Marjorie is 100!
More big birthday celebrations and commemorations in New Forest Colten Care homes: Marjorie age 100, and remembering Dame Vera who would now be 104
Following last week's fantastic party for Irene aged 104 at Kingfishers New Milton, this week there was another big birthday there with Marjorie celebrating her centenary, and meanwhile at Woodpeckers in Brockenhurst there was a commemoration, to Dame Vera Lynn who died last year and who would herself now have turned 104!
‘Very special’ Marjorie celebrates centenary
A great grandmother and ‘very special lady’ has celebrated her 100th birthday at Colten Care's Kingfishers home in New Milton where she has lived for three years.
Marjorie Nutton was the centre of attention, enjoying a party and a visit from her son David. Both are pictured here.
Hosting the event in line with virus safety guidance, staff at the Outstanding-rated home presented her with cards and flowers sent in by friends and community well-wishers.
After Happy Birthday was sung, Marjorie blew out the candles on a birthday sponge cake specially baked by Kingfishers chefs James Bines and Chris Warren and decorated with pink icing and white flowers.
Marjorie said: “I loved everything about the day, especially seeing my son and receiving the card from Her Majesty the Queen.”
Born in Warrington, Lancashire, in 1921, Marjorie became an office worker in London, joining the Auxiliary Territorial Service during the Second World War. She was stationed mainly at Luton Hoo, the headquarters of Eastern Command.
After the war, she juggled family life with secretarial work. For several years until retirement, she worked in Wembley for the Hotel & Catering Industries Training Board.
Marjorie lived in Northwood, Middlesex, until 2012 when she moved to Hythe. She has lived at Kingfishers since 2018. In all, Marjorie has four children, four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Rose Arcellana, Companionship Team Leader at the home, said: “Marjorie looked beautiful and it was an honour to help her celebrate. She is truly a very special lady.”
Vera Lynn remembered in musical tribute at Woodpeckers
Meanwhile iconic forces sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn was fondly remembered during a tribute afternoon at Colten Care’s also Outstanding-rated Woodpeckers in Brockenhurst, where residents wanted to mark what would have been the late singer’s 104th birthday.
It was an opportunity to sing along to some of Dame Vera’s famous songs, share memories of life during and after the Second World War and wave Union Jacks.
Resident Barbara St John Frost had special reason to reminisce as she used to live in the next village to Dame Vera in East Sussex.
Barbara said: “I have fond memories of her and her husband Harry Lewis. They both used to come to all local events and festivities. They were lovely people.”
Fellow Woodpeckers resident Frank Coumbe said: “Vera Lynn boosted the nation’s morale during the war and fully deserved her status as Britain’s sweetheart.”
We’ll Meet Again, one of Dame Vera’s most enduring songs, featured strongly during the afternoon.
The lyrics are familiar to Woodpeckers residents as they recently performed it for sign2sing, a fundraising event run by the deaf health charity SignHealth.
They joined residents at several Colten Care homes in learning Makaton signs so they could sing and sign along in a video available to watch at www.youtube.com/coltencare.
Just before she died last year, Dame Vera sent a letter to another Outstanding-rated Colten home, Canford Chase in Poole, thanking residents for sending a card for her 103rd birthday featuring photos of them holding flowers. The card was sent just as the nation began observing the first lockdown in March 2020.
One of the lines in her letter of reply recalled a lyric from We’ll Meet Again, when she wrote: “It was very special to see your happy faces and to know that you ‘keep smiling through’”.
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