Frethey House resident Gwen Hill celebrated her 103rd
birthday last week with a special one-to-one activity and a delicious birthday cake prepared by the home’s chef.
Home Manager Tracey Jepson said that Gwen, who has been a resident at the Taunton home for just over a year, “is very much a social butterfly and loves to regale staff with stories about her life”.
“Gwen really enjoys the reminiscence activities at the home and telling the team funny and amazing things that happened from her teaching days.”
Frethey House care home, rated as Good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), is set in a wonderful rural location just to the west of Taunton, with two acres of beautiful gardens to explore and take in the stunning countryside views beyond.
The team made the day special by arranging for a one-to-one activity, so she was able to share more of her amazing stories from when she was a primary school teacher, as well as a beautifully prepared cake for afternoon tea, which was accompanied by the staff and residents singing her Happy Birthday!
“Gwen had an absolutely brilliant day and it was wonderful to see how happy she was with her celebrations,” explained Tracey.
Gwendoline was born in Weymouth in 1918 and spent 34 years of her life as a primary school teacher – which she loved! Married in 1944 to Jim, she has three stepchildren, who all live abroad.
She has always loved to do patchwork and sewing, as well as drawing, although her eyesight does not allow her to do it now. Gwen enjoys Songs of Praise on the television and rather enjoys a nice hand massage during the aromatherapy sessions. She also keeps in touch with a number of her past pupils from her teaching days.
Gwen says the secret to a long life is “looking after yourself and keeping good people around you”. Talking about Gwen, Sherine Pitters-Archer, a Frethey House RGN said “she is a remarkable lady. A very caring and considerate resident, always enquiring after people if she hasn’t seen them for a day or two. Gwen loves talking and getting to know the team and we often hear her chatter and infectious laugh coming from her room!”