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“It's lovely not having to worry about paying the bills or doing any housework. I came here and it's all provided for me, I have not got to worry about getting to the shops - although I could go every morning (on the private coach) if I wanted to. The only thing I have to pay is my private telephone bill.”

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  • Retire with style at The Hawthorns
  • Retire with style at The Hawthorns
  • Retire with style at The Hawthorns
  • Retire with style at The Hawthorns

Eleanor's design is a festive winner

A Braintree student’s artistic imagination has won her a £500 lap-top and her school a £1,000 cash prize after she won a competition to design a Christmas card for The Hawthorns retirement development in the town.

Fourteen-year-old Eleanor Miller attends Alec Hunter Humanities College, one of three local schools and colleges which accepted the challenge laid down by The Hawthorns on Tortoiseshell Way.

All entries were judged by residents and Eleanor's picture of the nativity scene narrowly beat off other entries to take the prize.

Gordon Swan, Manager at The Hawthorns, said: “We wanted a Christmas card which reflected The Hawthorns and its residents in some shape or form. We thought it would be interesting to offer our younger generation the opportunity to design a card which would strike a chord with our residents. The quality of entrants was superb and it was a very close call to decide the winner but Eleanor's was a popular choice.”

Lisa Artus, community development coordinator of the learning village added: "Alec Hunter students are very talented and competitions like the ‘Christmas card’ competition, is an ideal way to demonstrate this talent and we are grateful to the Hawthorns for giving us this opportunity."

The Hawthorns offers residents a unique retirement lifestyle where, for an all-inclusive monthly rental, they can enjoy life to the full complete with an extensive activity and excursion programme and all food and utility bills paid.

The other schools/colleges taking part in the competition were Maltings Academy and Helena Romanes in Great Dunmow.