A lady from Badminton Gardens, Hanover's newest Extra care housing estate in Downend, South Gloucestershire, who was born in 1911, and has vivid memories of the First World War has taken her first Skype master class on the eve of the estates official opening.


Badminton Gardens was developed by Hanover, a leading retirement housing provider, in partnership South Gloucester Council and the Homes and Communities Agency.


Hanover resident 100 year-old Doris Peacock was joined by Age UK National Internet Champion Margaret Goodwin for an internet master class which included a whole host of top tips which included talking to  friends Roger and Val  on Skype, television streaming and some money saving tips.


Doris said:" I really enjoyed speaking to Roger and Val. "This was a unique experience. "Afterwards Margaret even showed me how to watch my favourite soap operas on her lap top."


The masterclass comes hot on the heels of the launch of the Badminton Centre, a dedicated room within the Extra Care estate where residents can go to use the internet for free.


Age UK and Hanover Internet Champion Margaret Goodwin said: "Doris took to Skype like a duck to water'".


"It was amazing to be able to see and hear them and even better it was free. So whether you are keen to keep in touch with family or fancy trying out internet dating the World Wide Web has something for everyone."