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Newbury care home resident turns 100

A resident at Winchcombe Place Care Home turned 100 on October 2, prompting celebrations with staff, friends and family.

Barbara Kelly – a Newbury local since the age of three – marked the day with cake, gifts and a special message from the Queen.

Born in London in 1921, she worked as a telephonist, including a stint at the Ministry of Defence's Yatesbury offices during the Second World War.

Barbara Kelly on her birthday.
Barbara Kelly on her birthday.

She and her husband, Tony Kelly, and foster daughter, Carol Gibbs, travelled widely throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas, as well as Australia.

The family frequently visited Drammen in Norway, which Mrs Kelly regarded as their second home.

In her sixties, she was awarded a medal for walking part of the Great Wall of China.

Mr Kelly died in 1982, although Mrs Kelly continued to live in Falkland Drive before entering Winchcombe Place.

Reflecting on her milestone, Mrs Kelly said: "I feel like I have led a very happy life."

Home manager Kerry Thompson said: "Everyone had a wonderful time celebrating Barbara’s birthday, and she was particularly pleased to receive her official card from the Queen.

"Here at Winchcombe Place, we always strive to make an occasion of birthdays, and Barbara’s 100th was no exception.

"We had great fun decorating her bedroom, baking her a special birthday cake and of course welcoming her family to celebrate with us!"

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