THE Duchess of Gloucester unveiled a commemorative plaque during her visit to a Kidderminster retirement living development.

Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester, paid a visit to The Community Housing Group’s Berrington Court independent living scheme today (Tuesday).

After being formally welcomed by Marina Banner, group executive director, the Duchess toured the building and met residents who spoke to her about the facilities and activities they enjoy within the scheme.

She was particularly interested in the fundraising and charity events residents organise, including the purchase of a minibus to help alleviate social isolation.

The Duchess spent some time at the Men in Sheds display and was presented with a hand-crafted wooden pot by Arthur Nevitt, one of the keen craftspeople who use the onsite workshop. He told the Duchess that it helped to keep his mind active and prevent loneliness.

Berrington Court was officially opened in March 2017 and provides retirement living for 100 residents aged 55 and over.

The £13.8m extra care scheme was developed in partnership with The Community Housing Group, Wyre Forest District Council and Worcestershire County Council received a grant of £3.36m from Homes England.

Before leaving, the Duchess unveiled a commemorative plaque and enjoyed a performance from the scheme’s resident choir, The Berritones.