Retired church organist Brenda hits 100th note in Moulton Chapel

Brenda Carrott at her 100th birthday party, with son Peter and daughter-in-law Claudia Carrott.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Brenda Carrott at her 100th birthday party, with son Peter and daughter-in-law Claudia Carrott. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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As much of Moulton Chapel as could fit into The Jolly Farmer pub did so on Friday for Brenda Carrott’s 100th birthday party.

Hosted by her only son Peter Carrott ten days after flying in from the USA, the village pub was packed with cakes, crisps, cards and conversations, all celebrating Brenda’s amazing life.

I don’t know what has kept me going except that I keep busy and don’t worry about anything

Brenda Carrott of Moulton Chapel

Brenda, who has lived in the same Moulton Chapel home all her life, was born at the same time as George V was King, Herbert Asquith was Prime Minister, Cheltenham-born composer Gustav Holst composed The Planets and the veterinary author James Herriot was born.

Peter said: “Mum went to the village primary school and after she finished her education, she became an apprentice dressmaker in Spalding.

“She would ride her bike to work, six days a week, for about 14 years and eventually Mum became head dressmaker.

“Mum would also make dresses at home for people in the village and she made many wedding dresses for people.”

Apart from dressmaking and knitting, the other main pillar in Brenda’s life has been Moulton Chapel Methodist Church where she was a Sunday School teacher, as well as an organist from the ages of 17 until 90.

Brenda, who has two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, said: “I don’t know what has kept me going except that I keep busy and don’t worry about anything.

“I do a lot of knitting, making quilts that are sent to Africa for charity, and I like fish and chips.”

George Noble, Brenda’s nephew who came up to the birthday party from London, said: “Auntie was always very energetic, like a little sparrow hopping up and down.

“She’s always looked the same and I always called her Doris which she hated.

“The one thing I remember about Auntie was that she had the only TV in Moulton Chapel during the 1950s, so she was always ahead of everyone else.”
Rev David Curran, who worked with Brenda at Moulton Chapel Methodist Church, said: “I’ve known Brenda for 40 year, 23 of them as her minister, and she’s always been a smashing lady.”