Balhousie Monkbarns is celebrating its first ever 100th birthday in style. Resident Betty Enticott celebrated her centenary today, Friday 10th November, with a surprise birthday party.

Betty, who has been a resident here since 2018, was surprised by her daughter, grand-daughter and great-grandchildren, who had all travelled from England for her special day.

A music lover, Betty was treated to a live music set from popular local duo Pepperpot, which the other residents and staff thoroughly enjoyed as well.

The home also welcomed a group of local children from Timmergreens Primary School who are regular visitors to Monkbarns. Betty in particular has built a close bond with some of the children, which made their presence extra special.

Ross Sutherland, Member Pioneer who covers Arbroath also dropped in, to drop off some party food from the Co-op for such a special birthday!

From London originally, Betty was a dressmaker in her younger years and met her late husband, Reginald, in the queue at the local cinema. They married in 1942 while Reg was in the Royal Tank Corps during WW2 and they had two children, Brenda and John. Betty moved to Monifieth with her son’s family in later life and has lived in the area ever since.

Betty’s special day is the first 100th birthday ever celebrated at Monkbarns, which has been welcoming residents for over a decade.

“We are so delighted to be celebrating our first ever 100th birthday at Balhousie Monkbarns with the wonderful Betty,” says Karen Lovett, Home Manager at Monkbarns. “She is a remarkable lady and we’re proud to be able to offer her and her family such a special celebration today along our staff, residents and the pupils from Timmergreens Primary. Also, you can’t beat some live music!”

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Front row L-R: Fiona McDonald, Jerry Mackenzie, Brodie Watson, Charlie Reeve, Paula Williams, Angela Crosby – staff and children from Timmergreens.

Back row L-R: Brian Lyons (Pepperpot), Angie Watson (staff), Ed Banham-Hall (grandson-in-law), Izzy Banham-Hall (great-granddaughter), Nikki Banham-Hall (granddaughter), Betty Enticott, Brenda Douglas (daughter), Joe Banham-Hall (great-grandson), Laura Townes (staff), Karen Lovett (staff), Darren Bell (Pepperpot)