Showhome opens at Prees development for older people


Ray Grocott pictured in the kitchen of the completed show home

A show home is now open at a development of eight new bungalows being built for older people to rent in the village of Prees.

The bungalows at Rose Court are being funded and managed by The Grocott Family Charitable Trust for local people aged 75 and over.  The scheme is the vision of Grocontinental Chairman and charity trustee, Ray Grocott, who wanted to provide high-quality, economical-to-run and affordable bungalows for older people.

Located next to the Grocott Medical Centre and set within an attractive landscaped courtyard-style environment, the spacious one-bedroom bungalows comprise entrance hall, lounge/dining room, good-sized bedroom with fitted wardrobes and storage unit, wet room shower, and high-specification fitted kitchen with oven and hob.  The bungalows also feature underfloor heating and wooden laminate flooring.

The Trust is now inviting people to visit the development to view the completed bungalow so that they get a better idea of what’s on offer.  As Ray Grocott explains:

“Now the first bungalow has been completed, we are inviting people who may be interested in renting a bungalow to come along and have a good look around and get a real feel of what it would be like to live at Rose Court.  The bungalows offer a superb option for anyone looking for an easy-to-manage and affordable property to rent.  We have made sure that all the rooms are spacious, light and airy and of a high specification.

“We recognise that it’s a big decision for older people to move to a smaller property but we’ve received a good level of interest and we now encourage people to come along and have a look at the completed home.”

All eight bungalows will be completed in March and are suitable for people living alone and couples.  Rent will be set at an affordable level and property repairs and maintenance will be provided by the Trust, free-of-charge, to residents.  

To live in the bungalows, people should be 75 or over and able to live as independently as possible at the time they take up residency.  They should currently live in Prees and the surrounding area; or, if not currently residing in the village or nearby, have previously lived in, worked in or supported the local community for a period of no less than five years.

Applicants may also live outside of the local area, but they should have a family member who depends on the village for employment or provides strong support to the local community.

To arrange to view the show home or to request an Application Pack, contact Debbie Kelsall on 01743 290509 or 07966 191215 or by email at