On Saturday 3rd February 2018, Winifred Apps was joined by five generations of her family, friends and staff at Nevetts in Buntingford to celebrate her 100th birthday.
Win was born in London on 2nd February 1918. She grew up one of four sisters, two older and one younger and was close with her family. During WWII, she enlisted in the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) and moved to Suffolk. It was here that she met Charles, a soldier stationed at the same base who soon became her husband.
The couple were married in the early 1940s with their first daughter coming along in 1945. She was later joined by Sheila, their second daughter, and together the family moved to rural Kent were Win and Charles brought up their family in what Sheila describes as ‘a brilliant childhood’.
After the war, Win focussed on raising her daughters, although she did continue to work in the community for the local Barnardo’s home. She took on a number of jobs for the home, including working as a seamstress.
Charles sadly passed away in 1983 after 40 years of marriage at which time Win moved to Surrey where her sisters were living at the time to be close to them. She then moved to Hertfordshire to be closer to her daughter Sheila and is now living happily at Nevetts care home.
Win’s eldest daughter sadly passed away but her youngest child, Sheila Bullas, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren all joined her for her big day. She celebrated her birthday at Nevetts with five generations of her family attending the event, the youngest being just five weeks old!
Her daughter visits her regularly in the home and the two can often be found doing the crossword together in keeping with Win’s lifelong love of puzzles! She says that Win is ‘an incredibly determined woman which is probably why she’s made it to 100’. Win is a hit with her fellow residents and staff at Nevetts and a wonderful addition to the home.