It’s the turn of the three centuries at Balnarring


Celebrating life: Beryl Sheedy, centre, celebrates her 104th birthday with her neighbours, Merle Chapman, left, and Elsie Wishart and sons Bernard and Barry. Picture: Gary Sissons

THERE must be something in the water at Balnarring, with three former neighbours all celebrating their 100-plus birthdays this year at a Shoreham aged care centre.

On Saturday, Beryl Sheedy blew out the candles for her 104th birthday, just months after her former Balnarring neighbour Elsie Wishart also turned 104.

The pair share the same aged care centre with another of their former Balnarring neighbours, Merle Chaman, who turns 100 this year.

Mrs Sheedy said her secret to longevity was to have a glass of white wine with dinner every night.

“I used to say having a chocolate every night, but I had to give that away,” she joked.

Mrs Sheedy enjoyed celebrating on Saturday with 50 family and friends, including three of her children aged 70-plus and most of her 31 grandchildren.

First published in the Western Port News – 17 January 2017