Plaque tribute in memory of church organist

A plaque has been dedicated to former church organist Ann Reed who served the church for 40 years and died a year ago.'A restored Victorian family bible inscribed with her name has also been given to the church.'l-r duncan reed, alan reed
A plaque has been dedicated to former church organist Ann Reed who served the church for 40 years and died a year ago.'A restored Victorian family bible inscribed with her name has also been given to the church.'l-r duncan reed, alan reed

A REMARKABLE woman who died last year has been remembered in a special way by the village in which she lived.

Ann Reed played the organ at All Saints’ Church, in Rede, for more than 40 years and is fondly remembered by those in the village.

The mother of three was also well known for the time she spent working as a teacher in Chedburgh and as a special needs teacher in and around Bury St Edmunds.

On Sunday, a plaque dedicated to her ‘loving memory’ was fixed to the organ at the Rede church where she played for so many services.

Ann’s husband, Alan, said: “It’s a tremendous thing for them to do, I’m very touched. Ann was a great servant to the church, she played the organ there for 41 years.”

Canon David Wall, who conducted Ann’s funeral, said: “I think it’s unusual in this day and age, there’s very few plaques put up in churches and they have to be authorised by the diocesan authorities.

“They’re only put up for individuals in exceptional circumstances so this was very special but, appropriately, it was for a very special lady.”

A Victorian family bible, which has been restored and inscribed with Ann’s name, was also presented to the church, to use ‘forever more’.