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Tree planting ceremony in memory of long-standing trustees

Main image: Current trustees Ken Jones (far left) Alan Mogg and Lisa Hartrey, and former chair Denise Britt (centre) with the memorial tree. Picture Charlie Watts.

A tree planting ceremony and the unveiling of a memorial bench took place at Filwood Community Centre last Friday evening (26 November) – in honour of two former long-serving trustees.

Graham Blacker, who died last December at the age of 84 and Ann Smith who passed away in July aged 81 had been on the board of Community in Partnership (CIP) for many years – and continued when it became CIPKW.

Their families and friends attended the event, along with board members and centre staff – and helped plant a Japanese maple tree in the Centre’s central courtyard.

Another long-serving trustee, Ken Jones, who knew them both well said: “It was good working with them, they worked very hard over the years and for the community as a whole. This was a form of appreciation for what was done for the community…”

Chair of trustees for CIPKW, Tim Jones, said: “Graham and Ann were trustees of CIPKW from the beginning and refused to give up their contribution till the very end, so it is most fitting to have a memorial to their devotion.”

Staff at Filwood Community Centre raised £100 – and another £100 came from Creative Civic Change, which paid for the bench, complete with commemorative plaques, as well as the memorial tree.