A GREAT-GRANDMOTHER who lives at a care home near Andover has celebrated her very special 99th birthday.

Margaret Oldfield, who lives at Millway House, was born in the roaring 20s, in March 1924, when the country had a renewed sense of optimism, after the end of the Great War.

Nearly a century on, she still remains full of joy after celebrating another milestone birthday with her friends and family who visited her at the care home.

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Joined by her daughters, granddaughters and great-granddaughters, the 99-year-old was treated to an indulgent afternoon tea and was given flowers and cards from family and friends to make it a birthday celebration to remember.

The great-grandmother said her birthday was “one to remember”, and staff at Millway were thrilled to see Margaret enjoying the special celebrations on her very special day with a smile on her face.

Home manager Claire Lousteau said: “Margaret is a lovely lady and it’s been fantastic to see her enjoying herself with family today – next stop, 100." 

Millway House is part of Sears Healthcare and CEO Richard Adams said he was pleased to hear that the team gave Margaret the birthday treatment she deserves. 

He added: “At Millway House we are a nurse-led care home, so our approach focuses on providing a home-from-home for our residents while we meet their healthcare needs. I’m so glad to hear that Margaret enjoyed her special day.” 

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Born in Belgium, Margaret met her husband, Percy, when he was serving as an English soldier in Germany. The couple moved to London in 1947, where Margaret worked as a supervisor in the toy department of a large Co-op store.

Her family moved to Kent in the 1980s and then on to Basingstoke in 2001. Margaret moved into Millway House in May 2022. 

The 99-year-old has two daughters, five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren so has lots of support around her.

The care home is situated on the outskirts of Weyhill near Andover and offers accommodation for nursing, dementia and end-of-life care. 

For more information, millwayhouse.co.uk