A FORMER Leamington headmistress has marked a major milestone.
Nesta Jones, who lives at the Audley Binswood retirement village, celebrated her 100th birthday on September 4 with family and friends from around the world. Guests travelled from places as far afield as California and Beijing, and her sister Lorna made a special surprise visit.
Leamington deputy mayor Heather Calver also popped in to send her regards and enjoy a spot of afternoon tea.
Growing up in Cardiff, Miss Jones later attended boarding school at Cheltenham Ladies’ College and went on to read Classics at Girton College, Cambridge.
She then completed her teacher training and taught Classics at Bedford High School for Girls, before going on to become headmistress of The Kingsley School in Leamington in 1961.
The school, where she worked for 16 years, is just minutes away from the retirement village where she now lives.
During her teaching years, Miss Jones travelled extensively with her sister Lorna, and even in retirement has been on cruises with friends to locations including the Mediterranean, the Baltic and St Petersburg, and the Norwegian fjords.
Anja Kozerski, manager at Audley Binswood, said: “Miss Jones reaching her 100th birthday is an amazing milestone and it was wonderful to celebrate with her family, friends and of course the deputy mayor.
“The fact that some of them made the trip from the US and China just goes to show the wonderful effect she has had on people throughout her life and we are very happy she chose to come and live at Binswood.”