Gathering for bench blessing
Memory of community leader is honoured by villagers on green
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
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.