CHURCH volunteer and school pianist Florence Chettle celebrated her 100th birthday with friends and family at her care home in Chesterfield.
A party was held at Barnfield Care Home to celebrate her centenary, with an entertainer, buffet tea and cake.
The devout Methodist attended a special service the following day at Storrs Road Methodist Church followed by a family meal in the Church Centre.
Alongside her card from the Queen and letter from the Secretary of State, members of Florence’s family sent celebratory cards and greetings from around the world.
Florence has three children, eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren who live in Canada, America and Australia, as well as the UK.
Helen Sabin, Florence’s daughter, said: “A huge thank you goes to Barnfield Care Home, Holmewood for organising a celebration.
“Until March this year, Mum was independent and living in her own home, but she had a fall and is having respite care in Barnfield Care Home, in Holmewood.”
Florence was born in Nottingham on 15th April 1918 – just seven months before the end of World War I.
In 1945 she married Frank Chettle, a headteacher at Tapton House School, in Chesterfield, with whom she had her three children.
She spent her married life in Nottingham, Norwich, Worcestershire and, finally, Chesterfield, where she carried out voluntary work for the Methodist church, ran a playgroup and played the piano in various schools.
Alison Riley, home manager at Barnfield Care Home, on Heath Road, said: “Florence hasn’t been with us long but she became a part of the Barnfield family from day one.
“We celebrate all our residents’ birthdays but reaching 100 years of age is an extra-special day and we all thoroughly enjoyed helping Florence mark the occasion.”