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ADA lives life to the full

PUBLISHED: 06:32 16 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:02 03 March 2010

SHE could be forgiven for taking life just a little bit easier, but at the age of 97 Ada Sheldon is determined to live life to the full and shows no signs of slowing down.

SHE could be forgiven for taking life just a little bit easier, but at the age of 97 Ada Sheldon is determined to live life to the full and shows no signs of slowing down.

Ada still enjoys helping out with the elderly people at residential homes in Stowmarket and, after 79 years as a Women's Institute member, she still regularly attends meetings.

She joined the Bollington and Lowerhouses Women's Institute in Cheshire in 1922 in order to go on an outing to see the new war memorial in Edinburgh.

Ada then transferred to Adlington Women's Institute as a founder member in 1948, where she served as secretary for 14 years.

In 1979 she moved to Suffolk to be near her daughter and immediately joined the Old Newton Women's Institute, where she still regularly attends after 79 years membership.

Margaret Walker, president of the Old Newton and Gipping Women's Institute, said: "She's a real character, she's unbelievable. She still visits the old people at Wade House. She goes on and on forever. If you have a backache, you feel guilty because Ada keeps on going."

Enid Bazire, a member of the Women's Institute's administration staff at the Suffolk East Federation headquarters in Ipswich, said: "Once we get a new member, we keep them.

"I think it's wonderful that she has been with us for so long. Women find something they really like and enjoy and stick with it."


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