19 Jan 2018

Royal Wootton Bassett resident celebrates 102nd birthday

Royal Wootton Bassett resident Gertrude Tippetts celebrated her 102nd birthday this week, with a celebration afternoon tea with her fellow residents at GreenSquare’s Springfield House.

Gertrude, known as Gertie, reached 102 on Thursday (18 January) and has lived at Springfield House for 19 years. 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, who is a great-great-grandmother, still always gets involved with activities going on and particularly enjoys the games of kurling the residents play in the communal lounge. 

On her birthday on Thursday, residents from Springfield House gathered in the communal lounge for an afternoon tea and were treated to some live music and, of course, some birthday cake. 

They were joined by GreenSquare's chief executive, who attended the celebration to wish Gertie a very happy birthday. Howard said: "It's not often you get to attend a 102nd birthday party, so I was delighted to be invited! It was absolute please to meet such an amazing lady."

Gertie’s daughter Janet reckons the secret to her mother’s long life is a busy calendar. She said: “Mum keeps busy and is always joining in with all the social events both at Springfield House and in the community."

Gertie is looking forward to more birthday celebrations this weekend and is going out for lunch with her children, who live nearby.