105th birthday celebrations for woman known as ‘the godmother of Slinfold’

An ‘amazing’ Horsham woman who was known as ‘the godmother of Slinfold’ was inundated with cards, gifts, flowers and visitors as she celebrated her 105th birthday this week.

Tuesday, 18th May 2021, 2:31 pm

Peggy Johnson was also thrilled to receive another special card from Her Majesty the Queen as she marked her big day on Monday, May 17, at Rosedale Care Home in Horsham where she resides.

Hayley Crosby, deputy manager at Rosedale, said: “Peggy was known as the godmother because she was so well known by everyone in Slinfold and was a huge source of support and comfort to so many of them.

“Peggy is really amazing and we feel very lucky to have her at Rosedale.”

Peggy Johnson from Horsham with her 105th birthday card from the Queen SUS-210518-110310001

Peggy grew up in Horsham on her father’s wild goose farm at the bottom of Farthings Hill, and used to help milk the cows and collect the chickens’ eggs before she married at the age of 19 and moved to Slinfold.

She has one daughter named Sandra, and together they used to enjoy holidaying in Cornwall.

Peggy Johnson being presented with her 105th birthday cake by Mel Webber, senior carer at Rosedale Care Home in Horsham SUS-210518-110249001