Resident Patricia at The Grange Care Home in Saffron Walden recently had her wish come true for a mini tea party with her family on her birthday. Patricia was joined by her 2 children Carolyn and Christopher. This make a wish was organised as part of Country Court’s Make a Wish initiative. Residents are given the opportunity to tell staff about somewhere they have always wanted to go or a special activity they always wanted to do.
The team at The Grange organised for Patricia to have a mini afternoon tea party in her room. She was surprised with fresh sandwiches, cakes and other delicious treats. Chef Manager, Georgina Cross and her kitchen team baked Patricia’s favourite cake, Coffee and Walnut and presented it to her on her birthday. Patricia commented on the mini tea party saying she had the best day with her children and she thanked activity coordinator Yvonne Gray for making it happen’.
Patricia was born on March 29th in 1929 in Southampton. She was daughter to Jack and Lucy and has 2 siblings. She went to school in Salisbury and Brighton before she went on to train as a school teacher. In 1949 Patricia started her teaching career in Luton. She progressed through her teaching career and became head teacher at Rothesay Nursing school and Maidenhall Infants school. The second school was said to have been the largest infant school in the country at that time.
In 1949 Patricia moved to London and around this time met her husband to be Maurice Marshall. The pair were married for 56 years. They married on the 1st of July 1953 at Biscot Parish Church. Maurice and Patricia had an extended honeymoon from 1953-1954 where they spent some time in Africa. During this time Patricia worked at the Rhodesia Herald newspaper. ‘She has fond memories of this time in her travel and her different experience’s’ commented Daughter Carolyn.
Patricia retired in 1986 and moved with Maurice to Exmouth where they stayed for a few years before moving back to Luton. In 1988 the pair moved to Thaxted and remained there until Maurice sadly passed away in 2010.
Patricia now lives at The Grange Care home where she is content and sees her children and 4 grandchildren, Ellie, Katy, Alice & Lucy regularly. ‘Patricia is a joy to be around and always has such interesting stories to tell us about her past. We hope she has enjoyed her very own mini tea party’ commented Home Manager Lijo Varghese.