Agnes celebrates 100th

Agnes Thorpe celebrating her 100th birthday surrounded by her sons and daughters (from left) Pat Barnett, Derek Thorpe, John Thorpe and Gill Ball. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG270512-567NG
Agnes Thorpe celebrating her 100th birthday surrounded by her sons and daughters (from left) Pat Barnett, Derek Thorpe, John Thorpe and Gill Ball. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG270512-567NG

THE oldest person in Moulton Chapel celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by her family and friends on Sunday.

Agnes Thorpe, who was born in Moulton Chapel, celebrated with a buffet celebration at a place that has been very important to her over the years, the schoolroom at the Methodist Chapel in the village.

Agnes was married to the late Frank Thorpe, an agricultural contractor, and has four children – Derek Thorpe, Pat Barnett, Gill Ball and John Thorpe – as well as seven grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren, the majority of whom were at the party. Also at the celebration was Agnes’s brother Reg, who lives up the road from his sister and is still three or four years short of his century.

As well as having a large family, Agnes was known to many of the children who attended the village school because she transported them to and from school for many years.

“She loved it and a lot of children kept in touch for a long while,” says Pat. “We are surprised she has lived to 100 because she’s had so much illness over her life, but as she’s got older she’s been better.”

Agnes has been very involved in village life, attending the WI, holding various offices at the Methodist church and at one time involved in the village’s Civil Defence corps.