Churchyard to get a bench in memory of former mayor Tim Marks

Margaret Marks, centre, hands Haverhill in Bloom a cheque to fund a seat in her husbnad  Tim's memory ANL-160429-094410001

Margaret Marks, centre, hands Haverhill in Bloom a cheque to fund a seat in her husbnad Tim's memory ANL-160429-094410001

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Part of a collection in memory of former mayor Tim Marks will go towards a seat in the St Mary’s Churchyard project that was close to his heart.

His wife Margaret, also a St Edmundsbury Borough councillor, has presented Haverhill in Bloom, which masterminded the project and of which Tim was secretary, a cheque for £627 from money collected at her husband’s funeral.

Haverhill in Bloom chairman Ben Pumfrey (left) and secretary Tim Marks  with one of the artworks  in the window recesses in St Mary's Churchyard ANL-141121-143644005

Haverhill in Bloom chairman Ben Pumfrey (left) and secretary Tim Marks with one of the artworks in the window recesses in St Mary's Churchyard ANL-141121-143644005

Tim, 78, died in January after collapsing during a site visit with St Edmundsbury’s development control committee. He was borough mayor in 2012/13 and was Haverhill’s mayor from 2004 to 2006. He was elected member of Suffolk County Council for Haverhill Cangle in May 2005.

Margaret said the money would fund a community bench and a window montage for Tim. Part of the project was for bricked in window spaces in the walls around the churchyard to be filled with stained-glass-style montages by local schools about Haverill’s history.

Margaret feels a bench is exactly the sort of practical memorial Tim would have approved of, though he might have asked why people wanted to do it.

“Anything that was community minded was close to Tim’s heart,” Margaret said. “They removed some of the benches in the churchyard because they weren’t very good and there was always a plan for more benches.”

In fact, at the churchyard’s official opening in October, Tim said: “We shall continue to develop this over the next year or more, hopefully to improve the path and get more seating in here so people can enjoy the summer sunshine.”

Margaret recalled: “Tim and I went up and planted four sacks of bulbs, which are just coming up now.”

The rest of the money donated in Tim’s memory will go to REACH Community projects in Haverhill, which he supported for many years with grants from his community fund.