20 Jan 2017

Gertie celebrates 101st birthday

Royal Wootton Bassett resident Gertrude Tippetts celebrated her 101st birthday this week, with a celebration lunch with her fellow residents at GreenSquare’s Springfield House.

Gertrude, known as Gertie, reached 101 on Wednesday (18 January) and has lived at Springfield House for 19 years.  A lot of her immediate family lives nearby and she has five children, 15 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and was delighted to welcome a great-great-grandchild to the family before Christmas. 

Four of Gertie’s children took her for lunch at The Marriott in Swindon’s Old Town last weekend. On her birthday on Wednesday, residents from Springfield House gathered in the communal lounge for lunch, which included Gertie’s favourite: cheese and pineapple sticks, and tea and birthday cake.

A very sociable lady, Gertie is the former chairman of the residents’ committee and used to organise events and sales for residents at Springfield House. Now Gertie still always gets involved with activities going on and particularly enjoys the games of kurling the residents play in the communal lounge. 

Gertie’s daughter Janet reckons the secret to her mother’s long life is a busy calendar. She said: “Mum goes to all her great-grandchildren’s birthday parties. And with 23 of them, that’s a lot of parties!”

Last year, for Gertie’s 100th birthday, she was surprised with a party at the Lorna Doon Day Centre where family and friends greeted her as well as the Mayor of Royal Wootton Bassett, Ian Ferries, and the town crier, Owen Collier.