101-Year Old Shelagh Has Birthdays Down To A Tea

Former tearoom owner and charity knitter Shelagh Aston celebrated her 101st birthday in style, with a slap-up lunch and a tea party with friends.

Shelagh, a resident at Colten Care’s Castle View care home in Dorchester for the past four years, certainly knows a thing or two about tea.

In the 1950s she owned her own tearoom, the Spindleberry in Sherborne, where she delighted the locals with her home cooking and wonderful cakes.

As a younger woman she also demonstrated cooking to the public on ‘newly popular’ electric ovens.

The mother of two, grandmother of five and great grandmother of 11 has been a prolific fundraiser and charity supporter throughout her life.

She was a member of Dorchester Inner Wheel for over 60 years, and president of the club three times. And along with other members of the Inner Wheel she has knitted hundreds of garments for different charities all over the world.

Sue Goodwin, activities organiser at Castle View said: “Shelagh is a wonderful lady and a real ray of sunshine.

“She had a lovely birthday lunch with her family and returned to us for a tea party, which was lots of fun.”

Shelagh enjoys watching snooker on television and spending time in Castle View’s gardens.

After her fun packed birthday she enjoyed a well-deserved rest in her favourite spot at Castle View – the sun lounge.









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