by S Lowe 5THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow
Mrs Beryl Foster of Millicent recently celebrated her 90th birthday with a family dinner. Mrs Foster was formerly Beryl Humphries; a Rendelsham girl who married her husband the late Mr Bob Foster in 1946, a year before taking over AA Poole’s grocery and farm supply business together. In the early 1960’s they expanded this business to Millicent with the purchase of the Serv-Wel store in George Street and in 1971 built the present Foodland Store in Kentish Place which was originally called Fosters Discount Foods until becoming Fosters Foodland in 1971.
They had 3 children – Pam, Brian and Catherine, 8 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.
Her daughter Pam said they celebrated with a quiet family dinner and it was nice to have so many of the family together to celebrate her mother’s 90th birthday, which included 2 birthday cakes made by daughter-in-law Cathy Foster.
Mrs Foster recently attended the Millicent Business Community Association Award Cabaret event and saw her late husband Mr Bob Foster recognised for a lifetime of Community Spirit with the Inaugural Award being awarded to Foster’s Foodland. The late Mr Foster proved over his lifetime that generosity and community spirit can be partnered with good business practices and the business he began in 1947 at Rendelsham, before later moving to Millicent, is now into the third generation of the Foster family with his son Brian carrying on his legacy as manager since 1975 and more recently Brian and Cathy’s son David joining the business.
Foster’s Foodland also received the MBCA Hall of Fame Award for a business that has been locally owned and operated over 25 years and has shown generosity to community over that time. The Foster family has been in business for 68 years. Mrs Foster said on the night, she was overwhelmed by the recognition and the awards and very glad she had attended.