The memory of a ‘much loved’ chef will live on in west Dorset with Disney-themed benches and a road named after her.

Naomi Haskell, who worked at The Admiral Hood pub in Mosterton, died aged 24 in March 2018 from Meningicoccal Septicemia Meningitis. She was ‘much loved locally’ and a ‘valued member of staff’.

After she died, villagers and the parish council voted unanimously to name a road after her - Naomi Close - in a new development in the village, The Bushells.

Chainsaw sculptors, Neith - made up of Dorset residents Kim Neith Thompson and Rob Neith Nicholson - have been commissioned by social housing provider Stonewater to also produce sculptural benches for the outdoor space in the development.

The pair said they are ‘pleased to have been selected’ to provide the focal piece for the outdoor area, which will be a tribute to Naomi.

The two benches will be inspired by the Lion King film, which was one of Naomi’s favourites. They will be carved from Dorset grown timber, sourced from David Harness Tree Management and should be in place by mid-December.

Rob said: “It’s really important to us for our work to have a narrative or be community led and so we’re honoured to be chosen to work on this project.”

The new development will be officially opened next spring.

To follow the progress of the carving of the benches, visit