World War One garden made official
PUBLISHED: 15:00 11 August 2014
THE arrival of a new memorial bench commemorating the 100th anniversary of World War One has been celebrated after calls were made by Weston residents to install one.
The appeal, to give the piece of land a seat and plaque, was led by Helen Wheatley, of Woodcliff Road and featured in the Mercury in June.
She said the garden, at the junction of Milton Road and Grove Road, was originally created as a memorial yet lacked any formal recognition of its status. The land is better known as the Rose Garden but 80-year-old Helen, whose father served in the conflict, wanted to create a memorial.
Mayor Roz Willis joined the cause and researched the garden’s history, along with Worle History Society, and it is believed the land was gifted to Milton in honour of those who lost their lives in World War One.
Weston funeral directors H Pitman & Son has now donated the bench to the memorial appeal.
Residents, Helen, Cllr Willis and principal funeral director Julie McCarthy gathered to mark the placing of the bench on Sunday. Rev Richard Salmon from St Paul’s Church also attended to dedicate the bench and garden.