A RETIRED headteacher celebrated her 100th birthday as her care home helped organise a video message from her former school.

Ruby Riches, a resident at Rosebank Care Home in Bampton, marked the milestone with a special day, despite lockdown restrictions.

She received gifts, phone calls and the all-important card from the Queen.

Ruby Riches celebrates her 100th birthday with her card from the Queen

Ruby Riches celebrates her 100th birthday with her card from the Queen

Staff at the dementia specialist care home counted more than 100 cards.

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Miss Riches, a former headteacher at Clanfield CE Primary School, received a video message from the school’s current head, Kim Rogers, wishing her a happy birthday, while the children also created a presentation filled with videos and pictures in celebration of Miss Riches’ special day.

She was overjoyed by the community’s efforts, and said: “I have been thoroughly spoilt by everyone. I have enjoyed my day enormously.”

A visit in the family hub was arranged with her dearest friend Elizabeth Martin, who helped organise the community to mark the centenarian’s day.

Rosebank Care Home manager Vanessa Lavender added: “It was a joyous occasion, and we are extremely grateful to Elizabeth, and our amazing Bampton community, which has shown so much kindness and love towards Ruby on her 100th birthday.”

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