Care Home Resident Celebrates 100th Birthday In Petworth

A Petworth lady has had her centenary year marked by a surprise birthday party at the care home where she lives.

Edna Bowser was joined by family, staff and residents at Rotherlea care home in celebration of her 100th birthday, where she was thrown a surprise party with a buffet and special cake, made by the home’s activity coordinator, Michaela Davey. Staff had decorated the room with banners, bunting, balloons and confetti to mark the occasion.

Born in Wandsworth, south London, Edna was one of six children and, when she turned 19, she moved to Mitcham in Surrey and got married. Two years later, she had her son, Peter. Edna has fond memories from her childhood and recalls games of “knock and run” and commented: “I was just as naughty as all the others!”

Edna was originally a resident at Rother House in Midhurst before the new Rotherlea home was built in 2008, when residents from Rother House and Court Lea both moved into their new purpose-built home. A decade on, and Edna remains a much-loved member of the Rotherlea community.

Home manager at the Shaw healthcare run home, Deborah Embleton, commented, “It’s wonderful to be able to mark these such a significant milestone and give Edna and her family the chance to celebrate together. Everybody at the home loves to listen to Edna and the stories she has to tell from her past. We all wish her a very enjoyable 100th year.”