Group discusses plan for memorial garden
A TEAM made up of community representatives is holding talks to create a new ‘memorial garden’ to commemorate the First World War.
The idea of constructing a new wall in St Peter’s Garden in Church Lane, Chalfont St Peter, with the names of soldiers who died in the world wars has been discussed.
The organising committee consists of the parish church, Royal British Legion, Chalfont St Peter CoE Academy, the parish council and Celfunde Inheritance.
Chalfont St Peter Parish Council chairwoman Linda Smith said a Chiltern District Council officer is looking into sources of funding for the project, such as a lottery grant.
She said: “We want to upgrade St Peter’s Garden. It is a wonderful space. It is early days at the moment. We want to get a proper landscape gardener to come up with ideas.
“We were looking at maybe having an entrance and additional planting.
“We have talked about a new remembrance wall with the war dead named on the wall.”
The new structure would have the current names from the parish churchyard memorial, which relate to the Church of England, as well as new names from the Roman Catholic Church.
“We want one that has everybody on it,” added Mrs Smith. “We would probably need to raise some money.
“At the moment we have no idea how much it will cost. We are hoping to do it within a couple of years.”
Victoria Cross winner Geoffrey Drummond, who died in 1941, is buried at St Peter’s Garden, the proposed location.
Chalfont St Peter’s other VC winner Francis Hubert (Frank) McNamara, who died in 1961, is buried at St Joseph’s Priory in Austin Wood.
The space would remain under the maintenance of the parish council.
Mrs Smith said the group intends to ask the public what they would like to see featured in the memorial garden.
It aims to finish the project by 2018 – a century after the war finished – but Mrs Smith said it should take about two years.