Sunday, 19 September 2021

Keeping active is secret to a long life, says Nancy, 101

A WOMAN celebrated her 101st birthday with fellow members of the congregation at St Mary’s Church in

A WOMAN celebrated her 101st birthday with fellow members of the congregation at St Mary’s Church in Henley.

Nancy Barker, of Meadow Road, Henley, was treated to a rendition of

Happy Birthday
during the service on Sunday, the day after her big day.

Afterwards worshippers joined her at the Chantry House next door for coffee and she was presented with flowers and a birthday cake.

Mrs Barker said: “I go to the church every Sunday and during the week. It’s a lovely church with a lovely fellowship.



“I have many, many friends. I wouldn’t be able to get there but many of them offer to give me a lift.”

Mrs Barker, a former teacher, was born in Swansea on January 23, 1915. She moved to Henley with her husband Keith when he retired 20 years ago.

The couple, who were married at a Methodist church in Swansea in 1960, had previously lived in Castle Donington, Burnley and Paderborn in Germany, usually moving for Mr Barker’s job with Courtaulds.

Mrs Barker said: “After my husband retired we travelled a lot with holidays abroad. He enjoyed travelling, as did I. We went to India, China, Russia and America.”

Mr Barker died in 2012.

On her actual birthday Mrs Barker went out with members of her family, including her cousin who lives in Witney.  

She is an honorary member of Henley Bowls Club and trophies and medals from when she played are displayed in her living room.

She is also a member of the University for the Creative Arts’ reading group and the Henley Decorative and Fine Arts Society, which meets at Phyllis Court Club in Henley.

Mrs Barker said: “I do not know what has helped me to live so long.

“I would advise to keep active as long as you can, keep interested in life and people and to have lots of friends.”



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