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Former hair salon owner celebrates 100th birthday

Posted on Wednesday 19th June 2019 at 8:38 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Rosa Hunter holding her 100th birthday greeting from the Queen.

A Stoke Gifford resident who ran a hair salon in Bristol for 40 years has celebrated her 100th birthday.

Rosa Hunter, who now lives at Osbourne Court residential home in North Road (next to the St Michael’s Centre), was thrilled to receive a card and personalised congratulatory message from the Queen to mark reaching her centenary year.

Born on 18th May 1919. Rosa opened her first hair salon, with her husband Alex, in Downend. She worked at the salon, which catered for both ladies and gentlemen, until retiring at the age of 72.

Reminiscing about her long and varied life, Rosa says she loved to help her father at their allotment on Ashley Hill and she always enjoyed any kind of outdoor activity.

Rosa and her husband were very good at ballroom dancing, and they won many competitions together. Nowadays, Rosa still likes to listen to music from the 30s and the 40s, which brings back many happy memories.

Asked how she feels about reaching the age of 100, Rosa said:

“If you eat well and have plenty of fresh air, you will be healthy. Mother had many children, but I am the only one left now. I thank my mother and father for reaching this age.”

This article originally appeared in the June 2019 issue of the Stoke Gifford Journal magazine (on page 12). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to over 5,000 homes in Stoke Gifford, Little Stoke and Harry Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Abbeywood students break generational barriers with Osbourne Court residents

Posted on Sunday 18th March 2018 at 5:46 pm by Laura Mortimore

Year 9 student Liv Lewis, reading a selection of her own work to the residents of Osborne Court.

A group of Year 9 students at Abbeywood Community School have met with residents of Osbourne Court to form an ‘Intergenerational Book Group’ as a way of meeting and interacting with members of the community and to share some of their favourite pieces of writing.

On Wednesday 6th December, seven ladies from the residential home travelled to Abbeywood and were greeted with coffee, cake and a friendly group of students. The generational barrier didn’t take long to break through as students and residents both interacted happily with each other, sharing stories about their different lives.

After some warm beverages and sweet treats were enjoyed, the students read out some poems that they had written as well as reading extracts from some Christmas stories which were all met with claps from the Osbourne Court residents.

Debbie Swindail, school librarian and organiser of the group, explained:

“The Intergenerational Book Group aims to bring together different generations from the same community and create opportunities to learn from each other in a relaxed environment, breaking down barriers and building bridges over tea, cake and books. All of our students really enjoyed helping and meeting the ladies and cannot wait to meet them again.”

Fortunately, the students didn’t have to wait long as another book group session was arranged for Monday 22nd January; this time being held at Osbourne Court. The residents enjoyed hosting the event, talking to the students about a variety of topics including the war, pets and their own school lives. The topic of conversation then moved onto books as one of the students read a chapter from Andrew Norriss’ ‘Jessica’s Ghost’, a story about the power of friendship, with one of the residents commenting that they “have never heard anything like that before”.

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