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A Woolton Hill care home resident – who recently had Covid – celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by friends and family.

Pamela Couling, born in 1922, held her hundredth birthday celebrations at Enbridge House Care Home on the afternoon of Saturday, May 7, just weeks after she had fought off the virus.

Present for her birthday were her four sons John, 75, Michael, 71, Andy, 69, and Rob, 67; one of her grandchildren and a few of her great grandchildren as well. Mrs Couling’s mother and grandfather also lived to see 100 as well.

Photos from Pamela Couling's 100th birthday celebrations, credit: Bex Willis of Bexboater photography
Photos from Pamela Couling's 100th birthday celebrations, credit: Bex Willis of Bexboater photography

She was born in Wokingham in 1922 and went to school in the area. During the Second World War, she joined the Women’s Land Army to help the war effort and pursue her passion for agriculture.

She was stationed in Sydmonton, and she received a medal during her time there.

Pamela Couling surrounded by her friends and family at her 100th birthday celebrations, credit: Bex Willis of Bexboater photography
Pamela Couling surrounded by her friends and family at her 100th birthday celebrations, credit: Bex Willis of Bexboater photography

There, Mrs Couling met her husband Harold, whom she married and settled down with in Enborne as tenant farmers of Church Farm. She became heavily involved with the local church while she lived in Enborne.

The pair lived there for many years, and raised their four sons at the farm. Mrs Couling’s niece Rowena said: “Pamela worked so hard on that farm with four boys and no mod cons. But it was always a very happy place. I used to go and play with the boys and it was great.”

Pamela Couling with her card from the Queen, credit: Bex Willis of Bexboater photography
Pamela Couling with her card from the Queen, credit: Bex Willis of Bexboater photography

The family eventually bought the farm from the Cravens, and then sold it a few years later.

Before Mr Couling died in the early 1990s, the couple lived together in a flat in Newbury, off the Andover Road. After he died, Mrs Couling moved into a flat by herself near the Falkland Memorial in Wash Common.



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