Important birthdays and exciting events

Important birthdays and exciting events

We marked two really important events this week… Kath Brown, our lovely former Housemaid, celebrated her 103rd birthday on Monday 28th May and we played host to the Wolds Walking Festival on Wednesday 30th May.

We were very pleased with the number of walkers who turned out in the less than perfect weather to take part in one or two of our South Ormsby Walks on Wednesday. It was actually warm and dry, if not a little murky in the morning, before clearing up in the afternoon.

Craig giving the walkers a tour of the walled garden.

Great to see so many of the walkers braving the wet weather.

Geoff Newmarch was first out there with his ‘Leg Stretcher’ for those who like a challenge – his walk was approximately 15 miles long and the walkers took about 6 hours. At the same time, a less challenging walk was underway as visitors undertook our very own ‘Wesley Walk’. Then in the afternoon we offered an Estate Walk – visiting the village Park and Hall.

Craig, the Estate Steward, guided people around the walled garden and Caron offered a little history when she opened the Hall front door to the passing crew.  Quite a few of the walkers, and some just passing by, found the One Year On exhibition in the Old School, with Jackie Dickinson on hand to explain our achievements thusfar and the future vision.

The walkers took in the beautiful scenery…

…including our amazing woodlands.

Many of the walkers had been on other walks during the Wolds Walking Festival and coastal and nights walks had certainly been enjoyed by quite a few. Some walkers even come from Yorkshire and Cambridgeshire to enjoy the Lincolnshire Wolds.

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Kathleen Brown was on form to celebrate her 103rd Birthday on Monday. Kath was born on 28th May 1915 and so has lived through 2 world wars and 3 monarchs (not including Edward VIII).

Her memories of her 10 years’ service at South Ormsby are some of her happiest. She loved Mrs Mundy, Squire Adrian Massingberd-Mundy’s mum, and tells funny stories about his father Godfrey.

Kath Brown, former housemaid to the Squire…

… celebrated her 103rd birthday this week.

Kath, who only a week ago had had a half hip replacement operation, had only returned to her home 2 days before. The doctors were amazed at her speedy recovery and the home staff were really happy to welcome her back.

We sent flowers to wish her well and Jacqui and Caron had made a recording of her stories that she could play back and listen to. She was joined by her son David and his wife Pam for a lunch that Caron was also able to attend. The four of them listened to the recording whilst eating Kath’s favourite lunch of chicken pie.

Before lunch she had sat in the lovely sunny garden at the Residential home with her friends and Shirl, a volunteer at the Home, had joined them. Shirl spent some of her childhood at Ketsby Mill near South Ormsby Hall. It was Kath who had told her some local stories relating to her Ketsby family.