A SHELTERED scheme resident received a surprise present on her 100th birthday, discovering she was to be a great-grandmother for the first time.
Phyllis Angier - who has lived at our sheltered scheme, Cleves Court, in Boreham, Chelmsford, since 1988 - was celebrating her 100th birthday with friends and family in the scheme’s communal lounge, when her grandson Simon told her that she is to become a great-grandmother in the spring.
Born in Old Bilton, near Rugby in Warwickshire, on December 6th 1912, Phyllis, who received a birthday card from the Queen to commemorate her milestone moment, is still involved in the regular activities held at Cleves Court on a daily basis.
Moving to Chelmsford prior to the outbreak of the Second World War, Phyllis who married her husband Victor, in Springfield Church, Chelmsford, 45 years ago was joined at the celebrations by her son John, 65, and his wife Joy, 61.
While Phyllis and her husband were Air Raid Wardens based in Trinity Road, Chelmsford, during the Second World War, Phyllis was also a voluntary nurse for the local St. John’s Ambulance division during and after the war. Phyllis was also awarded a medal by the Duke of Kent for her voluntary work with St. John’s Ambulance after her team won the all England nursing trophy.
Dedicated to her hobbies of sewing and arts and crafts, Phyllis says that her long life is due to keeping active and mentally alert. A keen reader despite her poor eyesight, Phyllis reads more than 10 books a month.
Angela Boyten, sheltered scheme manager at Cleves Court, said: “Phyllis is a wonderful lady who - despite her age - is fiercely independent. Not only is it fantastic that she has reached such a momentous occasion but she is over the moon to know that she will become a great-grandmother in the spring. It was certainly a birthday present that she will remember.”
Phyllis commented: “I’ve had a busy life but it has been interesting and I have enjoyed it. I was one of the first residents to move into here but I have to say not many people are left here that I knew from before.”
John added: “It’s fantastic that mum has reached this age. She has a real sense of humour and we’ve had a laugh together. We’ve had a lot of fun in the past.”