When you reach 100 years of age, the Queen sends you a birthday card and then one every year from that!

One resident who recently moved in to a new extra-care scheme – is about to get her fifth birthday card from Her Royal Highness – and she celebrated in style.

At Ansell Court over the weekend, the family and friends of Rebecca Kaufman celebrated her 105th birthday – complete with a cake and a visit from the London Borough of Barnet’s Mayor, Councillor Caroline Stock.

Ms Kaufman was very proud to say she was born in the year 1914. As a quick recap, here’s what actually happened in that year.

The First World War was declared in 1914 so that takes the ‘crown’ for the biggest milestone that year. 1914 was also the year of the first regular scheduled airline commercial passenger service from St Petersburg to Tampa. Silent movie-star Charlie Chaplin made his film debut in 1914, too.

But this time, Ms Kaufman was the star of the show celebrating her 105th birthday among her nearest and dearest.

The Mayor of Barnet said, “I feel very lucky to meet such a long-living resident on my first trip to Ansell Court that at the same time, is a fantastic scheme in Barnet which helps our older residents live an independent life for longer. Rebecca is amazing!”

Barnet’s extra-care scheme, Ansell Court opened earlier in the year. It provides independent living for its residents as they are able to live in self-contained flats with support from staff who work at the scheme.

For more information about Ansell Court please click here: https://thebarnetgroup.org/ycb/our-services/ansell-court/

Your Choice Barnet is proud to support Silver Week from the 1-7 October. It starts off with Silver Sunday on the 1st October, which kicks off a week of activities for older people in Barnet. For more information  and a full schedule click here.