Remarkable Jill, 100, still drives

PUBLISHED: 12:16 25 August 2009 | UPDATED: 00:01 16 June 2010



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A VILLAGE banded together to mark the 100th birthday of a remarkable woman.

A VILLAGE banded together to mark the 100th birthday of a remarkable woman.

Jill Bennett, former owner of the Fairwater Head Hotel, is 100 tomorrow (Thursday).

However, celebrations started at the weekend when residents in Hawkchurch held a party in the village hall.

The event followed a special service at St John the Baptist Church, Hawkchurch, where Mrs Bennett is a reader and sidesman.

In fact, Mrs Bennett read the lesson at the service.

She was presented with an exquisite kneeler, made by Neil and Jean Ransford.

It was blessed by the Reverend Rosemary Bragg.

Mrs Ransford also made a celebration cake, which Mrs Bennett cut during the party.

In spite of her advanced years, widowed Mrs Bennett is a real live wire in Hawkchurch. Her catchphrase is: "What fun!"

She still drives and is loved and respected by everybody in the village.

Further celebrations are planned for today and at the weekend.

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