Search

Harold Wood woman described as “lively” celebrates 100th birthday

PUBLISHED: 18:00 30 April 2014

Rose Caiquo with Cllr Brian Eagling. She turned 100 today and St Ethelburga Court care home where she lives held a surprise party for her.

Rose Caiquo with Cllr Brian Eagling. She turned 100 today and St Ethelburga Court care home where she lives held a surprise party for her.

Archant

Despite reaching her 100th birthday, one woman is livelier than ever and shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.

Rose Lench, who now lives at St Ethelburga Court, in Ethelburga Road, Harold Wood, celebrated one hundred years of memories at her party earlier this month.

Social secretary at the care home, Avril Newman, said: “She doesn’t act like she’s 100! She is always asking if she can do anything to help us out and do things the other residents who are a lot younger than herself!”

Born in 1914 in Bethnal Green to Louise and Herbert Thorn, Rose went to Wilmott Street School, where she loved anything to do with playing games and sports.

But once she left school, Rose tried her hand at different jobs from dress making to envelope licking at a factory where she met the love of her life Joseph Lench, who worked at the company as a painter.

Rose said: “My first thoughts were that he was that he looked very nice and when I got to know him more I realised he was an even nicer man.”

Once the couple married at St Andrews church in Bethnal Green, the pair began travelling all over the world, including Austria, Italy, Bulgaria, Egypt, Turkey, Brazil and Malta, just to name a few.

She said: “I love to travel and to explore different places but I still think marrying Joseph is the best memory I have.”

Rose’s husband sadly passed away shortly after moving to Spain, but on her return to the UK, she moved into Harold Wood care home, St Ethelburga Court where the party was held.

Rose’s daughter Barbara Stonely, said: “She is truly an amazing and lively woman and I hope that I will live as long as she has done!”

Councillor Brian Eagling (Residents’ Group, Harold Wood ward), also went to the party, having one of the first dances with the woman of the hour.

Cllr Eagling said: “She is a very lovely lady and someone who I am very honoured to meet and enjoy such a wonderful party with.”

Rose said: “The party was really wonderful. There were so many people there and I’ve received around 200 cards which I’m very grateful for.”

She added: “I think the secret to a long life is just to work hard and to be happy.”

Latest Romford News Stories

Yesterday, 17:00

Have you got a front page story, or a community issue that you think needs reporting? Then we are happy to announce that we are re-launching our regular readers’ surgeries!

Yesterday, 15:00

Pioneering senior nurses at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust (BHRUT) have been inspired by a Hollywood film to start the country’s first nurse mentoring service.

Yesterday, 12:30

A musical show that blends story telling, traditional and contemporary Irish music is coming to Hornchurch.

Yesterday, 10:03

An initiative which fines parents £100 for dangerous driving around schools could be extended.

Yesterday, 07:00

Havering Council will this month add Upminster Station car park, the area around Romford Station and the Romford Matalan to a list of sites it expects developers to build upon in the next 15 years.

Tue, 17:00

Rats swarming in and out of bin bags, roaming confidently across front gardens and gnawing their way through fences – that is what residents of one Rainham street have found themselves up against.

Tue, 15:02

Fans can relive the unique musical talents of George Michael in a special tribute performance.

Tue, 12:19

Havering’s councillors look set to brand Sadiq Khan’s increased housing targets for the borough “unacceptable, unachieveable and unsustainable” at a meeting later this month.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Window and conservatory specialist Ken Rhodes talks about the possibilities for brightening up your home for the new year, and with their home improvement finance deals it’s possible for everyone to make some changes

Lisa and Jennie are cousins who grew up in the borough. Their grandmother, ‘Nanny Fish’ was a huge part of their lives, and while she had dementia and increasing needs, she really benefited from having care in her nephew’s loving home. This experience was the inspiration for Lisa and Jennie to set-up their own home care service.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Could not fetch editions

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now