A WINCHESTER woman has just turned 100 years of age.

Eileen Davies was born on March 7 1918, whilst the Great War was raging, and brought up in Stockbridge Road, Fulflood, near the goods yard at the railway station.

Although named Dorothy, she has always been known as Eileen.

After leaving school she was in service at Winchester College, in the kitchens at Wolvesey Palace, the Bishop of Winchester’s residence, and later was housekeeper at a house in St Cross.

During the Second World War she helped to man a first aid post at St Faith’s Church Hall in St Cross. In 1942 at St Paul’s Church, St Paul’s Hill, which was close to her home in Stockbridge Road, Fulflood, she married Thomas Hubert Davies, known as David. He worked for the Ordnance Survey in Southampton and was a well-known judge at village flower and produce shows.

In the 1950s they moved into a brand new house on the newly-built Weeke Estate.

She worked as a dinner lady at the Weeke schools and attended St Barnabas Church, also at Weeke, where she was a very active member, contributing much to its early days, not least within the Sunday School.

She lived in her house at Weeke, until a few years ago when she moved to Flowerdown Care Home, Harestock Road, Harestock.

Surrounded by her family she celebrated, in a very quiet way, her achievement.

For her family, it was a chance to get together to have a natter and catch-up.