105th birthday celebrations at Beauchamp House

15th June 2017

Beauchamp House hosted a very special birthday party for one of its residents, Pam (Irene) Chilcott, to celebrate her turning 105 years old. Pam was thrilled to receive a special card from the Queen.

Born in Luton, Bedfordshire in 1912, Pam spent much of her life travelling around the world, visiting countries including Hong Kong, Singapore, Germany, Ireland and Wales with her husband, John, who served in the Royal Air Force. Pam moved to Somerset 14 years ago.

Pam was joined on her special day by her daughter, Jennifer Shove and son, Timothy Chilcott, as well as friends, Dr Williams and Hilary North. Fellow residents and members of the Beauchamp House staff also joined Pam for a celebratory afternoon tea in the home’s lounge.

A keen sportswoman in her younger days, Pam enjoyed athletics, particularly the high jump in which she competed at school and won a number of medals, as well as tennis and swimming. An able seamstress, she used to make clothes before her eye sight deteriorated too much. Pam now enjoys spending her time listening to talking books.

Asked about the key to such a long life, Pam said: “I wish I knew! But I don’t smoke and I don’t drink, apart from the odd Baileys on high days and holidays.

“I would like to thank everyone who came and helped me celebrate my big day, and especially the wonderful kitchen team here at Beauchamp House for the beautiful cake and lovely spread they put on for afternoon tea.”

Home Manager, Pat Britten, added: “We were delighted to host Pam’s special celebrations at Beauchamp House. Our team works really hard to make sure our residents’ birthdays are really special events – especially milestone birthdays like these. Pam was very pleased with her special card from the Queen and it’s certainly taken pride of place here at the home.”