A Monmouthshire County Council care home resident celebrated her 100th birthday in style last week surrounded by family and friends. Edith Head was born in Troedrhiwgwair, Tredegar in June 1917 and has lived in Chepstow’s Severn View Residential Home for the past two years. Her centenary was marked by a party at Severn View attended by approximately fifty people with a special cake and a sumptuous buffet prepared by the care home kitchen staff as well as telegrams from The Queen, the First Minister for Wales and the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.
Edith has led a full life having started part-time work at 12 to clean a farmhouse. She left school at 14 and became a parlour maid in Brighton, later working in a boys’ reformatory school in Barry.
After a spell in the WRAF she left to work in a munitions factory before training as a nurse in Merthyr Tydfil. She was based in Ebbw Vale Hospital and subsequently became a nursing sister in Pontypool’s Panteg Steelworks.
Edith has a son and daughter who visit regularly as well as three grandsons and five great grandchildren. Daughter Kaye Watson of Caldicot said: “We’d like to thank the staff at Severn View for the standard of care offered to mam. The family are always given a warm welcome when we visit.”
Monmouthshire’s Head of Care, Kim Wallace who manages Severn View added: “It’s hard to put into words the feelings and emotions of what today means to everyone here. Celebrating Edith’s 100th birthday, her telegram from the Queen, sharing in the family’s happiness and pride, seeing the joy on Edith’s face as she shares special moments with the youngest members of her family ….. it’s what matters most to all of us here at Severn View; this really is an extraordinary day and it’s an absolute privilege to be part of Edith’s extra special birthday.”