Group dis­cusses plan for memo­rial gar­den

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

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