Eat well, live well and laugh are the secrets to a long life, according to one of Stockport’s oldest females who reached the magnificent milestone of 100 years old yesterday, Thursday 30 May 2024.

A resident at Cheadle Manor Care Centre on Stockport Road in Cheadle, Elsie Shackcloth is a vibrant, quick witted and fun lady and was delighted to receive her message of congratulations from The King and The Queen Consort next week.

Very much part of the home’s wonderful family of staff and residents, Elsie continues to enjoy every day to the fullest and, as Cheadle Manor’s first resident to celebrate their 100th birthday, the team planned a day to remember filled with love, laughter, fun and a party with her family and friends.

Central to the day’s celebrations was a 100th birthday cake, complete with candles, a buffet with all of Elsie’s favourite cakes, including music, banners, balloons and a room filled with love.

Home manager at Cheadle Manor, Helen Hartley, said: “To our knowledge, Elsie is the oldest female living in Stockport, and she is our first centenarian at Cheadle Manor. Still incredibly alert, she is still taking part in our wellbeing activities, watching television in the lounge and eating with fellow residents. It’s incredible to make this milestone and we were determined to mark the occasion in style!

“More than just a birthday, this has been a whole month of celebrations for Elsie,” continued Helen, “But she thoroughly deserves it, it’s an amazing celebration of a life well lived and will continue to spoil her!”

Elsie Shackcloth has enjoyed a long and happy life. Born at St Mary’s Hospital in Manchester in 1924, she is originally from North Manchester and spent most of her formative years in Crumpsall. After leaving school, her first job was in the catering at a local hospital, but this was cut short by World War II when she moved on to work at the Ministry of Food to help oversee rationing and show how families could make meals with what little food there was available.

She met her beloved husband Joe Shackcloth while she was still at school. With both living locally and their parents being friends, the youngsters knew each other and went to the same school, but it wasn’t until one fateful day at Crumpsall Park Methodist Church that their eyes locked together, and they agreed to go on their first date. During the war, Joe was called up to serve in the RAF so the young couple had to wait until 1946 to be married after which their son Paul arrived in 1949 and daughter Jean in 1951.

Enjoying life with their young family, the couple bought a café, Broadhurst Café, in Moston North Manchester and enjoyed running this together between 1953 until 1962. Following on from the cafe Elsie and husband Joe travelled from North Manchester to south Manchester and enjoyed various jobs but mostly enjoyed raising their small children. Elsie moved into Cheadle Manor Care Centre on Tuesday 13 Feb 2024.

So, what is the secret to a long life according to Elsie? She says: “I remember my dad owning his own greengrocers called Albert Haynes in Crumpsall and throwing me and my brother an apple every morning before we left for school every morning. In those days, an apple was like gold dust, and with him running the fresh fruit and vegetables business we were around good food and always able to eat well. So that’s my secret, live well and eat well – oh, and don’t forget to laugh along the way! Reaching your 100th birthday is like breaking a record in sport and have enjoyed celebrating!”

Part of the McGoff Group, New Care is one of the UK’s leading care home providers.  Its portfolio of purpose-built luxury care centres has an enviable reputation for outstanding care that is second to none.  Located on Stockport Road, just outside of Cheadle village centre, Cheadle Manor is a superb 68-bed home offering nursing, residential, respite and dementia care from an experienced and friendly team. For more information to make an appointment to view the home, please contact Helen on 0161 549 5302 or email enquiries@newcarehomes.com.