Kathryn Rowswell Commemorative Bench

A bench has been placed in the All Saints’ churchyard by Martock Parish Council in memory of Kathryn Rowswell, who was responsible for keeping the streets of Martock clean and tidy. Kathryn undertook this in the most outstanding way, daily exceeding the expectations of her role. If Kathryn saw a bench that needed painting- she would paint it, if there was rubbish in front gardens- she would remove it; Kathryn went the extra mile.


And in terms of her private life, this is just what Kathryn did- she ran: marathons and races and for miles around locally, and when illness made this difficult, she walked. Kathryn was a remarkable person, and it is perhaps ironical that she is remembered by a bench, since the one thing one never saw her do was sit down.  The bench bears a small plaque, with words chosen by the Parish Council, simply saying that she ‘cared for our open spaces’  The larger inscription was chosen by the family, a piece by AA Milne, spoken by Christopher Robin at the point when he knows he will not always be with Winnie the Pooh, and wants to make sure Pooh doesn’t feel abandoned; it is very apt.


On a bitterly cold day in March, a large number of her family, friends, neighbours, work colleagues and fellow runners (pictured) gathered to remember Kathryn beside her bench. And whilst most of us then repaired to the Market House for much-needed hot coffee, the runners set off to run up Ham Hill and back, in memory of their friend.


The bench is at the far end of the churchyard, in sight of Kathryn’s house; do go and see, and perhaps sit awhile.