Ivy Butcher's 100th Birthday

Ivy Butcher, founder member of Kings Bromley Historians, celebrated her 100th birthday on 21st September. Ivy is a prize winning historian, receiving, in 2008, the Local History Award for Personal Achievement from the British Association of Local History. As well as having a hand in KB Historians' publications, she has published under her own name six books: 'Kings Bromley, A Century of Photographs', 'Snippets from the History of Kings Bromley', ' Kings Bromley - the Artist's View, ' There's More to Kings Bromley', 'Ivy Alexandra Butcher - Her Book' and (with the Historians) 'Hark Back'.

Ivy was born as Ivy Alexandra Jefferies at Victory Farm and attended the Richard Crosse school. She left to work in London in 1931 and worked as a nurse during the war. She returned to Kings Bromley in 1947, and has lived here ever since. In 1952 she married David Butcher, who was also a founder member of the Historians and the photographer who took, collected and copied many of the photographs that are currently housed in the Historians' archive. Ivy was for years the Secretary of the Horticultural Society, guiding the Show through some difficult years before handing it over as the successful event that it still is. David's career was in the horticultural business, and he and Ivy have always been keen gardeners; Ivy is a founder member of the Gardening Guild (and an honorary life member). David and Ivy were prime movers in the creation of the Staffordshire Association of Village Produce Guilds (now SAGG) garden at the Stoke Garden festival in 1986 - for which they won Gold Medals. David sadly died in 1993.

Between 2.30 and 4.00 p.m. on Saturday 24th September over 150 people gathered at the Village Hall to celebrate Ivy's century. This event had been organised by Gill Wright and Sheena Birch along with a small army of helpers. So many attended that Historian Roger Price had to erect his marquee on the car park as an annexe where some guests could take their tea, sandwiches and cakes. Historian Val Price put together a photographic time line (see photo), celebrating Ivy's life and putting it in the context of the history of the village and the country, which was displayed in the hall. The Historians also presented Ivy with a personalised photobook which had been put together by Historian Helen Price (see photo).