A Sanctuary Care home in Iffley is marking Time for a Cuppa with a double celebration next week, as a resident is also rejoicing her 100th birthday.
On Tuesday 7 March, the team and residents at Iffley Residential and Nursing Home in Anne Greenwood Close are inviting people from the local community along to a vintage afternoon tea-themed Time for a Cuppa in aid for Dementia UK, between 2pm and 4pm.
Still feeling 21
The day will also be an additional birthday celebration for Annie Barbara Kerr – known as Barbara, who turned 100 on Wednesday (1 March) and celebrated in style with a family trip to London where she was wined and dined at the top of the Shard.
When asked how she feels reaching 100 Barbara said: “It’s so strange, I still feel 21!”
Life in Belfast
Born and bred in Belfast, Barbara grew up with her six siblings and parents Edith, who was a housewife and William Gibson, who worked as a wholesale chemist.
Growing up, Barbara always enjoyed her studies and completed a three year Domestic Science Course at her local college, which she completed during the Second World War and graduated with a diploma.
It was also during this time where Barbara found love, when she met Doctor James Mitchell Kerr who was stationed in Belfast with the RAF.
Instantly hitting it off, the pair married after the war following a romantic hill top proposal.
Barbara explained: “We went for a walk in Newcastle, Belfast and when we reached the top of this hill, James turned to me and said ‘Barbara I adore you. Will you marry me?’ It was a wonderful surprise, I didn’t know he was going to ask but I was so pleased he did, he was the most wonderful man – the best man I’ve ever met.”
Following the wedding they relocated to Edinburgh where they spent most of their happily married life together, with Barbara starting her career there as a Domestic Science Teacher.
It wasn’t long until two became five as Barbara and James became proud parents to Shelia, Neil and Alastair.
Recalling her time in Edinburgh, Barbara said: “I loved it there, I loved being married and having my three wonderful children, it was a really happy time.”
Four generations later
The Kerr family has since blossomed into three generations with five grandchildren, Katie, Jamie, Alexander, Isobel and Cecily.
The Sanctuary Care home’s manager Sue Stubberfield said: “Barbara is so lovely and is very kind, she has the warmest of smiles and is very popular in the home. We all know she will have a fantastic time in London and we can’t wait to host our own celebrations for Time for a Cuppa.”
If you would like to attend the event the address is:Iffley Residential and Nursing Home, Anne Greenwood Close, Iffley, Oxfordshire OX4 4DN.
About Time for a Cuppa
Time for a Cuppa is Dementia UK’s annual fundraising event; a national day which brings people together over a cuppa to raise money which the charity uses to fund Admiral Nurses, specialist dementia nurses who provide care, advice and support to families living with dementia.