It’s the good life for Violet (107)

Violet Davies-Evans has celebrated her 107th birthday at  Ashwood Nursing Home in Spalding. ANL-150204-120108001
Violet Davies-Evans has celebrated her 107th birthday at Ashwood Nursing Home in Spalding. ANL-150204-120108001
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When a leading wine company discovered its oldest customer was 105, she was sent a complementary bottle of Champagne.

Two years on, Violet Davies-Evans, a former beauty specialist for Elizabeth Arden in London, is still living life in style.

So it isn’t really surprising a relative got a ticking off when Violet didn’t quite have the right shade of lipstick for a Boden dress that was ordered for her to wear at Christmas.

But those who know her where she lives at Ashwood Nursing Home in Spalding wouldn’t have her any other way. Staff, members of her family and residents held a special celebration for Violet to mark her 107th birthday.

Born in Sutterton in 1908, the third child of what was to be a family of four sisters and a brother, Violet was brought up in Spalding. After leaving school she started work at Pennington’s before moving to Birmingham as a beautician at Marshall and Snelgroves.

In the thirties she moved to London to work for Elizabeth Arden as a beauty specialist, advising many influential clients on how to make the best of themselves.

Violet was married to Hubert in 1938 and, although they would have liked to have a family, that was not to be.

At the outbreak of war Elizabeth Arden, herself, offered Violet a job in America but she chose to stay in London. As well as her day job working as a PA to Christopher Hinton, (Baron Hinton of Bankside) in the Ministry of Supply she was regularly to be found fire-watching on the roofs of the capital.

After the war Violet, her husband and two dogs moved to Oxfordshire where he became head of a school in a large mental hospital. They enjoyed a busy social life entertaining friends and she was able to demonstrate her wide range of cooking skills as well as the love her of antiques, painting and tapestry work.

Sadly, soon after his retirement in 1975, her husband died and, having too large a property to look after on her own, she moved back to Lincolnshire, sharing a house in Osbournby with her also widowed sister, May, and getting fully involved in village life.

After the death of her sister Violet moved back to Spalding where she has lived independently until the middle of last year when she moved into Ashwood.

Violet has been remarkable for her age still reading the paper and keeping abreast of world events.