New Forest Colten Care home resident celebrates 105th birthday


105 years old, going strong and holding her own birthday cake in the New Forest

First World War baby and Lymington local celebrates at Colten Care home Belmore Lodge Lymington

Ed note: Longevity always seems marvellous if it also means enjoyment of day to day living. Hats off to former Norland Nanny Madeline (they were terrifying! In their hats in fact!) who is clearly so happy and well, and the Colten Care team at Belmore Lodge for their brilliant care.

Holding her cake, Madeline Gates celebrates her 105th birthday at Colten Care’s Belmore Lodge in Lymington with her friend Sandra Glandwell, left, and fellow resident Mary Malcolm.

First World War baby celebrates her 105th birthday at Lymington care home

A former nursery nurse from Lymington has celebrated her 105th birthday at a care home in the town.

Madeline Gates, née Elgar, had a successful career as a Norland Nanny, the name given to graduates of the prestigious early years training provider, Norland College.

She now lives at Colten Care’s Belmore Lodge where team members and friends helped her enjoy her special celebration.

Think about it: born when there were horse-drawn carriages and delivery carts, and most homes were lit by gas

When Madeline was born in Lymington in December 1916, the First World War was only halfway through, horse-drawn carriages and delivery carts remained a common site in the streets and most British homes were still lit by gas.

The young Madeline was sent to boarding school to encourage her to become independent.

After completing her Norland training, she not only provided childcare herself but later took on the responsibility of training future nannies and nurses, some of whom remain good friends to her and are regularly in contact.

On her return to Lymington after college, Madeline married and lived in the town’s Rookes Lane and then Hamilton Place where she celebrated her 100th birthday before moving to Belmore Lodge.

She was a keen sailor along with both her husband and Peter Elgar, her younger brother who she treasured until his passing just over a year ago.

Keep on cycling - and drink whisky and gin!

Madeline was also seen regularly in Lymington riding her bicycle. She only gave up cycling after she fell off and broke a hip at the age of 98.

Asked for her secret of longevity, Madeline said: “The key to a long life is keeping quiet and out of the way. The occasional tot of whisky or gin may help as well.”

Joining her for the birthday celebration were friends Sandra Glandwell and Mary Malcolm, a fellow Belmore Lodge resident.

Sharon Semple, the home’s Companionship Team leader, said: “Madeline had a nice afternoon and was particularly impressed with the card from Her Majesty.

“She wondered if she made it to 110 whether or not the Queen would visit for a party.”

Madeline is one of several Belmore Lodge residents who had birthdays of 100 years or more during 2021, and remarkably she is not the oldest of them. In May, fellow resident Mabel Looker celebrated her 106th.

Image above: HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Holding her cake, Madeline Gates celebrates her 105th birthday at Colten Care’s Belmore Lodge in Lymington with her friend Sandra Glandwell, left, and fellow resident Mary Malcolm.

Find out more about Colten Care

With more than 30 years’ experience, Colten Care is an award-winning family-owned care home company. It owns 21 quality care homes covering Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and West Sussex and offers a range of services spanning residential, nursing and dementia care. Seven of the homes are rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission and Colten Care earns a consistently high group score, currently 9.9 out of ten, on the public review site Carehome.co.uk. Based on such third-party advocacy, Colten Care is the UK’s highest-rated care home group for its size.

All Colten Care homes are registered for nursing care

All homes are registered for nursing care and four are dedicated dementia care homes with Admiral Nurse support. Unlike people who receive domiciliary care in their own homes, residents in Colten Care homes have the reassurance that 24/7 nurse-led care with companionship is on hand whenever they need it. Residents live in the highest standards of accommodation, enjoying homecooked food, fresh laundry and housekeeping services, and safe, peaceful and inspiring gardens. Colten Care also supports residents to raise thousands of pounds for charities of their choice every year. Founded more than 35 years ago, Colten Care has won multiple awards for the quality of its care and remains an independent, family-owned care home provider. For more information, visit www.ColtenCare.co.uk

Three Colten Care homes in the New Forest are rated outstanding

Colten Care operates six residential nursing and care homes in the New Forest, three of which are rated Outstanding and three of which are in Lymington: Belmore Lodge, Court Lodge and dementia specialist Linden House (Outstanding). There are also homes in Brockenhurst -Woodpeckers (Outstanding), New Milton - Kingfishers (Outstanding) and Mudeford - Avon Reach. Click on the links to find out more about each home... 

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