Gath­er­ing for bench bless­ing

Mem­ory of com­mu­nity leader is hon­oured by vil­lagers on green

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Tom Herbert tom.herbert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

THE me­mo­rial bench of a much loved com­mu­nity leader was blessed on Sun­day as a way to say ‘thank you’ to the vil­lage.

Bill War­ren, 79, who died in Jan­uary this year, has a bench in his hon­our on Chal­font St Giles Vil­lage Green.

Mr War­ren, of Dibden Hill, moved to the vil­lage with his wife Mar­ian Chal­lis-War­ren in 1991.

He was a mem­ber of the parish church and joined the parish coun­cil in 2005 to which he was elected chair­man in 2010.

Nearly 50 peo­ple at­tended the bless­ing, in­clud­ing coun­cil­lors and a po­lice of­fi­cer.

Mrs Chal­lis-War­ren said: “I would like it to be known how grate­ful I am yet again to the vil­lage com­mu­nity for their kind­ness and help dur­ing this dif­fi­cult time.”

She said the bless­ing would un­der­line his af­fec­tion for our vil­lage and our grat­i­tude for the vil­lage’.

Mem­bers of the public raised more than £1,500 at Mr War­ren’s fu­neral, half of which went to the Iain Ren­nie Hos­pice Shop, with the rest of the money be­ing split be­tween the bench and a new wa­ter butt for the ceme­tery.

Sun­day gave Mrs Chal­lisWar­ren an op­por­tu­nity to thank the public for all their sup­port and gen­eros­ity.

She said: “I want to make sure ev­ery­body knows it was do­na­tions from Joe Public that made this pos­si­ble.”

She added: “I get treated won­der­fully in the vil­lage. I didn’t re­alise how much we were ap­pre­ci­ated as a cou­ple.”

I didn’t re­alise how much we

were ap­pre­ci­ated as

a cou­ple”

HON­OUR: Peo­ple gather for the bless­ing of the me­mo­rial bench

Mrs Chal­lis-War­ren also said it was some­thing that her hus­band would have en­joyed him­self.

She said: “He

would ap­pre­ci­ate it so very much, be­cause he was a Godlov­ing man.”

She added: “It was a very nice oc­ca­sion. It rounded things off beau­ti­fully.”

The bless­ing took place on Sun­day at about 11.45am, af­ter the Churches To­gether ser­vice.

Rob Bourne BE155385

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