Sylvia Howells, a resident of our Arthur Jenkins Care Home in Blaenavon, celebrated her 102nd birthday on Friday 19 October surrounded by her family, friends and special guests.
Staff arranged the get-together to celebrate the milestone occasion with a selection of delicious food and homemade birthday cake, which was baked by the home’s very own chef. Entertainment was provided by Paige from musiCare who sang a variety of songs from the 1940s to the 1980s.
Special guest Gareth Davies, Mayor of Blaenavon, came along to wish Sylvia a very happy birthday, along with Sylvia’s daughter Veronica and her son in law, Alan.
Blaenavon has always held a special place in Sylvia ‘s heart after being born at the Waun Tavern public house and grew up in the area with her five siblings.
At the age of 16 Sylvia moved to London where she worked as a housekeeper before returning home when the war began. Since then she has held a range of jobs in North Wales, Bristol and Weston-Super-Mare before she met her husband Glyn, through a mutual friend at church in Blaenavon.
Mr and Mrs Howells were married for 60 years and enjoyed life together with their daughter, before he sadly passed away 15 years ago.
Sylvia has now lived at Arthur Jenkins Care Home for almost 10 years, she said: “I never ever thought I would get to this age. It’s a brilliant age to be, although in recent weeks I’ve been feeling weaker than usual.”
Over the years Sylvia has enjoyed getting to know the other residents in the home but also likes having her own space in her bedroom where she can enjoy her own quiet time.
Home manager, Jane Saunders, has known Sylvia since the day she first welcomed her to Arthur Jenkins. She commented: “Mrs Howells is an amazing lady, she has always been very independent and has only recently needed the support of care staff to assist her with her needs.”