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Care South resident celebrates 103rd birthday in East Dorset Home

6 February 2019


Minnie Cutmore, a resident at Care South’s Fairlawn care home in Ferndown, celebrated her milestone 103rd birthday recently.

Born on 24th January 1916, Minnie or ‘Lyn’, to her family and friends, has been a resident of Fairlawn for the past 14 years. 

Growing up, Lyn decided to follow her creative flair for design and began working as a milliner and dressmaker. In this era it was very rare for women to have a career, and Lyn was one of the few women of her generation to break the mould. Lyn loved her job and it didn’t take her long to be promoted to Court Dress Maker, where she created and designed elegant dresses for many visitors to the Royal Court, including budding debutantes.

Outside of work, Lyn was always surrounded by her family, as she still enjoys nothing more than spending time with her son Steve, her three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

In her spare time, Lyn enjoys crafts and being creative, she particularly loves painting at the home. She also enjoys watching and taking part in the many activities at Fairlawn, her favourite activity at the home are the creative workshops, which the home organise on a weekly basis. 

Lyn celebrated her 103rd birthday at the home surrounded by family, friends and fellow residents, who certainly made sure her big day was a special one, with a tea party arranged. She enjoyed a piece of cake and lovely cup of tea whilst the residents and staff sang ‘Happy Birthday’.

Lyn has seen much change over the last 100 years, including two World Wars, the Great Depression of the 1930s, the moon landings and space race, as well as a number of key inventions, such as the PC, aeroplane, antibiotics, TV and the advent of the internet.

Karen Curtis, Manger at Fairlawn said: “Lyn turning 103 is a remarkable feat and we were delighted to help her mark this special day with a special party just for her. Lyn is a joy to be around, and all the staff at Fairlawn enjoy listening to her tell stories. At Care South, all staff work hard to make sure our residents’ birthdays are truly memorable occasions.”

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