New bench takes pride of place in Finchdean

Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

A memorial bench in Finchdean has been replaced thanks in part to a grant from an East Hampshire District Councillor.

Residents and visitors have been enjoying their new bench, installed by Rowlands Castle Parish Council, after the previous one was vandalised and demolished in July 2017.

The replacement bench was part-funded by a £381 community grant from East Hampshire District Councillor Nigel Wren and is already proving popular with walkers and cyclists in the village.

Rowlands Castle Parish Councillor, Andy Lee, said: “The parish council chose a slightly different design from the original bench, so it would match those in the nearby Pound.

“This meant we needed to find some extra money on top of our insurance cover and that’s where Nigel’s grant was so helpful.”

The dedication plaque to past Finchdean resident, Winifred Butler, nee Martin, which was on the original bench, has also been saved and mounted on the new bench.

Cllr Wren said: “These benches are a valued addition to the village and it was very sad to see the original one demolished.

“I am delighted to have been able to contribute to the replacement of this bench as a useful amenity and a fitting memorial for Winifred Butler.”

Each East Hampshire District Councillor is given £4,500 to spend on projects in their community. Find out more about the Councillor Community Grant Scheme at