Corbrook Park resident celebrates her 105th Birthday

Edith Hodkinson reveals that the secret to her long life is keeping busy and taking part in the interesting activities that Corbrook Park provides

Great-great grandmother, Edith Hodkinson recently celebrated her 105th birthday surrounded by five generations of her family at Corbrook Park Nursing Home in Audlem, Cheshire.  To mark this extraordinary milestone, Corbrook Park hosted an open day when members of the public were invited to meet Edith and take part in activities and a tour around the home.

Edith was born in Leek in Staffordshire in 1919, following the end of the First World War.  In 1938, at 19 years old, she married Walter Hulme and both worked on the family farm in Wormhill, Rushton, later moving to Hunt House Farm near Leek.  When the Second World War broke out Walter joined the Royal Observer Corps and the Hulmes continued to farm, hosting evacuees from the surrounding cities. 

In later years Edith and Walter made prize-winning Cheshire cheese and Farmhouse butter until their retirement in 1971.  Edith and Walter had five children together and today Edith enjoys a large, multi-generational family with 11 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.  

Edith enjoyed a number of interests and hobbies throughout her life.  She was a lady captain of Crewe Golf Club and Rease Health Club and she volunteered for many charities, including Meals on Wheels. She also sang in the local choir and was a talented organist.

Ten years after Walter’s death in 1978 Edith re-married John Hodkinson, who sadly passed away in 2012. 

When quizzed on the secret of her long life, Edith replies: “I’ve no idea, but I suspect keeping busy plays a part.  I like to stay active and I really look forward to all the interesting and meaningful daily activities provided by the team here at Corbrook Park – they keep me young!”

Santhosh George, general manager, Corbrook Park Nursing Home, says: “We were delighted to celebrate Edith’s 105th Birthday with an Open Day here at Corbrook Park, which has been her home for the last two years.  Edith is a popular resident and she’s always keen to try new things and to keep her mind active.

“As well as her family and friends, members of the public were also invited to join us and help Edith mark her special day, by participating in a host of fun activities such as skittles and dominoes with the residents, while also having the opportunity to tour the home.  

Set in stunning grounds and with views over the surrounding Cheshire countryside, Corbrook Park provides dementia, nursing, respite, disability, day and palliative care for up to 80 residents.

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