VILLAGERS have been given a permanent reminder of a couple who devoted themselves to improving Upper Beeding.
Tony and Adrian Sullivan were involved in many local societies, including Beeding in Bloom, and strongly believed the more people put into village life, the stronger the sense of community.
A plaque in their memory was unveiled on the brick planter outside Upper Beeding Post Office, on the corner of Saltings Way, on Friday.
Around 30 Beeding in Bloom members and other friends for the village joined the couple’s daughter, Jane Sullivan, for the ceremony.
A gathering in the Hub Café, in Church Lane, followed, where a collection raised £30 for Cancer Research and the Stroke Association.
Jane, who lives in Gloucestershire, said her parents retired to Upper Beeding in 1995 after 33 years of living near Geneva, where her father worked for CERN as a nuclear physicist.
“My parents enjoyed their new life in Upper Beeding and they were strong supporters of the Beeding in Bloom team. They were members of the committee from 1996 to 2008, with my father being the chairman for a number of those years.
“All the committee of Beeding in Bloom worked very hard during the year to raise monies, so they could buy the plants needed, and then worked very hard planting, nurturing and watering the plants so that Upper Beeding looked pretty with all its flowers.
“On many occasions, the village was entered for its great floral display, judged and won awards from Britain in Bloom.”
She said her parents were well known in the village and she and her brothers, who live in Australia and France, wanted them to be remembered.
The memorial plaque was unveiled ‘in the spirit of community and friends’, with the support of Beeding in Bloom, especially secretary Tricia Toe.
Chairman Dudley Rushmere said: “Tony and Adrian Sullivan did a lot for Beeding in Bloom and around the village generally. They loved the village and tried to make it look a bit better for everybody.”
In the photograph from 2001, Tony Sullivan (seated) and his wife Adrian (second right) are helping celebrate Beeding in Bloom’s Best Village win.
The other members pictured, from left, Audrey Leazell, Regina Vine, Tricia Toe, David Geere, Gordon Holloway and Sheila Geere, were all at the plaque unveiling ceremony.