Celebrations have been in full swing at Ashcombe House in Worting road, Basingstoke, as one of its residents reaches her 102nd birthday in style.

Lilian was joined by staff, friends and other residents as she reached this amazing milestone. The homes chef Tracey Dyer made a special birthday cake which was enjoyed by all.

Lilian, during the war years was in the WRAF, Women’s Royal Air Force serving as an instrument engineer and speaks fondling of her time here. Lilian has done many voluntary jobs through her life and used to love gardening. Lilian grew up in Hursley in Winchester before moving to Oakley in Basingstoke .

The birthday girl said: Her secret to a long life is ‘to just get on with it’ When questioned how she manages to still look so young Lilian replied ‘I just have good genes’

Children from Kings Furlong infant school made Lilian a huge birthday card, designed, made and signed by the children which brought a tear to Lilian’s eye.

The afternoon continued with a visit from Wings of freedom, a bird of Prey rescue centre. Colin founder of wings of freedom introduced residents to a variety of birds of prey including, Norman the Tawny owl, rocky the barn owl and Kevin the Kestrel. Lilian held Kevin the kestrel and was amazed as she never thought this would be something she would ever be doing let alone for her 102nd birthday!

Louise Lambert, General Manager of Barchester Ashcombe House added: “We’re delighted to be celebrating a truly remarkable Lady as Lilian reaches this amazing milestone. “Lilian is such a wonderful lady with so much knowledge and personality I feel truly blessed to be able to celebrate this day with her.”

Ashcombe House care home is run by Barchester Healthcare, one of the UK’s largest care providers, Ashcombe House provides residential and nursing care for 31 residents from respite care to long term stays, and prides itself on the life enrichment it provides for its residents.