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The Prince of Wales officially opens Yarlington’s Melrose Court

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales officially opens Yarlington Housing Group’s extra care housing development Melrose Court, in Poundbury, Dorset.

The Prince of Wales was invited to visit and officially open Yarlington’s Melrose Court as part of wider engagements in Poundbury. Melrose Court was completed in February 2018 and is Yarlington’s largest independent living scheme.

Guided by Yarlington’s Chief Executive Caroline Moore and Senior Supervisor of Melrose Court, Hannah Wilson, The Prince of Wales was taken on a tour of Melrose Court which included viewing a top-floor apartment, a selection of Dorset paintings (displayed as part of the scheme’s dementia friendly design) and meeting several staff members from Yarlington.

On the visit, Caroline Moore said:

“Yarlington was delighted to welcome His Royal Highness to officially open Melrose Court. We are incredibly proud of the scheme and it was a huge honour to guide him through the building, showcase some of its key features and meet some of the wonderful residents who live there.”

The Prince of Wales was also introduced to Mr Elford, a resident at Melrose Court before being invited to the communal lounge where a reception with tea and cake was held with other residents of Melrose Court.

To honour the visit and mark the official opening of Melrose Court, The Prince of Wales was invited to the communal garden where a bench and gold, ornamental apple were donated. The bench included a plaque detailing the official opening date whilst the apple was chosen to represent Yarlington, named after a variety of apple.

Made up of 63 affordable one and two bedroom, self-contained apartments, Melrose Court provides an alternative to a care home, giving residents the freedom to maintain their independence with flexible, tailor-made support packages and the reassurance of support 24/7.

The development stands proudly in new-classical style overlooking the town’s ‘great field’ and is also home to friendly communal areas including a large dining hall, lounge and a garden.

Images by Finnbarr Webster/Duchy of Cornwall