Love is in the air at Gerard Lodge

Love is in the air at Churchill Retirement Living’s Gerard Lodge in Bognor Regis as one Owner, Frank Richardson, prepares to celebrate his first Valentine’s Daywith new found love, Patricia Babette Smith ‘Babs’.

Frank was married to the love of his life for 61 years and when she passed away, the 93-year-old never thought he would find love again.  After his wife’s passing, Frank bought a home in Gerard Lodge in Bognor Regis because he wanted to be close to his nephew, remain active and take advantage of the social programmes and activities the retirement development offers. 

After moving in to the Lodge in June 2013, Frank took regular trips to the seafront on his scooter to enjoy the view and this is where he found love with Babs.  Babs, also a scooter driver, took trips to the seafront and the two began to enjoy ice creams together.  Since then, Frank and Babs have taken part in the regular communal activities and social events at Gerard Lodge, such as coffee mornings and film showings, which has helped love to blossom.

To celebrate their first Valentine’s Day together, Frank and Babs will be going out for a candlelit dinner to enjoy a fine wine and hearty food.

Frank says: “Buying an apartment at the Gerard Lodge development has proved to be a great decision for me. I wouldn’t have met Babs had I not relocated from Leicester to the area.  We’re very compatible as we enjoy doing all sorts of social activities together and look forward to celebrating our first Valentine’s Day.” 

Gerard Lodge is an award-winning retirement development of 39 one and two bedroom retirement apartments that are specially designed for retired Owners, with security features such as a video-entry system, a 24-hour emergency telephone system, and Lodge Manager. Communal facilities include an Owners’ Lounge and Guest Suite, a Laundry Room and landscaped gardens.

Gerard Lodge is near to the seafront where Owners can enjoy the views along with beautiful, European blue flag sand and shingle beaches. 

For more information about the lifestyle available at Churchill Retirement Living, free phone 0800 458 1857 or visit