Pupils’ First World War garden in Clanfield unveiled

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A MOMENT in history was captured for future generations at a ceremony to mark 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War.

After months of planning, fundraising and hard work the new memorial and garden were unveiled at Clanfield Memorial Hall in front of more than 300 people.

(back l-r) Scouts Cameron Harris 11, Charlie Rooks 13, Aidan Harris 12 and Josh Way 12, with (front l-r) beavers James Attard, 6 and Lewis Chadwick, 6, from 1st Clanfield Scouts. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (141946-4180)

(back l-r) Scouts Cameron Harris 11, Charlie Rooks 13, Aidan Harris 12 and Josh Way 12, with (front l-r) beavers James Attard, 6 and Lewis Chadwick, 6, from 1st Clanfield Scouts. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (141946-4180)

The garden was designed and created by talented students from Horndean Technology College who also put together a time capsule full of items that tell the story of life in 2014.

Councillor Ken Moon, chairman of Clanfield Parish Institute, said: ‘We are simply delighted that so many villagers turned out to see the new garden and to talk about the memorial.’

The ceremony was led by Brian Ahern, vice-chairman of the institute, and Cllr Moon. The school was represented by headteacher Julie Sommerville.

Villagers stepped forward with their time capsules, and these were inserted into the base of the new memorial.

At 11am, Canon the Revd. Dr Gill Hill gave the dedication. Her father, who served in the Second World War, was also present.

The villagers then gathered inside the hall to view the displays, share a cup of tea and listen to singers and a brass band from Horndean Technology College, as well as watching a dance performance by the some of the school’s students.

The other organisations to submit time capsules were Clanfield Junior School, Petersgate Infant School, Horndean Technology College, Clanfield Women’s Institute, Hampshire Constabulary, the Royal Navy who inserted a medallion, The Memorial Hall trustees, East Hampshire District councillors and Meon Valley MP George Hollingbery.

A photograph of one of Clanfield’s oldest residents, 104-year-old Kate Reed, was inserted along with photographs of the Richardson family who live in the village.

A copy of the parish register was put in and the groups who use the memorial hall, including line dancers and the zumba group, put in artefacts.

The ceremony was held on Saturday to mark 100 years since Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated – the event which triggered the First World War.