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Happy 100th birthday, Joan!

Just Regional
Sep 12, 2016 2 mins read

A birthday telegram from the Queen, a family gathering yesterday and a party with family and friends today at St Michael’s Court marked the 100th birthday of Joan Hewett.

Son Richard, who was at the event today with his wife Vivienne,, daughter and son-in-law Gill and Ernie Gurnett and grand-daughters Cali and Poppy, said: “Her family , relatives and friends all wish her a great day on this very special occasion. At the age of 100 she is remarkable.”

The afternoon included entertainment and a cake made by Vivienne. Joan said she was enjoying her special day and the event had been a surprise.

She was born during the First World War at the time of the Battle of the Somme. She lived in the London area during her youth and met her husband, Harry during the Second World War. Harry was heavily involved in the construction of air bases and during this turbulent period their only son Richard was born in East Boldre, Hampshire. In 1950 they moved to Cambridge, where they spent many happy years in their first house in Girton.

When older, they reluctantly moved to a retirement home in Burwell. When Harry passed away in 1990, Joan went to work at the age of 74 in the British Heart Foundation charity shop in Newmarket. Later in life she moved to Aylsham to be nearer her son and his wife Vivienne, living in the flat above the new Salvation Army shop in Red Lion Street and was always in and out of the shop.

At the age of 97 she moved to St Michael’s Court where she has been happy and well cared for by kind and considerate staff.

St Michael’s events manager Mandy Stolworthy said Jean always enjoyed the outings from the home and was a great character to have around. But despite reaching the grand age of 100, she’s not the oldest there, with residents at 101, 102 and 104.

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