Opening Wymondham, national recognition and training with Nelson’s Journey

When the greengrocers in town closed down, we had the opportunity to buy the premises and open a branch of Rosedale in Wymondham, but for many months and even years afterwards, folk would seek us out on Middleton Street, looking to buy a cabbage or a bunch of bananas!  The branch was headed up by Marion Baynton who went on to launch our first Bereavement Support Group and was a valued member of the team until she retired in 2017.  The stained-glass window in the Chapel of rest depicts a sailing boat on the horizon from the reading that she chose for her late husband’s funeral.   After being grilled by the judging panel for the Natwest Every Woman Award, Anne was delighted to be a finalist in the Demeter category, our first national recognition for the work that we had achieved, including mentoring women wanting to join the funeral profession and contributing a chapter on Children’s Funerals for the professions Manual in Funeral Directing.   Children from primary schools in the villages surrounding Attleborough were asked to contribute drawings with a theme of nature in a colouring competition.  The winning designs were subsequently incorporated into a stunning stained-glass window in our Chapel of Rest.   Following the death of Rosemary Davies a primary school teacher who was very dear to our hearts, we received a donation from her husband Chris in her memory to expand our resources for bereaved children.  This enabled us to launch our training for school teachers to ensure that bereaved children were supported in school and to donate specialist book collections across South Norfolk libraries.  Developing this training initially with Nelson’s Journey led to a strong partnership and Anne accepted an invitation to join the board of trustees.