Oundle Martini lover Bunty celebrates 103rd birthday

An Oundle resident who recently turned 103 has attributed her long lifespan to a healthy amount of Martini Rosso and gin.

Bunty recently turned 103.
Bunty recently turned 103.

Henrietta Raven, or ‘Bunty’ to her friends and family, celebrated her birthday on December 12 with an afternoon tea party organised by staff at Abbott House care home in Glapthorn Road.

Born in Kinlochleven in Scotland, Bunty later met local factory worker Richard.

The couple moved to Northamptonshire, where they married, before relocating to Birmingham during the Second World War.

Keen to support her local community, Bunty helped out with a ‘meals on wheels’ programme for elderly residents.

Her other hobbies included fishing for salmon, mountain walking, tennis, knitting and sewing.

Bunty, who has two children, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, moved back to Northamptonshire when her husband reached retirement.

She moved into Abbott House in 2015 and quickly became a popular character with staff.

Julie Chinnick, home manager at Abbott House care home, said: “We were delighted to join Bunty and her family to celebrate this impressive milestone.

"We made sure she was given a delicious afternoon tea which she really enjoyed – even if it wasn’t quite the same as the gin and Martinis she would treat herself to in the past!”