Triple birthday celebration at Exmouth’s Rest Haven

PUBLISHED: 07:00 28 July 2018

From left to right: Mrs Vera Leahy, Mrs Nora Washbourn, and Mrs Peggy Weeks. They are joined by carers from Rest Haven.

From left to right: Mrs Vera Leahy, Mrs Nora Washbourn, and Mrs Peggy Weeks. They are joined by carers from Rest Haven.


An Exmouth care home has thrown a special party for three of its residents – all of which have reached a landmark birthday.

Rest Haven Retirement Home, in Gussiford Lane, organised a party with family, friends and glasses of bubbly as resident Vera Leahy turned 100; her fellow resident Peggy Weeks reached the landmark birthday last month while Nora Washbourn turned 101 in January.

All three received the traditional cards from the Queen.

Rest Haven administrator Nola Cuthel told the Journal: “Rest Haven would like to congratulate three of their ladies on reaching there 100th birthday.

“At Rest Haven, all three ladies are having a busy schedule with friends and family’s visiting daily and enjoying sitting out in sunshine and having a good natter with other residents.”

According to Nola, the trio agreed that the secret to a happy long life is having a hobby, exercise, a good life and having a whisky and ginger each night.

Nora has been staying at Rest Haven since October last year and was one of nine children. She went on to work at Lyons Café in Exeter and also ‘travelled a lot’ as her husband was in the RAF.

Peggy, who turned 100 last month, has been a resident at the Gussiford Lane-home since last November. Prior to moving to Exmouth with her husband several years ago, she worked on her father’s farm.

Vera, who worked as a tailor during World War Two, has lived at Rest Haven since February.

She eventually moved to working on machines for aircrafts during the 1939 to 1945 conflict where she met her husband. Vera moved to Exmouth in 2006.

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