Centenary Memorial Unveiled In Edwinstowe
Edwinstowe Unveils a Lasting Monument to commemorate the Centenary year of Remembrance
The Edwinstowe Royal British Legion, together with the community group formed to run a village remembrance project saw the conclusion of an important objective this month. The Legion started with a plan to commemorate the centenary year of remembrance back in August of 2017. We sent two of our representatives to the Grand Pilgrimage in the summer of 2018, where the battlefields of The Somme, Passchendaele and Ypres were all visited, and our respects were shown to the many thousands of men and women who gave their lives during the period 2014 to 2018. This four-day event concluded with a large parade to the Menin Gate, where the Edwinstowe wreath was laid, along with over 1,000 others.
Beyond this formal remembrance event, the people of Edwinstowe quickly got behind a proposal to leave a more enduring token of remembrance in our village. It was agreed that we would raise funds to place a granite memorial stone to commemorate the sacrifice made by over 30 of our local men, who’s names are shown on the white granite memorial cross at the Edwinstowe garden of remembrance. With the support of several groups, including the Thoresby Football club, the Golf society, the Edwinstowe Co-op, the Forterra company and many more, we quickly realised the funds and support necessary to make this objective a reality. We wish to give our special thanks to our friends at the Hammer and Wedge who have accommodated various fund-raising event over the past year.
On 16th March, despite the prevailing bad weather and the threat of strong wind and rain, the new memorial was unveiled by the chair of Newark & Sherwood District Council, Cllr Keith Walker. Also, present was the chair of Nottinghamshire County Council Cllr Sue Saddington, together with supporting officers of both major councils. Also in attendance was our County Representative from the Nottinghamshire RBL. The Revd. Ian Webb, vicar of Clipstone, Edwinstowe and Perlethorpe gave the blessing prayer and the exhortation from the Laurence Binyon poem. Fortunately, the weather favoured us for the actual unveiling and several dozen members of the community witnessed the new memorial showing its presence at the front of our remembrance garden. We were very well supported by our village based Scout, Guides, Brownies and other youth groups who, as always, come to our remembrance events in the full colour of their uniforms and with enthusiasm to join us – thank you to you all.
During the next few weeks and months we hope that you will take the opportunity of visiting the garden and viewing the new memorial.
And finally, can we thank, once again the many groups and people in our community who gave freely of their time and money to ensure this project came to a successful outcome.