Annmarie Carlton


Annmarie collapsed and died instantly from a massive rupture of the cerebral artery on Tuesday June 5th in the middle of the afternoon. We'd taken a break in the work we were doing for Bentley Motors and Ferrari GB. I found her under an Apple Tree in her beautiful garden with her dogs running at her side, the birds singing and the sun beating down on her cheeks. She would have suffered no pain and she looked like she'd fallen asleep sunbathing.

The burial of my wonderful wife, business partner, friend, confidant, nurse, lover, cook, gardener and mother of Amy Jo, Lizzie, Lucy and Hannah will take place at St Bartholomew's Church, Tosside BD23 4SQ on Monday June 11th at 16:00.It is a beautiful small village church that we'd both chosen for future weddings. The service will be led by the right Rev Mark Russell-Smith. Refreshments will be available at the Dog & Partridge (next door), from 3pm, where everyone is requested to congregate before the ceremony begins. Please bring an umbrella as the forecast is sunshine and showers.

Afterwards we will celebrate the extraordinary life of Annmarie Carlton at Tosside Community Hall, where Annmarie and I did Yoga every week, together. In order to do this we will be playing and listening to her favourite music and eating some of her favorite foods long into the evening .All flowers at the Church will be from Annmarie's Garden and will be returned after the ceremony. Most of Annmarie's favorite plants were bought from Philip at Oaktree Nurseries in Bolton- By - Bowland. If you would like to bring a gift please bring: A yankee candle or some balloons or a homemade cake. Alternatively you can make a donation to 'Epilepsy Action ' or 'Epilepsy Action South Manchester Branch' and post them c/o Annmarie's parents Peter and Andrea at 7 Clarendon Road , Sale, M33 2DU.

There is ample parking and those who fancy a leisurely drive over can get refreshments all day at Gardenmakers [Tourist signed from the A59 and 3 miles from the Church]. We have arranged with Paul of Travel4All for a bus to collect the 1300 dep Manchester Victoria to Clitheroe train 1415 arr. If you want to use this service please let Annmarie's Mum know on the number below otherwise it will be cancelled. The wonderful friends, neighbours and businesses of Tosside and Bolton By Bowland will be offering hospitality and accommodation and those wanting to stay over either the night before or after should contact Annmarie's Mum Andrea on 07850 064080.

Annmarie wouldn't want anyone to wear black. Annmarie would want you to sing your heart out in the church and to laugh and cry and hug those that you love, all evening. Annmarie will be in the Chapel of Rest at Brian Price of Chatburn, Clitheroe over the weekend where anyone can go and talk to her privately.

Mark Carlton
Friday June 8th 2007 at Dawn.

When the Late Revd John Salisbury retired as Vicar of Tosside in 1979, the Parish was linked to Long Preston under one vicar living there.

A further reorganisation took place in 1997 when the Revd Mark Russell-Smith in Slaidburn reduced his role with Bradford Diocese and Long Preston with Tosside were joined to Slaidburn. He is now helped by Revd. Rachel Wilson, a part-time curate, who lives in Long Preston.

Though a small parish, Tosside still has a vital role. It has:

Population - approx. 200 people
Area - approx. 15 sq. miles from Halsteads to Coolams and Brayshaw to Burn Ridge
Regular worshippers - 13, or about 6.5% of the population
Two buildings open daily at Tosside and Dalehead
Cared-for and 'wild-life friendly' churchyards
Availability for Baptisms, Weddings &
Funerals as well as regular services