Abundant Grace – 100th Birthday

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Today we celebrated the 100th Birthday if Mrs Stella Florence Partridge at Abundant Grace Nursing Home.  We would like to thank all that came to help us celebrate including our local Mayor Councillor Nazish Adil.

Stella was joined by many of her friends and 3 generations of her family as local schools Seaford primary and Seaford head had allowed her great great nieces and nephews time off to celebrate with her. She was presented her card from the queen and a beautiful bouquet of flowers by the Major and Seaford sunshine strummers joined the chorus of Happy Birthday. Abundant Grace is part of an initiative to combat loneliness in nursing homes called #postcardsofkindness, from this group Sella received a phenomenal amount of card from well-wishers from all over the UK and even one from USA. Stella found it very touching that so many kind people were thinking of her.

Stella was born in Camden< London and live there with her mother, father and sister Marjorie. Stella was taught to play the piano by her auntie and she continues to play the piano until she moved to Seaford.

Stella Joined the ATS and was stationed in the west end of London and remembers the work that she did being very hefty but she was proud to be serving her country. Stella enjoyed her time in the ATS especially when her and the other ladies put on a show for the officers wearing their bloomers! Stella met her husband Harry and married in 1945. Stella worked in white hall in London’s civil service examination department. Once she left here, she worked at Nestle in east Croydon before retiring to Seaford with her husband in the mid 1970’s. When they moved to Seaford, they joined many groups and enjoyed many visits to The National Trust sites.

Stella enjoyed travelling, visiting many beautiful countries, her favourite being Italy, but she also had a love of visiting Scotland. Stella and her niece Valarie enjoyed many cruises around Norway, Russia and the Mediterranean.

When Stella was asked what her secret of a long life was her answer was, looking to others for advice, learning from this to stand on her own two feet. Living a good life, being sensible and taking each day as it comes. She laughed as she said “a little gin and tonic goes a long way too!”

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