Happy 103rd Birthday to Miriam Flower

Miriam Flower, long time resident of Great Massingham, celebrated her 103rd birthday on February 1st. Happy Birthday, Miriam! Sue Nash has written a post here about Miriam for everyone to read.

Mrs Miriam Flower – a few brief details about a lovely lady.  We are sure that many other people have wonderful memories of Mr and Mrs Flower and she would love to hear from anyone in the village who knew them. Gert and Daisy visit Mrs Flower, as does Janice and any of them would be happy to take cards or notes to her.

Miriam Flower is the daughter of the late Mr William Aldiss, the founder of Aldiss’ shop in Fakenham.

Miriam remembers that, in 1925, she and her mother went to Sandringham Church and queued to see Queen Alexandra lying in state before being transferred to London.  They took a bunch of orchids wrapped in black ribbon with an Aldiss card attached.  They were very surprised when they received a thank you letter from King Edward VII.

After her father’s death in 1933 she and her mother went on a cruise to South Africa which she thoroughly enjoyed.  She served in the Second World War and went on to marry Mr Woods whose grandparents used to live in Abbey House, Great Massingham.

Several years later she met and married her second husband – Bertie Flower.  They came to live in Little House, Weasenham Road, Great Massingham in the early 1960s.They took part in many things in the village.  Mrs Flower helped Mrs Rooke (the vicar’s wife) with the Sunday School and was a passionate gardener.  She often opened her garden holding many garden fetes to raise money for the Church.  Dog lovers, they always owned Norfolk Terriers.

They were a very smart couple – Mrs Flower never to be seen without a little make-up and Bertie always smartly dressed whether out and about or just in the garden.  Mrs Flower took part in Doris Crampton’s art classes at the White Cottage Studio in the village, producing some very nice pictures.

The Millennium Committee erected a bench called ‘Bertie’s Bench, on the green in front of Rectory Row as Mr Flower used to walk the dog down Weasenham Road and it was nice for him to have a little rest there.

After Bertie died, Miriam lived alone in Little House and was very independent until she had a minor stroke in 2018.  She moved to East Bilney Hall Nursing Home in 2019 where she celebrated her 103rd birthday on 1st February this year surrounded by family and friends.

Sue Nash



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