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Daisy Hayball 100th Birthday Celebrations

Vaughan Lee House hosted a Champagne celebration to mark the 100th birthday of Mrs Daisy Hayball. Surrounded by her family, friends and her Vaughan Lee family a toast and speech by her son Alan kicked off the celebrations. Daisy moved to Vaughan Lee House in 2009 after having lived on her own until the age of 95. She was born in Greenwich in Kent and was 1 of 8 children.  Daisy says "being 1 of 10 in the house was responsible for her learning to dance - they only had one bathroom."  In her early years she worked in the accounts office of a biscuit manufacturer until her marriage to Eric Hayball in 1938. Eric joined a tank regiment of the Army in 1940 but stayed in the UK until the invasion of Europe. For a time Daisy was able to live near to her husband Eric in Ringmore in South Devon while he was training to join in the invasion of Europe. Her sons Alan and David were born in 1942 and 1944 respectively. After the war Daisy and her husband stayed in London until 1968 when they relocated to Chard to stay close to their son Alan and his family. Daisy's son David had relocated to South Africa by then. Daisy is blessed with 3 grandsons and 1 great-grandson. Daisy was a member of the Womens Institute in Chard and still meets up with a few of her friends from her WI days.

She has a wicked sense of humour having her 100th birthday cake read "Daisy, 100 and still CHEEKY" which was presented to her by her son. Daisy received a letter from the Right Honourable Ian Duncan Smith MP and a card from the Queen. But on the 5th of February the only queen in our Home was Daisy. Vaughan Lee House is the Residential Care Home built by the Community of Ilminster& District.
Pictured left to right - Grandson Peter, Daisy, Son Alan.


POP UP Charity Shop 9th - 20th July 2013 DON'T MISS!



Vaughan Lee House has the best FRIENDS

Once again 'The Friends of Vaughan Lee' are opening a POP-UP charity Shop in Ilminster from the 9th - 20th July at 26 Silver Street just up the road past Bonners.  The Friends of Vaughan Lee have been storing all sorts of 'Treasures' waiting for an opportunity to occupy a shop in the town.  Thanks to Cherry Garland and Ashcombe Developments the waiting is over.  They have generously given the keys to the shop to Vaughan Lee without charge in-between tenants.

Donations can be accepted throughout commencing from Monday 8th July although the shop doesn't open until Tuesday the 9th.  All monies raised benefits Vaughan Lee House, the Residential Care Home built by the Community.  All enquires please contact Marion Swann on 01460 52328


The Rotary Club's Bring and Buy Coffee Morning - 24th November 2012


UPDATE - The venue has changed to the SHRUBBERY Hotel on station road.  So join the Rotary and us from 10am until Noon on Saturday 24th November 2012!  The change was necessary due to flooded areas of Ilminster!


The Rotary Club of Ilminster has the pleasure in inviting you to a Bring and Buy Coffee Morning in aid of Vaughan Lee House, the Residential Care Home built by the Community and other Rotary Charities which is to be held on Saturday 24th November 2012 from 10am until noon at the home of Julie Fowler, Isle Barn, Winterhay lane, Ilminster TA19 9PJ.  Do come and support The Rotary Club as they support so many charities like us!

We will be selling Xmas Cards made from Christmas Paintings by the late Mr Ernie Skinner.


Ilminster Town Council

Vaughan Lee House is shouting a BIG THANK YOU to the Ilminster Town Council after we received an £800 grant from them for our refurbishment project. Our objective is to upgrade our current accommodation to include en-suite facilities to ensure that we remain a viable benefit for our current and future elderly from within the Ilminster & District Community.   Thank you Ilminster Town Council!

Community Spirit


Article from the Chard & Ilminster Newspaper.


You're invited to a Summer BBQ!




Albert Goodman Chartered Accountants, Tax and Business Advisers SPONSORS A ROOM!


The Chairman of Vaughan Lee was pleased to send a message to Mr Paul Hake of Albert Goodmans.


"Albert Goodmans have always given such wonderful support to Vaughan Lee House and this is very much appreciated.  As you know this part of the upgrade is essential to ensure that Vaughan Lee House can celebrate another 40 years of caring for the elderly in our Community.  We are very thankful for your contirubtion of £1,000 towards our refurbishment project. 


Again, on behalf of everyone associated with Vaughan Lee House thank you for not hesitating to sponsor a room for refurbishment."


With kind regards,

Yours sincerely,


Malcolm Young




The Ilminster Lions Club becomes FIRST to Sponsor a Room!


As a result of the generosity of local people supporting their various fund raising activities, such as the current Easter Egg draw, Ilminster Lions Club were willing and able to help Vaughan Lee house with a donation of £1000 to refurbish and include an en-suite in one of their rooms.

Vaughan Lee Residential Care Home was built and is managed by the community on a volunteer basis. In it's 40 year existence it has cared for many hundreds of elderly people. Over the past 5 years they have undertaken an extensive programme of building and refurbishment and are now entering the final phase of converting all thirty rooms to include en-suite facilities. To do this they invited the local community and community groups to "Sponsor a Room".

Ilminster Lions club considered this request at their last meeting and the proposition to sponsor a room was carried unanimously.

In accepting the cheque on behalf of the Vaughan Lee management committee the Chairman, Malcolm Young said "I am delighted to accept this generous contribution from Ilminster Lions club and we are very impressed with how quickly they have come forward to help us. This will pay for one of our rooms to be refurbished and we hope that it will encourage others to come forward to support this project". In response Lions Club President Peter Marshall said "This is a great example of Lions serving their community. At our last meeting every member supported the idea especially as it represented a wonderful opportunity to do something practical in community in recognition of all the magnificent support we always get for our fund raising projects"


Looking at the pic Left to right Martin Smith, Lions Club President Peter Marshall, Nigel Clymo, Vaughan Lee Chairman Malcolm Young, Roger Lyons, Randi Jeeps Vaughan Lee House, David Brenton and last but not least David Case!!





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