Work on the Memorial Garden was started by pupils from Central Lancaster High School before Covid was even a small cloud on the horizon. Unfortunately all work had to stop as soon as the pandemic struck and it is only now, thanks to help from UU and their partners Sapphire Utility Solutions, that we finally have a memorial garden we can be proud of.
As you can see from the above image we now have smart paved area immediately in front of the Memorial stone and two planting beds for flowers etc. The ugly raised manhole cover has disappeared and the whole thing looks very smart indeed. Many thanks to UU and Sapphire for a great job and also to the Council for their support throughout the process.
Here is Stef from the City Council with two of the Memorial wreaths from Remembrance Day. Hopefully this garden will bloom in the Spring and provide a fitting backdrop for Remembrance events for many years to come.
The work on the Garden followed on from completion of the new pavement to the bus stop. The first stage of UU’s work on the field is now complete and the focus shifts to the new Drainage plan. Watch this space………….!
Due to Covid restrictions the Friends group were unable to organise the joint schools Remembrance event this year.
However we are delighted that local schools marked the occasion individually.
Wreaths were placed on the Memorial stone by representatives of Castle View Primary School and Central High School.
A small group of pupils from Christ Church School made their own small plaques as you can see in the picture. They also held a short service.
UU are coming back on 23rd November to complete their work on the Memorial Garden and lowering the raised manhole. They have promised to replace the wreaths and plaques when they finish work.
We are very sorry to announce that due to the Covid restrictions there will be no Remembrance day event on Miss Whalley’s Field this year.
Along with the absence of the Bonfire these are two annual events that form part of our ‘normal’ year, but this year is not ‘normal’ as everyone knows.
We have been advised that:-
‘The restrictions relate to upcoming events including: Prophet Muhammad’s birthday (28/29 Oct), Hallowe’en (31 Oct), Bonfire Celebrations (5-7 Nov), Remembrance Day (8 Nov), Diwali (14 Nov), Hannukah (10-18 Dec) and switching on Christmas lights.
In line with national restrictions on numbers at events and our strong advice in Lancs to avoid households mixing, the decision has been taken to prohibit large scale events to mark these occasions in Lancashire.’