Former golfer Elsie tees off her 100th year

Former golfer Elsie Knopp teed off her 100th birthday celebrations with the help of her two strapping grandsons.

Elsie, a resident at Colten Care’s Linden House in Lymington, was joined at the care home by William (25) and Thomas Hetherington (23) from Milford-on-Sea and a host of other family members and friends.

The party enjoyed Elsie’s favourite meal of roast beef, followed by bread and butter pudding and of course birthday cake.

Elsie joked: “I don’t feel 100. But then what is 100 supposed to feel like?

“It’s been a lovely party, with very good food, shared with my family.”

Elsie was born in Ormskirk in West Lancashire in 1916.

A long-standing member of Droitwich Golf Club in Worcestershire, female members still compete for the Elsie Knopp trophy, awarded in her honour, each year.

Elsie’s daughter Patricia Hetherington, said: “Mum loved to play golf and was very good at it, playing until well into her 80s.

“She was also chairman of the RNLI in Bromsgrove and helped to raise so much money for the charity that she was invited to one of the Queen’s garden parties at Buckingham Palace.”

Elsie Knopp celebrates her 100th birthday with her grandsons

Elsie Knopp celebrates her 100th birthday with her grandsons

Elsie moved to Hampshire 11 years ago and has been a resident of Linden House since October 2015.

Mrs Hetherington added: “Mum is very happy here at Linden House and the party the staff have thrown for her birthday has been absolutely wonderful.”

Anita Irvine, Home Manager at Linden House, said: “It’s been lovely to welcome Elsie’s family today and to look at all the lovely photographs they have brought in from her long and very active life.”

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Note to Journalists: With more than 30 years’ experience, Colten Care is an award-winning family-owned care home company based in Lymington, Hampshire. It has 20 quality care homes covering Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire and offers a range of services spanning residential, nursing and dementia care. Colten Care is determined to set the highest standards in all aspects of care of the older person. Colten Care is also committed to raising money for charitable causes. Residents in each home are encouraged to nominate a main charity to help every year, leaving scope for other organisations to be supported too. Activities organisers, social carers and other team members then enable residents to contribute directly in meaningful ways such as making arts and crafts to sell at fundraising fetes and suggesting ideas for sponsored quizzes. In 2015, Colten Care residents and team members raised nearly £32,000 for charity.