Huntercombe Hall celebrates Gladys’ 100th birthday


A Huntercombe Hall resident known for her infectious smile and love of music, has celebrated her 100th birthday.

Gladys Matthews was born on 18th December 1923 in Kingsclere near Newbury. To commemorate her special birthday, Gladys enjoyed a party with her family and friends.

Gladys grew up with three sisters. Her father was a gardener whilst her mother raised the girls. Gladys signed up to the women’s Army during World War Two until she was 25 years old. She went on to raise a daughter of her own, Janet.

To celebrate her 100th Birthday the home organised a party with a cake made by the home’s talented Chef and a singer and pianist providing the entertainment. She also received a card from the King and Queen.

When asked what her secret to a long life is, Gladys replied, “keep getting on up out of bed each day.”

Pete Watt, Home Manager at Huntercombe Hall said, “Gladys has been a resident at Huntercombe Hall for three years  and is a much-loved part of the Huntercombe family.  Gladys brings so much joy to everyone in the home with her infectious smile.”