Family, friends and many people from the community gathered at Church today to say goodbye to Winnie.
The large number of family and friends was itself a great tribute to this brave and courageous mother.
The service was conducted by Canon Ian Gomersall, Rector, with the assistance of Revd Kim Wasey and Revd John Grant.
Stephen Prescott, grandson, and Elizabeth Bond, family friend, spoke of Winnie’s life, and Fr Ian gave an address. Copies of what Fr Ian, and Elizabeth said are available by clicking on: Winnie’s funeral addresses All speakers spoke of Winnie’s forthrightness and sense of humour and her outstanding example as a mother, grandmother and friend.
Winnie’s favourite hymns were chosen for the funeral, including the one she loved most The Old Rugged Cross. At the end of the prayers Mtr Kim lit a candle at the centre of the altar as we remembered how Winnie always lit a candle at the end of Mass.
The funeral was followed by a private burial.
Fr Ian comments: I am grateful to all who made this a special day for Winnie and her family, and wish to thank the churchwardens, church people and others who helped prepare a fitting funeral for Winnie. The police and press were most helpful and sensitive to the nature of the day. Thanks be to God for Winnie, a light in our lives. May she rest in peace.
A BBC report on the funeral is here.
Past entry: Memorial service for Keith Bennett