There are celebrations taking place today at The Orders of St John’s Care Trust Larkrise Care Centre in Banbury as one of their residents, Olive turns 105.

Olive Lena Tebbutt was born on 29th March 1913, in Stoke Newington. Born to mother, Lena and father Arthur. Following her birth, Olive’s sister Gertie was born in 1919 and her brother Arthur followed shortly after in 1932.

Growing up in East London during the 1920’s, Olive had a very happy early childhood until the unfortunate death of her father during an accident at the London docks in 1924. Following her father’s death, life became hard for Olive and her family, with Olive’s mother having to work two jobs just to be able to provide food and clothes for the children. As the eldest child, it became Olive’s responsibility to take charge of her younger siblings.

After leaving school, Olive went on to get a job in London as Clerk working for a magazine publishing company, Poultry World. Olive met her husband, Bertie Lynam in 1935 and went on to marry him on the 21st October 1939.

Forty-six years of marriage followed for Bertie and Olive, with much of their marriage being spent cycling round Suffolk and Norfolk on their Tandem Bike. Bert took on a role working for a firm manufacturing aircraft parts, and as a result in 1968 they relocated to Banbury where they lived together until Bert sadly died in December 1986.

Following the death of Bert, Olive remained in Banbury until she moved to Cropredy in 1998. Whilst living here, Olive quickly immersed herself into village life, supporting the British Legion and the St Mary’s Church where she became a member of the flower arranging team.

One of Olive’s fondest memories was going on many holidays with her dearest friend Vera, they travelled all over the country and abroad on coach holidays. Olive is now a Great Aunty to many Great-nieces and Nephews.

The celebrations for Olive’s birthday include a party with her family, Lollypop Ponies coming into the home this morning and then tea and cake with more family this afternoon.