Bench is unveiled in memory of Lady Ann

Betsy Duncan Smith and Fanny Stanley unveil the new bench
Betsy Duncan Smith and Fanny Stanley unveil the new bench

A bench in memory of a well-known village resident has been unveiled in Swanbourne Memorial Garden.

Rev Jackie Brown conducted a ceremony last Sunday, dedicating the bench as a lasting tribute to Lady Ann Cottesloe, who died two years ago.

The guest of honour was Lord Cottesloe, who unveiled the circular teak bench, assisted by his daughters Betsy and Fanny. Betsy’s husband, Secretary of State Iain Duncan Smith, and 30 local residents also attended the ceremony.

The garden, which is located behind the cenotaph opposite St Swithun’s Church, has been created by local residents Roger and Anne Parker.

With the support of the Swanbourne Community Association, they cleared the disused and overgrown land which was originally donated to the parish of Swanbourne, by the Fremantle family in 1920.

Already, 750 bulbs have been planted in the garden as part of the Swanbourne in Bloom 2016 initiative.

Rev Brown said she hoped residents and visitors alike would take time to relax, unwind or reminisce and remember the much-loved Lady Ann in the peaceful retreat right in the heart of the village.