Couples celebrate over 300 years of combined marital bliss at Chetwynd House

Five married couples residing at Chewtynd House have together amassed over 300 years of wedded bliss and celebrated with a special day of romance dedicated to them.

“The best part of living together at Chetwynd House is exactly that….. we are together still” said Dennis Morris (90), who hasn’t been apart from his wife Beryl (89) since marrying her on 12th August, 1950.

Alan and Barbara Hunt celebrate their 59th wedding anniversary in early September, “We enjoy still being together and are happy and in love,” said Barbara (78). Paul and Colleen Hayes also celebrate 58 years of wedded bliss with their anniversary in mid-September. Paul (82) said: “I always said that when I retired and went into a care home, I’d take Colleen with me so that I would still be able to look after her”.

John and Valerie Jones celebrated 55 years of marriage this summer, “The best thing about being here together is that I can keep an eye on her!” said John (84). Harold and Ivy Cartwright married in 1946, “After 72 years of marriage we are still very much similar and are still in love,” said Ivy (96).

The couples were treated to a romantic soiree at their care home, Chetwynd House. A specially prepared three course meal of pate, braised steak in red wine and ginger snap baskets was followed by live entertainment where the couples danced to and sang along with music from their past.

“Thank you so much, you all do a great job. I have thoroughly enjoyed myself,” said Harold Cartwright (96).

“We held our Chetwynd Couples event to celebrate the fact that so many couples live together here, almost a third of our residents are in a couple! It was a wonderful occasion and included a special personal invitation to a scrumptious three course romantic meal with live entertainment. Collectively, our couples have been married for 312 years which is quite something!” Claire Gordon-Rundle, Chetwynd House Manager