Unveiling of new memorial bench in Sidley

memorial bench unveiled in sidley
memorial bench unveiled in sidley

Two Sidley women who were killed crossing the road were honoured this week with the unveiling of a memorial bench in their name.

The pair - Moira Honeysett and Kathleen Pruden - died on August 5 1989, a tragedy which sent lasting shockwaves through the community. They were on their way to play bingo that Saturday evening.

To recognise the 25th anniversary, a team of local volunteers worked hard to fundraise for a new bench in front of the New Inn where the orginal memorial bench - vandalised and then lost - once stood.

They are Ruth Eldridge, Lucy Mepham and Nikkie Littlejohn, and on Tuesday they were proud to reveal the new bench now in place.

Ruth said: “The memory of that fateful evening 25 years ago still lives on in the memory of many members of the Sidley community, and it is thanks to these people and many more, that the funds required for the Memorial Bench have been raised.

We have held driveway sales, a fun day, a poetry competition and a fishing competition to help us gather funds and have relied on the goodwill of the public to put their spare change in our collecting tins and to support one of our events.

Through our fundraising activities we have met many new friends and have learnt that the spirit of Sidley community is still strong.

It has been hard work for the committee to get to where we are today and we have cried tears of happiness, tears of joy, and also tears of sweat from the hard work we had to put in to reach our target. This hard work on top of the fundraising events includes, begging-letter writing, traipsing from shop to shop asking for donations, collecting items to sell, and raffle prizes, and placing our collection tins around Sidley.”

The group thanks: The Sidley community, Uncle Bumble, Sidley Working Men’s club, Gerry Palmer, Boris Trenchfoot and Battle Tackle, AD printers, All Saint’s school, Mummery’s, the Veterans Club, All Saint’s wives fellowship, Battle Muffin club, Hastings Direct, Voiture LTD, Gary Jarvis, Base Barbers, Sidley Barbers, the Post Office, Co-op, Claremont Vetinary Group, Sidley Butchers, Rare & Unique, Carrolls florist, LC Discount, The Card Box, Candy Corner, Lidl, John Holman, The New Inn, Matthews Butchers, Sandra Willard, Shirley and Derek Mepham, Val Ransom, Helen and Keith Bridger, Craig and Andi Mepham, Kira and Oliver Mepham, Phoebe and Jade Eldridge, Michael Ransom for all their support and hard work. Special appreciation to Marcia and Chris Gadsden and their children.

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