‘True friend’ of Colne is remembered at inauguration and planting

Tree planting and bench dedication in memory of Maureen Arnold at Millenium Green.  Pictured are her brother John Wilkinson and sister Sue Scott.

Tree planting and bench dedication in memory of Maureen Arnold at Millenium Green. Pictured are her brother John Wilkinson and sister Sue Scott.

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At least 50 family and friends of Maureen Arnold gathered at Millennium Green in Colne on Friday for tree planting and bench dedication.

Maureen, who died in 2015, was a former Liberal councillor in Colne and was integral in the creation of the Millennium Green and was an active member of Colne in Bloom.

Family and friends gather for tree planting and bench dedication in memory of Maureen Arnold at Millenium Green

Family and friends gather for tree planting and bench dedication in memory of Maureen Arnold at Millenium Green

Friends reaching back to her schooling in Accrington and her early hippie days in Colne joined college colleagues, fellow councillors, Millennium Green trustees and members of Colne in Bloom to remember her life.

They all spoke about her rich, varied and important contribution to Colne, as well as her integrity and modesty, but also shared some wonderful stories about her sense of humour and feisty spirit.

Maureen herself had helped set up the Millenium Green Trust, so it was fitting that a flowering cherry, donated by Colne Town Council, was planted there in her memory by the Environmental Action Group.

A bench, manufactured in Waterside, which had been donated by her family, friends and the Millenium Green Trust, was also inaugurated with a plaque, avowing that she was “A True Friend of Colne”.

Tree planting and bench dedication in memory of Maureen Arnold at Millenium Green.  Friend Cath Gaboreau gives a speech.

Tree planting and bench dedication in memory of Maureen Arnold at Millenium Green. Friend Cath Gaboreau gives a speech.

One of her many friends, Caroline Palmer, said: “It was a lovely day, absolutely perfect.

“There were between 50 and 60 people there which was very good considering it was over a year after her death. Her brother had come up from London and her sister across from Liverpool.

“The tree is her favourite variety and is right next to the bench. It has a lovely position, set apart from the trees so you can see all the colours and see the hillside beyond.

“The bench is made from recycled plastic within Waterside across the other side of Colne Water. It was all very fitting.

Tree planting and bench dedication in memory of Maureen Arnold at Millenium Green

Tree planting and bench dedication in memory of Maureen Arnold at Millenium Green

“We then went to the Lord Rodney which was Maureen’s local at the bottom of her street where we shared some more personal memories.”

Anyone else wishing to contribute towards the cost of the bench may do so by giving at donation tins which will stay in place until this weekend in the Admiral Lord Rodney, About Coffee, Jim’s Café and at 12 Bar.

Tree planting and bench dedication in memory of Maureen Arnold at Millenium Green

Tree planting and bench dedication in memory of Maureen Arnold at Millenium Green