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A Milestone in Lockdown for Brendoncare Froxfield Resident, Joyce Burfield

Joyce Burfield, a resident at Brendoncare Froxfield nursing home, celebrated her 100th birthday last weekend.

To celebrate such a milestone in lockdown, the team at the nursing home made sure it was a special day for Joyce. There was a virtual tea party so her family could join in the celebrations too. There was a special birthday cake and buffet with all her friends at Brendoncare Froxfield, and lots of bunting and balloons to brighten up the day.  

Joyce said,

“It was such a lovely surprise to see my family on my birthday, I wasn’t expecting anything like it. All my lovely flowers and balloon, I love them all, thank you. Thank you Christine for my lovely cake and to all the staff, especially Laura for making it so special and to the Queen for my card.”

Laura Brown, Activities Coordinator at Brendoncare Froxfield, added,

“It was great to be able to turn to technology to bring Joyce and her family together to celebrate her big birthday. Joyce was so happy to have a virtual party with her son and daughter-in law, Ian and Penny, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. It was such a lovely day.”

Joyce Burfield was born in 1921 and raised in Highbury, London, in a family of five. In her early teens, she went to work in central London as a secretarial assistant for Jack Hilton an entertainment impresario.

In 1940 at the age of nineteen she joined the WAF as a teleprinter operator, as part of the War Effort. Whilst in the WAF she met her husband Ron, who was serving in the RAF at the time. They married in 1942 and in 1943 she was evacuated to Wetherby, North Yorkshire, to give birth to her only child, Ian. She was subsequently relocated to Leighton, London, from where they were ‘bombed out’, and thence further evacuated to Salhouse in Norfolk for safety.

In 1947 she took her son to visit her husband Ron who was still serving in the RAF in Singapore. The journey by passenger liner, took them through the Suez Canal via Bombay and Colombo. They stayed for just over one year in officers’ quarters in Changi, Singapore. When Ron was demobbed, they returned to England.

On returning home, they lived in Tottenham before moving to Enfield, north London, where Joyce started work again as a secretary at Fergusson Electrical Company. In 1963 they moved to Hertfordshire, where Joyce spent much time in her garden.

In 1985, on Ron’s retirement, they moved to Sidmouth, Devon, where Joyce was able to continue with her interests in the garden. They spent many happy years there, until Ron passed away in 2012.

In 2013 Joyce moved to a flat in Newbury, to be near her family, where she lived for the next six years, before moving into her current home at Brendoncare Froxfield in August 2019.

Brendoncare Froxfield is run by Winchester-based charity, The Brendoncare Foundation. It is situated between Hungerford and Marlborough and is a nursing home which caters for 44 residents and includes a specialist 16 bed dementia care household. Froxfield has been specifically designed to enable older people to live independent, happy and fulfilling lives.

More information about Brendoncare Froxfield can be found on the charity’s website or by telephoning 01488 684916,

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