17 Feb Our founder commemorated in tree planting ceremony
On 16th November the Eleanor Palmer Trust held a tree planting ceremony to commemorate the life of Eleanor Palmer in the 450th anniversary of her death.
Eleanor Palmer was the daughter of the keeper of Henry VII’s treasure and a good friend of Queen Elizabeth I. Queen Elizabeth I used to stay with Eleanor Palmer on her journeys to and from London when she travelled through Barnet. On her death in 1558 Eleanor Palmer left two acres of meadow land for the benefit of the poor of Kentish Town and Chipping Barnet, and it is this gift which has allowed the Trustees to develop 74 sheltered housing units and a 32 bedded Residential Home around the Bells Hill area of Barnet for frail and elderly people from this area.
The Trust also make Grants to needy individuals and voluntary organisations out of the continuing income from that land.
The ceremony took place at St John the Baptist Church in Wood Street at 3 o’clock. Nearly 100 people including the MP for Chipping Barnet, Theresa Villiers, residents of the sheltered housing units, ward councillors, and other friends and supporters, braved the inclement weather to watch the planting of a Judas tree by the Chairman of the Trustees in the church gardens. This was followed by a short service of dedication inside the Church and then refreshments in the Church Hall, which included a superbly iced cake made by the chef at the residential home.