Care home pays trib­ute to fallen

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORING -

A CARE home is help­ing to com­mem­o­rate the First World War by open­ing its own gar­den.

Prest­bury Beau­mont Care Home, on Col­lar House Drive in Prest­bury, has opened a me­mo­rial gar­den to mark the cen­te­nary an­niver­sary of the start of the con­flict.

Res­i­dents and staff at the home were joined by Pres­i­dent of the Prest­bury Royal Bri­tish Le­gion, David Asher, and Deputy Lieu­tenant Tom O’Brien along with more than 20 other mem­bers of the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion for the of­fi­cial open­ing of the gar­den.

Speeches from both dig­ni­taries were fol­lowed by a bless­ing given by as­sis­tant priest at St Peter’s Church and St John’s in Adling­ton Avril Raven­scroft. The gar­den, which hon­ours those who lived, fought and died dur­ing the war, was the re­sult of much hard work by head gar­dener at the home, Ed­win Clarke, gar­dener, Jake Gre­gory and Phyl­lis Clarke, a vol­un­teer.

Bev­er­ley Davies, gen­eral man­ager at Prest­bury Beau­mont, said: “Dur­ing the af­ter­noon at­ten­dees also en­joyed en­ter­tain­ment and re­fresh­ments on the lawn in the beau­ti­ful sun­shine.

“Open­ing the me­mo­rial gar­den was a mov­ing event and we are thank­ful to the Prest­bury Royal Bri­tish Le­gion for join­ing us on the day.

“It was a spe­cial op­por­tu­nity to re­flect and many res­i­dents shared sto­ries about their rel­a­tives who fought in the war or were in­volved in the war ef­fort.

“The gar­den is a per­ma­nent trib­ute to those who gave their lives and is viewed as a very im­por­tant ad­di­tion to Prest­bury Beau­mont by both our staff and res­i­dents.”

● from l to r: Bev­er­ley Davies, Avril Raven­scroft, Pres­i­dent of the Prest­bury Royal Bri­tish avid Asher and Deputy Lieu­tenant Tom O’Brien.

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● c ● Pupils present the heque to lo­cal causes they helped raise funds for

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