Big birthday celebrations at Colchester care home


Great Horkesley Manor care home recently celebrated an important birthday for one of its residents with a special party.

Phyllis Webber was joined by family and friends for an afternoon tea party, which was organised by staff and volunteers at the Colchester care home to commemorate her 100th birthday.

Linda, Peter, Mark, Simon, Tim, Isabelle, Charlotte, Luke, Frank and Francesca from four generations of the family were there to celebrate with tea, cake, and entertainment.

Originally from Brightlingsea, Phyllis worked as a nurse in several hospitals in Essex, before she met and married her husband, Reg. She then became a housewife to raise her two children, Linda and Peter.

She moved to Colchester 57 years ago, where she was active within the local Baptist church and was a member of the Women’s Institute. 

She is well-liked by staff and residents in the home for her great sense of humour, and is regularly visited by her children, her three grandchildren, and her six great grandchildren.

Mandie Thompson, Home Manager at Great Horkesley Manor, said: “Phyllis is a popular member of the Great Horkesley Manor family, and always gets involved with our activities and events. It was lovely that we got the opportunity to give her a special party to celebrate this big birthday.

“It was great to see so many family members come to celebrate Phyllis’s birthday with the staff, volunteers and residents. It gives the home a lovely, community atmosphere and makes everyone feel happy.”

Phyllis’s daughter Linda said: “Mum has lived at the home for two and a half years now and is very happy to be at Great Horkesley Manor. She had a wonderful 100th birthday and we would like to thank all the staff for their kindness and for looking after her well.”


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