Special music show brings party feeling to Chapters


Singing, dancing and Union Jack waving were just some of the jubilant scenes at Chapters retirement village in Salisbury last week! Local singer Chris Manning put on a ‘socially distanced’ performance from the courtyard garden, which our homeowners enjoyed from their balconies.

It proved to be a welcome arrival of lively entertainment during this period of isolation.

Homeowners were led by local musician Chris Manning in a concert of swing classics, with the adoring audience singing and dancing along from the safety and comfort of their homes. 

David Hines, Chief Operating Officer of Platinum Skies, said: “No amount of isolation can dampen the spirits of our community at Chapters. Whilst residents can’t meet up for their usual coffee mornings, they were able to party together from their balconies, safely distanced apart, with more than a few taking the opportunity to crack open some Prosecco – much more fun than the typical afternoon tea! It is so encouraging to see that our residents remain in such high spirits and were all so keen to join in this musical celebration. We are delighted that we can support our community by organising activities like this, to help lift spirits and provide light relief through this period.”

Singer Chris Manning from Salisbury said: “Live Music has the power to bond and bind people together and bring us closer during times like these.”

Chapters is our brand new retirement village in the centre of Salisbury, which will ultimately deliver 197 apartments, cottages and larger houses, as well as an on-site bistro, activity suite, treatment rooms and private lounge areas. The first phase, Constable Court which overlooks the courtyard garden, is now nearly sold out, with apartments now available to purchase in Lawrence Lodge and Wren Pavilion.

Barbara Cox, Head of Wellbeing at Platinum Skies, said: “We understand that this period of isolation is likely to have an adverse affect on the older members of our society, who may be temporarily cut off from seeing family or friends due to the current social distancing guidance. Being part of such a large community, such as those at our developments, can make a world of difference, providing opportunities for connection right on the doorstep.”

Barbara added: “This musical event is the latest in our activities to help residents through this time. Our Lifestyle Managers have set up everyone on all the necessary tech platforms, such as Zoom, Skype and Whatsapp, using these to host quizzes, catch-ups and more. We’ve set up food delivery to residents’ doors, so they don’t run out of supplies, whilst everyone has been looking out for the most vulnerable individuals, making sure they have their daily newspaper and essentials, like milk and eggs. Despite being unable to meet up in person, the sense of community has never been stronger.”