Inchmarlo’s 30th birthday party

A summer party was held to mark Inchmarlo's 30th anniversary
A summer party was held to mark Inchmarlo's 30th anniversary

Residents of Inchmarlo Retirement Village at Banchory celebrated their 30th anniversary with a summer party last Thursday.

More than 120 home owners were treated to an evening of music, wine and food.

The main course was Gordon Ramsay’s Shepherds Pie followed by a selection of Inchmarlo’s most popular desserts, from famous recipes collected from around the world by founder and director, Aberdeen businessman, Charles Skene.

Professor Charles Skene, also a hotelier and lecturer in entrepreneurship at Robert Gordon University, introduced a new way of retirement living when he began the Inchmarlo project 30 years ago alongside his colleague, Dr Norman Cooper.

Standing on the 100-acre site on Royal Deeside, they envisaged building an estate complete with infrastructure, transport links and medical support that could address continuity of care issues for the UK’s increasingly ageing population, while at the same time providing a cost-effective and dignified approach to the challenges of getting older.

Fast forward three decades and Inchmarlo Retirement Village now consists of nine neighbourhoods including one and two bedroom apartments to four bedroom houses.

Home owners have access to ornamental gardens, walks through the estate, restaurant facilities, clubs and social activities as well as medical support and respite care when required.

Speaking of the evening Charles said: “Growing old should be a privilege afforded to all and not a burden.

“At Inchmarlo we have a glorious site with as many amenities available as individuals wish to partake in.

“Research has shown that moving into a community like Inchmarlo with Continuing Care has helped many of our Home Owners over the 30 years to remain in their own homes longer than is the case elsewhere which can show savings of over £30,000 per year instead of moving permanently into a care home.”

He added: “Days like today when we all come together to enjoy good food and entertainment really bring home to me what a secure and supportive community is established here.

“Inchmarlo is going from strength to strength and shows what really can be achieved with a little care, investment and attention to detail.”

Music for the evening was provided by classical harpist Rachel Groves.