Somerset Centenarians

Somerset Centenarians Cover

As part of its on-going 20th anniversary celebration, Somerset Care, an IAHSA member that manages 31 not-for-profit care homes in South West England and the Isle of Wight, has published a heart-warming book.  The book, titled Somerset Centenarians, celebrates the lives of 20 residents of Somerset’s communities that have lived for over a century through photographs, anecdotes and historical records.

From a Tiller girl to an amateur photographer and one of the last fighting Tommys, the Somerset residents have had a rich and varied history.  They have not only lived through two world wars, several coronations, and a great depression, but through their own wedding days, birthdays, losses, successes, disappointments and determination.  Together, these experience are a testament to the human experience and illustrate the importance of caring for our elders.

The book was written by Kalina Newman, and includes photographs from the residents’ own archives as well as contemporary portraits by award-winning photographer Anita Corbin. You can purchase a copy of the book by visiting the Halsgrove Publishing website or by writing to