Anthony is bowled over by his famous cricketing relative

Mill House Care Home, Oxfordshire-Magic Moments Club Coordinator Lauren presenting the book about his great uncle to resident Anthony

"Anthony told us lots of stories about his family and their love of cricket which brought back many happy memories for him.”

Here at Mill House Care Home, the Magic Moments Club Team have been busy researching information about a famous relative of our resident Anthony.

Anthony’s great-uncle was Gilbert Jessop, an English cricket player whose career began in the late 1800’s and was the fastest run-scorer the game has ever known. Anthony knew very little about his famous relative so we decided to investigate further and put together a book of information and photographs for him.

Gilbert Laird Jessop (19 May 1874 – 11 May 1955) was nicknamed ‘The Croucher’ because of his unusual hunched stance at the crease. In 1898 he was awarded Wisden Cricketer of the Year.

The Fifth Test at The Oval in August 1902 became known as ‘Jessop's Match’ as he scored his first 50 runs in 43 minutes and reached his century in 75 minutes. He was eventually dismissed after 77 minutes for 104, which included 17 fours and an all-run five. A newspaper managed to keep a detailed record of his innings, which shows that Jessop reached his hundred off 76 balls – one of the fastest Test centuries of all time.

Magic Moments Club Coordinator Lauren said “It was fascinating to discover all this information about Gilbert Jessop and Anthony was thrilled with his book. He told us lots of stories about his family and their love of cricket which brought back many happy memories for him.”

At Mill House Care Home we believe in living life to the full. That’s why we’re passionate about creating vibrant, stimulating activities that will help our residents to love every day. We call them ‘Magic Moments’.

Every brighterkind home now has a Magic Moments Club which provides a vast range of activities and fun things to do that are open to all of our residents. The idea behind Magic Moments is that just because someone moves into a care home doesn't mean that the things they love doing should suddenly stop – quite the contrary, we believe our residents should have the opportunity to love every day, by doing the things that they have always loved as well as trying new things along the way.

Mill House Care Home is located in Witney, Oxfordshire and provides residential carenursing carepalliative care and respite care.


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