Mrs Pauline Bradley celebrating her 100th birthday at a party with family and friends
Mrs Pauline Bradley celebrating her 100th birthday at a party with family and friends

A former WI president who lived in the Newark area for many years has celebrated her 100th birthday with friends and family.

Mrs Pauline Bradley, the widow of farmer Mr David Bradley, of Thorpe Lodge Farm, reached her centenary on November 6.

Born in Nottingham, she and her husband lived at Thorpe Lodge Farm from the late 1930s until Mr Bradley’s retirement in 1984.

Mr Bradley was chairman of the Newark and Nottinghamshire Show in the early 1980s and built the Point To Point racecourse at Thorpe Lodge that is still used today.

Mrs Bradley, who now lives in Sussex, was a devoted farmer’s wife but also served as president of East Stoke WI and as treasurer of the WI Market in Newark.

On Mr Bradley’s retirement, Thorpe Lodge was sold to the Walker family, who still farm there, and the couple built a retirement home at Farndon Fields from a derelict farmhouse.

They lived there until Mr Bradley died in 1986.

Mrs Bradley moved to Ashurst Wood, Sussex, in 1987 to be closer to her two daughters.

She has four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, the last of whom was born on November 1.

Other than limited mobility Mrs Bradley is in good health and would love to hear from anyone who remembers her.

Anyone who wants to get in touch can write to 34 Hammerwood Road, Ashurst Wood, West Sussex, RH19 3TQ, and include a phone number.