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Howzat for a superb retirement apartment for ex-umpire John!

Ex-professional cricket umpire player John Welch was so 'bowled over' by the new apartments on Walford Bridge in Wimborne he reserved one off-plan!

John, who is a long-standing member of Wimborne bowls club, put a deposit down on a superb one bedroom ground floor apartment at Renaissance Retirement's Fleur-de-Lis development.

John said: "It was a very easy decision- I had my eye on them as soon as the build started and got in touch with Sally from Renaissance. She came to my house and showed me the plans and after a short time I was writing out a cheque for £1,000 to reserve an apartment!"

He added: "It'll be perfect for me. It's a purpose built apartment, enough space for me and it comes with two patio spaces. I'm sure I'll be very happy."

Construction at the prestigious site, formerly owned by Tice & Sons' Vauxhall car garage is underway. Renaissance Retirement will now build 25 one and two bedroom apartments and will be ready in 2019.

Renaissance Retirement development director, Nick Watkins, said: "This is an ideal site for retirement housing being within a short walk of local shops on the main bus route. I remember the last retirement development in Wimborne sold out very quickly and we have similar hopes for ours."

Nick added: "Judging by the large number of sales enquiries for our site as well as research conducted, there is considerable demand in Wimborne for this type of retirement accommodation."

Renaissance's heritage dates back to the first sheltered retirement apartments at HRH Prince of Wales' flagship Poundbury development in Dorchester. The company is currently selling a development in Wareham and Christchurch.

Renaissance Retirement is being marketed locally by Edwards Estate agents and Christopher Batten. To register your interest, and for further information, click here or call 0800 625 0026 for more information.

Pictured: Dave Reynolds from Hackwood Group with Renaissance Retirement's Sally Bower and Louis Penny