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Sprightly Win marks 103rd birthday
11:00am Friday 11th January 2013 in News
A FORMER teacher described as an ‘independent woman’ has celebrated her 103rd birthday at home in Evesham.
Win Huxley, who lives at Yates Court retirement scheme in Evesham, reached the milestone last month, celebrating with a meal with family and a party with her fellow residents.
The former Merstow Green School teacher is not only the oldest resident at the scheme but also one of the oldest in the ExtraCare Charitable Trust’s schemes and villages across the country.
Win, who was one of 11 children, says her secret for longevity is “good food and choosing your parents well”.
She taught in Wolverhampton until she married in 1939, going back to teaching after raising her two daughters.
Pat Stanton, one of Win’s daughters, said her mum was still quite active and recently told pupils from Swan Lane School what it was like to be a teacher and what schools were like many years ago.
“My mum is an independent woman,” said Pat. “When she was younger as a miner’s daughter she was expected to go into service, but at the age of about nine she asked for homework and won a scholarship and never looked back.”
During her busy life, Win played a prominent part in the social life of the area and was a founder member of Evesham Retired Teachers Association and Evesham Probus Ladies Group.