100th Birthday Celebrations at Newcroft Lodge!


The staff and residents of Newcroft Lodge were delighted to be part of a very special birthday celebration recently. Maria Ferguson celebrated her 100th birthday on 25 January surrounded by her family, friends, her minister Rev. Alan Sleith, Hillsborough Presbyterian Church and Rt. Rev. Charles McMullen, the Moderator of the General Assembly for the Presbyterian Church along with his wife Mrs Barbara McMullen.

Maria who was born in Armoy near Ballycastle in 1919 spent her youth on her family’s farm before meeting and marrying her husband Sam in 1946. Maria and Sam moved from Armoy to Antrim, Belfast and then to Hillsborough in 1973 where they owned an antique shop until Sam’s death in 1986. Maria has two sons Leslie and Bill and currently lives with her son Bill in Helen’s Bay. Maria attends Newcroft Lodge three days a week for day care and for periods of respite care. 

The South Eastern Trust would like to extend their best wishes to Maria and her family on this very special birthday.

Maria Ferguson on her 100th Birthday

Bill & Leslie Ferguson with their Mother Maria

Bill Ferguson, Sam McMahon, Manager of Newcroft Lodge and Leslie Ferguson with Maria