107th birthday celebrations for George at Claydon House

Claydon House in Lewes, Sussex were delighted to celebrate their oldest resident, George Körner’s milestone 107th birthday this week, when they held a small party at the home for his family, friends, residents and members of the care team.

We were also pleased to welcome the Mayor and Mayoress of Lewes (Dr Graham Mayhew and Penny Brown) to celebrate with us on this special day and they presented George with a beautiful bunch of flowers from the people of Lewes.

Sue Brown, Activities Coordinator at Claydon House said

“George had a wonderful day with his extended family including grandchildren and great-grandchildren from America visiting along with the Mayor and Mayoress of Lewes. His family brought along some old photographs which George enjoyed looking at.

“We had a musical interlude with classical and folk music which George particularly loves. Many of the pieces came from the countries George has lived in during his life, including Russia. Our in-house chef researched and made a fantastic Russian chocolate birthday cake which George was thrilled with.

“George is an active member of our family at Claydon House and particularly enjoys our quiz events and the regular ‘Cheese Day Tuesday’ we hold here. He reads the paper every day and always supports charity events like the Macmillan coffee morning.”

George is a much loved resident at Claydon House and has lived with us at the home since February 2016. George has said the secret to his long life is ‘to keep life interesting’.

Indeed, George has led a very interesting life. He was born in southern Russia to a Russian mother and Austrian father, but left his homeland after the Bolshevik revolution, aged 11, with his grandmother. He attended a Russian school in Paris and learned to speak French, German and English. In the 1920s George moved to England, studied Economics at the London School of Economics and lived in London.

During World War II George was an officer in the Ordnance Corps stationed in India, attaining the rank of Captain. In 1947, he married Dorothy and the couple had three children, Anna, May and Michael who, in turn, presented him with five grandchildren.

Throughout his 107 years, George has enjoyed travel and using his languages, often visiting France and also returning to Russia which he last visited in the 1940s. Other interests include reading and listening to classical music. He also played the piano, having been taught by his mother, a piano teacher.

At Claydon House, we always make birthdays a special occasion for our residents and for this remarkable birthday, we were thrilled to make this a memorable occasion and welcome members of his family and friends as well as members of the local community to join us.

From all of us here at Claydon House, we would just like to wish George once again, many happy birthday wishes!

If you would like to find out more about life at Claydon House, our events and activities please contact us on 0808 223 5418 or email claydon@CaringHomes.org.



Claydon House

Home Manager

Karen Grainger


8 Wallands Crescent,
East Sussex,

0808 223 5418
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