Residents of Platinum Skies’ Chapters development in Salisbury joined voices from their balconies for an afternoon of celebratory music. It was a welcome arrival of lively ‘socially distanced’ entertainment during the isolation.

Residents were led by local musician Chris Manning in a concert of swing classics performed in the courtyard garden, with residents singing and dancing along from the safety and comfort of their homes.

David Hines, Chief Operating Officer of Platinum Skies, said: “No amounts 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.”

Chapters is a new retirement village in the centre of Salisbury, with 197 apartments, cottages and larger houses, on-site bistro, activity suite, treatment rooms and private lounge areas.

Barbara Cox, Head of Wellbeing at Platinum Skies, added:: “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 can make a world of difference, providing opportunities for connection right on the doorstep.”