Diary of a Sutton Councillor

Tuesday 29th March 2011 1pm

Iris Tomlin’s Funeral

Iris Tomlin spent her life giving her time for the benefit of the community, so it was with huge gratitude for the work she has done that I attended her funeral at the Trinity Church in Wallington.

I knew Iris from her role chairing the Friends of Wallington Library and Gardens, which was a position she carried out with efficiency and enthusiasm that belied her 87 years. In that role she had overseen the refurbishment of the Wallington library, the establishment of the lunchtime concerts in the Mallinson Room, the planting of the Garden of Memories in the library gardens and the idea for the Wallington Day Fair – now an established event celebrating the area. All of these initiatives, effected in just the few years I have known her, and of course aided by the dedication and hard work of the other Friends of the Library, have proven that where local people get involved in their community the outcomes are vastly improved.

Iris had a lifelong commitment to Wallington and to the library, but it became clear from the eulogies at her funeral that her work and dedication reached well beyond Wallington, but were always in the service of the community. Iris had served as a local councillor, local magistrate, school governor, and sat on a number of health bodies – invariably chairing many of them. She was also involved with the London Irish Rifles and The Royal British Legion, as well as sitting on very many other voluntary organizations such as Age Concern.

Her influence will continue into the future because of the work she has put into her community.

It was obvious from attendance at the service that Iris was well known, and well thought of, with Councillor Lord Graham Tope paying tribute to Iris with his memories of her.

Steve Winsor the Wallington Library Manager revealed that the main meeting room at the library will be dedicated to Iris, in recognition of her work for the library.

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