, all names left to right. Madam Mayor, Dr Stuart Hart(Head of English) Jessica Woodman(3rd prize), Laavunya Arora(2nd prize), Amber Huckfield (1st prize)

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