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Mrs Elsie Cosens - 105-years-old today
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Mrs Elsie Cosens - 105-years-old today

Today, 9th January 2018, is a special day as it is the 105th birthday of my mother, Mrs Elsie Cosens. Surely, she must be the oldest person to have ever lived in Handcross.
The above photograph was taken today with her holding a very precious birthday card received from Her Majesty the Queen.
After she left Handcross until 2017 she lived in her own house in North Yorkshire, but has now moved into a residential home. Both Jane and I, and my brother, Gerald, and his wife live nearby and so she has always had regular family visits.
As a family, along with my two other brothers, Alan and Tony, we lived in an upstairs flat above the former baker’s shop in Handcross High Street before we moved to 29 Truggers in 1948. (picture #133 and picture #2041)
Select Open Document to view a photograph of the rear of the flat with my mother, Gerald and Tony.
In 1993, as one of the oldest members of the Women’s Institute, she was filmed talking about her life in the W. I. (picture #2151).
The Large Version shows my parents enjoying a walk in Coos Lane, with Horsham Road beyond.

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Here's wishing your mother a very Happy Birthday. The Handcross way of life must have contributed to her long and happy life, your mother looks so well for 105 years!
Congratulations, wishing her many more birthdays to come.
My father was born in Handcross and is still fighting fit and will turn 95 years next month. He has a few years to go before he catches up with your mother!
Added by Linda Knight (née Brown) on 09 January 2018
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