A Kingswood resident turned 104 in September, and celebrated her birthday with her favourite tipple and a special shopping trip.
Joyce Eva Lambert, who celebrated her birthday on Thursday, September 27, has lived in Briar Road on the Kingswood Estate since 1936, when she moved to the area shortly after getting married.
She was born in Dunstable in 1914, the youngest of nine, having four brothers and four sisters.
On being a part of such a large family, Joyce said: “Big families were commonplace back then. It was certainly cosy, and I didn’t know any different.”
GarstonNews visited Joyce the day after the event to enjoy some belated birthday cake with Joyce’s only daughter Joy, Mayor Peter Taylor, and three ladies from Alina Homecare who help Joyce with her daily care – not that she needs much help.
Joyce does all her own cooking, and up until the age of 97, when she had a fall, would regularly weed her garden.
On the big day itself, Joyce and Joy enjoyed a shopping trip to Watford town centre, followed by lunch at ASK, where Joyce indulged in her favourite tipple, a glass of white wine.
This is one of the habits that Joyce swears by for her impressive longevity, alongside a varied diet, the occasional takeaway, and regular walks into town in her younger days.
Joyce also enjoys fortnightly manicures and hair appointments at the local salon, as well as being an avid reader who loves historical fiction.
But her main secret to staying young at heart lies in believing that it is never too late to try something new. She said: “Shortly after my husband passed away, I flew to Spain on my own for the first time, aged 85.”
Joyce’s daughter Joy wanted to thank Alina for the exceptional level of care they provide for her mother. She said: “We have such a great relationship with Alina. Their carers offer the personal touch which makes such a difference.”