Much loved resident Violet Davies-Evans celebrates her 111th birthday at Ashwood Nursing & Care Home on Saturday 30th March in Spalding, Lincolnshire. Violet, Lincolnshire’s oldest resident and seventh oldest person in the UK celebrated with her family and staff at the care home.
Staff and residents at the nursing home celebrated the milestone birthday with cake and flowers for Violet. Violet will be joined by members of her family who will travel from across the UK to spend the day with her.
Born in Sutterton in 1908, the third child of what was to be a family of four sisters and a brother, Violet Davies-Evans was brought up in Spalding. After leaving school she started work at Pennington’s before moving to Birmingham as a beautician at Marshall and Snelgroves. In the thirties she moved to London to work for Elizabeth Arden as a beauty specialist advising many influential clients on how to make the best of themselves.
Violet was married to Hubert in 1938 and, though they would have liked to have a family that was not to be. At the outbreak of war Elizabeth Arden, herself, offered her a job in America but she chose to stay in London. As well as her day job working as a PA to Christopher Hinton, (Baron Hinton of Bankside) in the Ministry of Supply she was regularly to be found fire-watching on the roofs of the capital.
After the war Violet, her husband and two dogs moved to Oxfordshire where he became the very charismatic head of a school in a large hospital. They enjoyed a busy social life entertaining friends and she was able to demonstrate her wide range of cooking skills as well as the love her of antiques, painting and tapestry work. Sadly, soon after his retirement in 1975, her husband died and, having too large a property to look after on her own, she moved back to Lincolnshire, sharing a house in Osbournby with her also widowed sister, May, and getting fully involved in village life including the WI.
After the death of her sister she moved back to Spalding where she has lived independently until 2014 when she decided that she needed more care and moved into Ashwood Nursing and Care Home.