AN INSPIRATIONAL disability rights campaigner and much-loved personality has been remembered with a memorial bench in the churchyard of his home town.

Henry Langen of Narberth, who was 64, passed away nearly a year ago.

At the time of his death he was president of the Pembrokeshire Access Group, of which he was a founder member in 1997. He had worked tirelessly in the past 20 years to promote the rights of disabled people both locally and nationally, always putting the needs of others before himself and always in a caring and diplomatic way.

The group has now installed the bench at St Andrew’s Churchyard in Narberth.

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Henry Langen’s family and friends greet the new bench installed in his memory by the Pembrokeshire Access Group.

Said Access Group chair, Annette Peter: “The group was determined that a permanent reminder of Henry, his work and achievements should be established and in conjunction with Yve, Henry’s partner, set about finding a suitable location and sourcing a bench and plaque.”

The bench was dedicated at a well-attended service held recently, led by the Rev Martin Cox of St Andrew’s Church. Members of Henry’s family and many friends joined members of the Access Group and representatives of Narberth Town Council, including the then-mayor, Councillor Ruth Platt.

Added Annette: “We are all very pleased that this has now become a reality and has attracted such a large group of supporters, family and friends.

“It is testament to the high regard in which Henry and his work was held in the community.”

Commented Councillor Platt: “I knew Henry for many years as a friend and as a colleague on Narberth Town Council.

“He was a great asset to the town, both as mayor and as a long-serving and very active member of the town council.”

The Pembrokeshire Access Group is an independent charity which aims to promote improved access to services and facilities for disabled people.

Contact the access officer on 01437 764551 or