Memorial garden bid - cast your vote

PUBLISHED: 10:00 24 November 2010

Milton Rd Cemetery, WsM. Cemetery Chapel. Bell being delivered. (Right) Jason Beck and Matthew Higby of Matthew Higby and Co. Church Bell Engineers, Stone Mason Sam Findlay of Nibus Conservation, Fleur Ragan of Knight Frank Building Consultants, Town Councillers Pauline Priestman and Keith Morris, TC Development Officer Zoe Clements, Head Groundstaff Paul McElean and Friends of Milton Road Cemetery John Stephen, Dr Howard Smith and John Crockford-Hawley.

Milton Rd Cemetery, WsM. Cemetery Chapel. Bell being delivered. (Right) Jason Beck and Matthew Higby of Matthew Higby and Co. Church Bell Engineers, Stone Mason Sam Findlay of Nibus Conservation, Fleur Ragan of Knight Frank Building Consultants, Town Councillers Pauline Priestman and Keith Morris, TC Development Officer Zoe Clements, Head Groundstaff Paul McElean and Friends of Milton Road Cemetery John Stephen, Dr Howard Smith and John Crockford-Hawley.

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THERE is only one day to go until people in Weston can help secure a bid worth £49,500 to build a memorial garden for babies and children in the town.

Weston Town Council is calling on the help of the public when voting begins tomorrow (Thur) in the televised People’s Millions grant programme.

The authority has been successful in its application to the contest for the development of the garden in Milton Road Cemetery and will be going head-to-head with a bid in Tewkesbury to restore a play area which was affected by flooding in 2007.

The memorial garden project will cost £62,000 and the council is asking for £49,500 from People’s Millions, which is run by the Big Lottery Fund in conjunction with ITV.

Plans for the garden include a large stone memorial wall, an area for the scattering of ashes, an area for caskets of ashes and a small secluded garden where the bereaved can sit in peace.

A number of child orientated sculptures will be sought for the area along with benches and landscaping, which will be used to enhance the garden.

Zoe Clements, town council development officer, said: “It is hoped that providing a memorial garden specific for children will provide bereaved parents, siblings, grandparents and carers a space to grieve and remember a loved one in a quiet and reflective place.”

Voting begins at 9am tomorrow until midnight and the phone number people need to ring to register their vote will be published at www.peoplesmillions.org.uk and www.weston-super-maretowncouncil.gov.uk

If people are unable to gain access to the internet, phone the council offices on 01934 632575 or 01934 632567 and staff will provide the phone number.

The bid will also be televised on ITV news between 6 and 6.30pm tomorrow along with the other project.

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