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Sunday 8 March 2009 1.01am
paulineb, contact Blackfriars Settlement, they might be able to tell you about flowers or donations. The funeral directors usually co-ordinate this kind of thing i.e. you send cheques or flowers to them, but I don't know who's doing the funeral.
I went to Blackfriars yesterday to sign the book of condolence and was very warmly welcomed - they are a nice bunch of people.
Sunday 8 March 2009 10.15am
Thank you, Auntie Pat, for this suggestion. I'll contact Blackfriars on Monday.
Sunday 8 March 2009 12.20pm
My daughter and I knew Anne through St. Hugh's Church, where Anne was the organist and also in charge of the collection administration - she was truly involved with so much and supported so many within our community. She really will be missed. We haven't known her long, but she has left her mark. I am still in shock, as she was due to call me on Tuesday - I didn't think anything of it (maybe she had forgotten), but arrived at church to hear the unbelievable news. Anne was always busy and she was commendable for so many reasons, yet she was always lovely, humble and welcoming - a true pillar of our community.

It was announced in church that she has asked to not receive flowers, but instead for donations - to be collected at her funeral - which will be equally split between Blackfiars Settlement and the Borough Music School. I believe that if you are unable to attend the funeral, that you can contact the music school to arrange your donation - please contact them on 020 7525 9002. I also have a mobile number, please ask me for it, if you need it.


I hope that all the organisations she supported continue to grow from strength to strength, in testament to her memory, as this is what would bring her most joy. May she rest in peace.
Wednesday 11 March 2009 12.00am
Tonight at Borough and Bankside Community Council we stood for a minute's silence in respect of Anne.

Local councillors and residents paid their respects to her many contributions to the local community across more than three decades.

Tim
Wednesday 11 March 2009 2.26pm
Previous contributions resonate with me but I wish to add my own. Anne's life and work in Southwark reflected a rich tapestry, a weave of great variety. She was a fine musician, organisor, educator, campaigner, socialist, school governor, Settlement Trustee, musician - and a great, reliable friend. All these roles fit within the canopy of her faith. I feel her life (her pilgrimage) responded to the words of the prophet Micah: "to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God". I hope all those who knew her will continue their journeys in similar ways.
Thursday 9 April 2009 9.27am
This obituary appeared in yesterday's Guardian:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/theguardian/2009/apr/07/obituary-anne-worsely

Tributes were also paid to Anne at last night's Southwark council assembly (full council) meeting by members of all parties.

Cllr Adele Morris also read out this message from Anne's sister Frances which she has asked to be circulated locally:

Frances Worsley wrote:
From the moment I arrived at Intensive Care, St Thomas' Hospital on the 28th Feb, I was surrounded by caring, supportive (and practical) friends and neighbours from SE1. When Anne died on the 3rd March, I was overwhelmed with messages, letters and cards from the whole community, from MPs to the local mechanic who fixed Anne's little van. Donations to her favourite causes now exceed 300 that I know of, and may well be more. This generosity and concern reflect the affection and admiration which everyone seemed to have for Anne. I will always remember the sea of faces when I spoke at the Cathedral service, and the warmth of feeling expressed by so many at the reception afterwards. My family was very moved by the fact that the whole community seemed to be there to pay their respects. Thank you Southwark, I know Anne's work will not be forgotten.

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Saturday 18 April 2009 2.09pm
Anne's sister has a letter published in today's Guardian in support of Borough Music School:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2009/apr/18/letters-borough-music-school

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