Effy, 105: Secret of long life

SHE has seen it all. Gordon Brown is her 24th Prime Minister, she survived two world wars, and she has witnessed four different monarchs… because Effy Chapman is 105. Effy, who has lived around Saffron Walden for most of her life and currently resides at

SHE has seen it all. Gordon Brown is her 24th Prime Minister, she survived two world wars, and she has witnessed four different monarchs... because Effy Chapman is 105.

Effy, who has lived around Saffron Walden for most of her life and currently resides at the Moat House Care home near to Great Easton, celebrated the milestone with family and friends on Friday afternoon.

She says that the secret of long life is to always look after yourself, get up early in the mornings and live an active life.

Her son John said: "She is very well cared for and a few of us got together to celebrate another amazing birthday.

"She was delighted to get a card from the Queen, it is her second one and every birthday from now she will get another. We hope to have a few more yet."

Great-grandmother Effy was born on a farm in Duddenhoe End in 1904 and has spent her whole life living in the Uttlesford area.

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After marrying her late husband Bertie she moved to Audley End in Saffron Walden

in 1927. Bertie died 12 years ago at the age of 92.

Since the she spent many years at the Stanley Wilson Lodge in the town before it closed for refurbishment and she moved to Moat House.

A family member added: "She loves it at Great Easton, but will be looking to move back to Saffron Walden when the lodge is re-opened around Christmas.

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