A good face cream and always being active are the secrets to longevity for two Sanctuary Care residents who have recently turned a 101 and 105!
105 celebrations in Worcester
Hilda Hines celebrates her 105th birthday at Juniper House Residential Care Home in St John’s, Worcester and when asked her secret to reaching 105 and her youthful appearance she said: “Working hard and looking after myself – and I have used Nivea all my life – I should get a voucher! I really don’t feel my age.”
Hilda was born in Carden Street, Worcester to parents Robert and Rachael Bemand in 1911, six months before the sinking of the Titanic. Hilda is the last surviving of her three sisters and brother.
When the birthday girl was a youngster, she enjoyed watching her father rehearse his popular music act Amazing Pigeons, which he toured all over the country.
When Hilda was a teen she met husband to be Tim Hines at a dance hall and they never looked back. Hilda says fondly: “Nobody else was allowed to dance with me.”
They married in 1935 and lived in a cottage in Newtown Road. They devoted much of their time to ballroom dancing, stepping out in venues as far afield as Blackpool, winning several trophies along the way. Hilda has always had a passion for dance and today joins the nation to tune into Strictly Come Dancing every Saturday night.
During the war Tim, who was a builder was sent to Southampton to build docks, while Hilda remained in Worcester where she worked in a grocery store.
After the war the devoted couple’s only child Steve was born. Now the family has blossomed to four generations, with Hilda enjoying the company of two grandsons and three great grandsons, whom she adores.
Speaking about his mother’s secret to reaching such a great age Steve, who lives off London Road, Worcester said: “She’s never smoked or drank heavily. Another interesting thing is that she has never even tasted a cup of tea!”
Later in life Hilda worked in a laundry in Worcester until she retired at the age of 68.
The couple remained devoted until Tim sadly passed away in 1992. Hilda lived independently until the age of 102 and has been living with Sanctuary Care since then.
Happy 101st birthday to Edna!
Meanwhile, Edna Baines, who has lived at Haven Residential Care Home in Hatch End, Pinner since June 2013, has also celebrated a milestone birthday, surrounded by residents, friends, loved ones and furry animals.
When asked her secret to reaching such a wonderful age Edna said: “Not really a secret but throughout my life I’ve always been active and self-sufficient and I think that’s really helped.”
Born in Astley, Lancashire, Edna grew up with older brother Robert on her grandfather’s farm ‘The Trawlboat’ – in an area called Lytham Saint Annes, with her father Jacob Scott, who worked on his family’s farm and her mother Ada Scott.
Following in her mother’s footsteps, Edna trained as a nurse after leaving school. She became a ward sister at the age of 22 at her local hospital, Leigh Infirmary – the place where she also found love.
Edna met her husband-to-be James Baines here - James worked as a volunteer delivering papers and magazines to the ward where Edna worked and they never looked back.
The pair got married in 1937 while living in Walkden, Lancashire. After living together in the town for two years, James and Edna decided to follow career opportunities across the country for James. They lived in a number of places including Walsall, Ipswich, Bengeo and Bolton before settling in Chorleywood in 1997.
During their many travels Edna and James also found time to start a family and had two boys – Robert, 77, who has relocated to Selby in North Yorkshire and John, 72, who still lives locally in Chorleywood.
A few decades after starting a family, once Robert and John had left home, Edna re-focused on her career and became a theatre nurse.
Edna recalled: “I always loved nursing.”
Looking back over the last 100 years Edna added: “I am lucky to have had so many special moments in my life, there are too many to list.” Some of these moments included when both her sons were accepted into University and when Edna learnt how to drive in 1958 and got her own car.
During World War II, while living in Birmingham James was working in the fire service and was badly injured, resulting him needing hospital treatment.
Edna said: “The bombing of Birmingham will always be a significant moment of my life. It was a scary time and when James was injured it was heartbreaking but we pulled through together.”
The home’s activities leader Urvashi Kapur added: “Edna is a lovely and warm character and it was a pleasure to be celebrating her 101st birthday in the home.”