13 May 2015

Community day encourages people to remember

Iain Rennie Memorial WoodlandDozens of people gathered at Downley Memorial Woodland on Saturday (May 9) to remember loved ones who have died.

During the community family afternoon, organised by Rennie Grove Hospice Care, people were able to make a donation to pledge a bluebell in remembrance, follow the nature trail around the wood and enjoy a picnic and family friendly activities including cricket, face painting and henna tattoos.

dragonflies at A Day to RememberAuthor Nicholas Halliday held a story telling session where he read from his book The Lonely Tree and children were able to take part in a craft session.

Penny Crosswell, Community Fundraising Manager at Rennie Grove, said: “I would like to thank everyone that came along on Saturday and supported the afternoon. This was the first time we have held an event like this in the area and we were very pleased with how it went.”

Planting a tree at A Day to RememberThe Mayor of High Wycombe, Khalil Ahmed, along with Jenny Provin, Chief Executive of Rennie Grove along with Mike Hill of Downley Methodist church and Imam Sultan Mahmood of Totteridge Mosque, who also planted a beech tree to mark the occasion, made dedications during the event.

The woodland, which is just off of Plomer Hill in Downley, was planted in 1995 and has hundreds of trees that have all been planted as a memorial to someone.
If you would like to pledge a bluebell there is still time. Simply visit www.renniegrove.org/donate. Under reason for donating please write Bluebell and the name of the person you would like to dedicate your bluebell to.