100 Years of Glee

by Michael Ford last modified 21 Jan, 2013 11:40 AM

Chapmanslade villagers helped Glee Baron celebrate her hundredth birthday at the beginning of January. Glee, a popular resident of the village for over fifty years, attended a special ‘Songs of Praise’ service at her parish church, St Philip and St James’, on Sunday 6 January.

A packed congregation sang twelve of Glee's favourite hymns, including ‘Just As I Am, Without One Plea’, written by her great aunt, Charlotte Elliott.

A birthday tea party afterwards at the local school featured a cake with a hundred candles and donations to the fund for a girls' boarding house at a Secondary School in Juba, South Sudan, instead of birthday presents. Over £600 was raised.

There were 18 different celebrations in all, inspiring a song to the tune of 'The Twelve Days of Christmas'. Click here for more details of the celebrations and the words of the song.

Her family held a private party on her actual birthday, Tuesday 8 January, with family members travelling from all over the world to join her. A radio interview with BBC Wiltshire was broadcast the same morning. Click here for an audio clip, available until the end of January 2013.

Asked for the secret of her long life, she laughed and said "Just living a normal life, I think... I've just always enjoyed myself! I've had a lovely family."

Glee is the widow of a former vicar of Keevil. In her younger days she was a district nurse and midwife. She is the mother of four children and has seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Further information
Contact Elizabeth Baron (07989 086654) or Phil Jefferson (01373 832845)

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