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Betty is surrounded by her loved ones to mark her 100th birthday

A woman who helped to console the relatives of Norfolk-based fighter pilots who died in the Second World War has celebrated her 100th birthday. Betty Jones was joined by more than 50 family members and friends to mark the occasion at the Oaklands care home, in Scole, where she lives. Born in Martham, near Great Yarmouth, she was the youngest of six and had a stepsister and four brothers. In 1938, she married a doctor, Eric Jones, and they settled into a busy family practice in Norton, Suffolk. 

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Care home’s quest to wow Lowestoft in Bloom judges has been boosted by the horticultural skills

care home’s quest to wow Lowestoft in Bloom judges has been boosted by the horticultural skills of a group of learning disability students. Young people from the Horticultural Enterprise at City College Norwich have supplied a variety of flowers to Lilac Lodge in Gorleston Road, Oulton Broad.

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A charity spin-a-thon at Highcliffe Nursing Home raised more than £400 for the Alzheimer’s Society

The Mayor of Christchurch, Trish Jamieson, came to watch the afternoon of fun at the Stuart Road home in her first week in office. Staff and residents’ relatives took it in turns on spinning bikes and kept going for six hours from noon to 6pm.

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Stimulating minds at Downham Grange

They used to be known as God’s Waiting Rooms but everyday life in care homes today is far from dull. Stephen Pullinger reports. Janet Tanfield is in many respects the central figure at Downham Grange care home. She is not the manager but the activities co-ordinator.

She firmly believes that life in a care home can bring exciting new learning experiences and says that is as true for herself as it is for the residents.

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Gardening proves a boon to care home residents, as a walled garden is restored to its former glory

But what really caught her eye was not the lawns, pond or mature trees but a patch of ground that had long been hidden under rambling weeds. Straightaway, it became her goal to restore the forgotten feature to its former glory as a Victorian walled garden.

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