Big sur­prise for Rose’s 80th

The Wokingham Paper - - NEWS - By PHIL CREIGHTON news@wok­ing­ham­pa­per.co.uk

A WOMAN from Ar­bor­field said she was “ab­so­lutely shocked” by her 80th birth­day party – be­cause she knew noth­ing about it.

On Satur­day, friends, fam­ily and neigh­bours gath­ered to­gether at Ar­bor­field Vil­lage Hall for a spe­cial af­ter­noon tea to mark the mile­stone birth­day of res­i­dent Rose Cog­bill.

The event had been kept as a sur­prise for Rose who has lived in and around the vil­lage for most of her life.

There were fun and games, quizzes and much laugh­ter be­fore a spe­cially cre­ated birth­day cake was cut – and Rose made sure she went round all the ta­bles to catch up with the friends who had come out to help her cel­e­brate.

The party came just two days af­ter her ac­tual birth­day, where she had been treated roy­ally by her daugh­ter, Tracey Cog­bill-Whar­ton.

Rose told The Wok­ing­ham Pa­per that she knew noth­ing about the se­cret party held in her hon­our.

“I couldn’t be­lieve it,” she said. “My friends were tak­ing me out for the af­ter­noon but said they wanted to stop in at the vil­lage hall to buy some Christ­mas items. But it wasn’t a sale, it was this. It was well worth it. “They told me they were tak­ing me to a high tea, that’s what I thought I was do­ing.

“It’s nice to be made a fuss of, es­pe­cially as my hus­band died seven years ago.”

Daugh­ter Tracey was pleased that so many peo­ple had turned out to wish her much-loved Mum a very happy birth­day.

“She’s well-known in the com­mu­nity, so it’s nice to make this a spe­cial oc­ca­sion,” she said. “Mum has got in­volved in lots of com­mu­nity ini­tia­tives, she is wellloved around the vil­lage. “Ev­ery­one knows her!”

Rose was brought up in School Road be­fore mov­ing to Win­nersh for a while, and then came back to the vil­lage around 30 years ago.

“I love Ar­bor­field, I wouldn’t go any­where else,” she said. “I’ve seen lots of changes in my time.”

She might now be re­tired, but she is still ac­tive and is a keen gar­dener.

“I do gar­den­ing, run­ner beans, toma­toes and cu­cum­bers are all grow­ing in my gar­den,” she said. “I had 29 cu­cum­bers from two plants, which is good. Had I known you were com­ing I’d have brought you one.”

Also keep­ing her ac­tive is her dog Heidi: “I walk her three times a day,” she ex­plained.

Friends, fam­ily and neigh­bours gath­ered to cel­e­brate the 80th birth­day of Ar­bor­field res­i­dent Rose Cog­bill, pic­tured in­set with her daugh­ter Tracey Cog­bill-Whar­ton

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