HUNDREDTH BIRTHDAYS are becoming positively commonplace these days, but Madge Hibbert (right), of St Michael’s, East Wickham, in Southwark diocese, is 107 years old — and still retains the title of honorary verger. She is one of the few remaining people who were born while Queen Victoria was still on the throne.
For 90 years, she attended St Michael’s, not only as verger, but as a Sunday-school teacher, helping out with the cleaning, or doing whatever was necessary. She now lives in Gallion’s View Nursing Home, and her birthdays have become local events. Miss Hibbert is touched to receive cards from the Queen, unaware that Her Majesty gets a regular prompt from friends.