A great, great occasion!

14th April 2012

Great-great-grandmother of three Winifred Sawtell celebrated her 100th birthday party on April 14th at Fairlawn with a family party. Photo @ Newsquest Bournemouth Daily Echo


Great-great-grandmother of three Winifred Sawtell, who was born on the day the Titanic went down, celebrated her 100th birthday party at Fairlawn residential care home in Ferndown, with a family party.

Her daughter Pam Pitfield, four grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren got together to wish her a happy birthday. Her family ranges in age from Pam, 66, to five-week old great-great-great grandson Jayden Pitfield. Great-granddaughter Sammy Jo, 22, made a birthday cake for the occasion.

Winifred is the last survivor of seven children. She was born at Sixpenny Handley and went as a young girl into domestic service for the family of a doctor in Bournemouth where she met her husband to be William (Bill) Sawtell, Bill served in the Royal Navy and then worked as a foreman builder. They lived in Wimborne and were married for 49 years until Bill’s death 26 years ago.

The party was a pleasant surprise for Winifred. “She was a bit overwhelmed. That was the first time we have had a whole family get together for years and years,” said Pam.

The chef at Fairlawn did the party proud, going in on his day off to prepare the food. Fairlawn is one of 16 homes operated in Dorset by Poole-based Care South, a leading provider of residential, nursing and home care in the south of England.