Tireless volunteer receives card from Queen as she celebrates 100th birthday

16:10 02 July 2014

Jean Platman with her card from the Queen. Picture: Lara Platman

Jean Platman with her card from the Queen. Picture: Lara Platman

copyright Lara Platman 2014

A tireless charity volunteer has held six separate birthday parties as she marked a momentous milestone.

Mrs Platman at her party with the League of Jewish Women. Picture: Chigwell & Hainault League of Jewish WomenMrs Platman at her party with the League of Jewish Women. Picture: Chigwell & Hainault League of Jewish Women

Jean Platman, of Clayhall, a founder member of the Chigwell & Hainault League of Jewish Women, celebrated her 100th birthday at the gatherings as she couldn’t host all of her well-wishers at once.

She received birthday cards from the Queen and MP Iain Duncan Smith, enjoyed cake and received flowers, chocolates and perfumes from family and friends.

Mrs Platman is a keen supporter of the League of Jewish Women and only stopped volunteering in the past 10 years due to health problems.

Her daughter-in-law Frances Platman said: “She’s very kind and she’s a very determined woman, that’s why she’s reached 100.”

She added: “She was chuffed to get the card from the Queen.”

Mrs Platman was born in Scotland, moved to Stepney and settled in Clayhall before the Second World War, after getting married.

She worked in factories before she got married, and was known as “N-Jean” – a play on “engine” – for her work ethic. She later worked with her husband at his tailoring business.

Latest Ilford News Stories

Pay gap

Research showing that women earn 18 per cent less then men on average, has been called “terrible” by an equalities charity.

Isaac with his parents Rachel and Steven Brodie.

A father from north London has helped raise more than £20,000 for Haven House Children’s Hospice in memory of his baby son.

Yesterday, 17:43
Rita King who was declared dead at De La Mer House in Naze Park Road, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, after being shot. Photo: PA/De La Mer House

A former Goodmayes pensioner, who killed his wife of 50 years after telling police that “she had suffered enough”, will be sentenced tomorrow.

Yesterday, 16:24
Gemma Zinyama with girls from Mifumi village

A keen traveller has been spent a week in Uganda helping under-privileged schoolchildren after winning a workplace competition.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news


Show Job Lists


You could win £15,000 to spend on either their mortgage or a deposit towards the home of their dreams

Wouldn’t it be lovely to have a period of time when you simply don’t have to worry about finding the money each month to pay your mortgage? When you don’t have to put money aside from your monthly income, or worry about having to afford other essential outgoings?

Which book character do you share cleaning habits with?

Whether you have more in common with put-upon Cinderella, emotionally turbulent Jane Eyre, or easily distracted Mole, you’re sure to appreciate that one lucky winner will receive four sessions of free cleaning. Enter our quiz for your chance to win. All runners up will get £10 off their first clean when making a repeat booking.

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now