Joan Bull OAM, who has lived almost all of her life in Bingara, will celebrate her 100th birthday on November 10, 2017.
Celebrations began on Sunday, when Mrs. Bull received a Papal Blessing and a Bishop’s Medal at Mass in Inverell on Sunday morning, followed by a luncheon party at her daughter, Jennifer Monie’s home.
Her main birthday party will be held on Friday in Tamworth.
In recognition of the community work Mrs. Bull has done in Bingara over many years, the Bingara Senior Citizens are hosting a birthday party on Thursday, November 16. The celebration will take the form of a morning tea beginning at 10.30am.
“All of Joan’s friends are welcome to attend and if you could bring a plate, that would be appreciated,” Senior Citizens President, Susanne Hughes, said.
“Joan was involved with many organisation in her many years in Bingara, beginning in 1939 with The Royal Far West Children’s Health Scheme after the birth of the first of her six children.
“Pony Club, St. Mary’s School, Torchbearers for Legacy and most recently in instigating the revival of Bingara Senior Citizens Association.
“Joan is a life member of the Bingara Art Group, Bingara and District Historical Society and was awarded Bingara Citizen of the Year in 1988 for her work as Chair of the Bicentenary Celebrations in 1986,” Susanne said.
Mrs. Bull’s community work was further recognised when she was awarded the OAM.
Late last year, Mrs. Bull moved to a self-care unit at RFBI Moonbi Retirement village, where she keeps in good health and continues to enjoy her garden and her family living nearby.
“Please come along, bring a friend and enjoy this morning with Joan and her friends,” Susanne said.
For more information about the birthday party at Senior Citizens, call Susanne Hughes on 0428 241 745.