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Almshouse Resident Reaches 100

The Spalding Town Husbands who administer the Spalding Almshouse Charity surprised one of their residents with a 100th birthday party.  Vera Clarke of Winsover Road, Spalding was 100 on 28th June 2019 and residents, family, Trustees and staff celebrated with a party held at St Norberts Community Hall, Spalding.  Vera is the longest residing resident having been in her almshouse for 38 years.  

Vera Peace Clarke (nee Coulson) was born in Delgate Bank, Weston Hills.  Her middle name of Peace was given as she was born on the day the Treaty of Versailles was signed.   She has lived in South Holland her whole life.  She had her first job working on the land in the village aged just 14.  She has two daughters and a son by her late husband Lawrence, who sadly passed away 40 years ago.  She has five grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and five step great grandchildren.  

Vera is still very active, regularly walking into town and she always attends the Town Husbands’ outings.  

The Chairman of Trustees, Robin Hancox, presented Vera with a bouquet of flowers and the afternoon was followed by a sing along and afternoon tea.  

Vera had brought her birthday card from the Queen to proudly show to other residents.  Her family and friends had already held a surprise party for her at the weekend and there were further parties over the coming week.  Vera hadn’t wanted any fuss but has thoroughly enjoyed being spoilt.