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Celebrations for Risborough woman's 100th birthday!

Celebrations for Risborough woman's 100th birthday!

Published by Charlotte Fisher at 12:55pm 13th May 2019.

Celebrations are in order today for a woman from Princes Risiborough who's turned 100.

Joan Loosley, a resident at Icknield Court care home in Princes Risborough, will celebrate her 100th birthday on the same day that her daughter, Pat, turns 70.

Joan's family organised a tremendous day to celebrate her becoming a centenarian, including:

  • a visit from the Mayor to plant a tree in the gardens
  • a pamper treatment for Joan and her daughters from a local make-up artist
  • a professional photo of the whole family, including her three daughters, 12 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.
Celebrations for Risborough woman who turns 100
Ben & Nia from Mix96 paid Joan a visit on her special day

Children from the local school also painted pebbles in red (Joan's favourite colour) and hid them around the local area as a special memento.

Although Joan only moved into Icknield Court in 2018, run by local care provider The Fremantle Trust, she has a lasting connection to the Trust as her daughter worked there and her great granddaughter, Lucy, is currently an activity co-ordinator at Icknield Court.

Joan has seen many changes throughout her lifetime, especially in terms of technological developments.

Celebrations for Risborough woman who turns 100!
Joan told Mix96 she was "really excited" to receive a telegram from The Queen

She remembers not having the luxury of a fridge when she was younger, so instead kept milk cool under rhubarb leaves during the summer.

She became a maid at the age of 14 and went on to be part of the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes (NAAFI) in Thatcham where she worked in the cafe and looked after the soldiers.

Nicola James, manager of Icknield Court said:

"We are honoured to host Joan's weekend of celebrations and are particularly thrilled to welcome the Mayor, Cllr Matthew Walsh, who will present her with her official Royal telegram.

"Joan is such a wonderful lady and a big part of the community here. "

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