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Fritchley Resident to Celebrate a Century!

by Claire Ganthony

99 yer old man holding birthday cake

On 11th June, 2020, Local resident, John Varty, of Bullbridge Hill, Fritchley will celebrate his 100th birthday.

Man in RAF uniform
John in his RAF uniform

John was in the RAF in Africa during The Seocnd World War. When is his plane crashed in 1944, John's legs were injured and he spent a long time in hospital. After the war, he trained as a teacher.

John is well known locally for his interest in Natural History. He played a major role in the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, founded the charity "Cats in Need",  and was involved with many aspects of animal welfare, local history and countryside interests.

We're sure you will all want to join us in wishing John a very Happy Birthday! Congratulations John.


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Comments and responses

  • Helen Dyer:

    03 Jun 2020 13:15:00

    Happy Birthday, John! I’m sad not to be able to come and celebrate with you and Joyce but look forward to visiting when possible and having a good catch-up and some cake. Best wishes and lots of love, Helen (& Jane)

  • David Stevenson:

    18 Jun 2020 11:02:00

    I remember fondly contacts with John and his wife whilst in working in the old Chemist in village centre. I have great respect for their views and support for the natural environment ,flora ,and fauna. His gentle manner of promoting his ‘ green matters’ influences me still. Congratulations on reaching the century .

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