THE community is rallying round to make sure a new memorial garden is finished in time for the First World War commemorations.
The garden at Clanfield Memorial Hall has been a hive of activity over the last few weeks as villagers create a new war memorial to remember the fallen heroes.
Julie Summerfield, the headteacher of Horndean Technology College, did her bit by laying a brick in the plinth that will be the centrepiece of the garden.
A team of pupils from Horndean Technology College gave up their Easter holidays to help dig the garden, which is next to Clanfield Memorial Hall, in South Lane.
‘It’s coming on a treat now,’ said Brian Ahern, a trustee of Clanfield Parish Institute.
‘The brick foundation has almost been completed and the picket fence is nearly finished.
‘A team from Waitrose came along and have cleared out all the weeds.
‘We have had some wonderful comments from people passing through saying how nice it is looking.
‘It’s going to be tight but we are on course.
‘I think it’s right and proper that everyone in the village knows it’s their war memorial.’
For decades the village has paid its respects to the war dead by hanging wreathes on the side of the memorial hall.
But to mark the centenary there will be permanent war memorial, complete with a granite slab and a flint design.
Inside the memorial will be a time capsule and lots of villagers are planning different objects to place inside.
A copy of The News, The Times, the Radio Times and the parish newsletter are already definites.
Mr Ahern added: ‘Other people are putting in a mobile phone which will quite interested in 100 years’ time when it’s opened.’
Around £8,000 is being provided by Clanfield Parish Institute for the memorial and all the labour is being provided for free by the school.
When foundations for the pathway begin, young people will be excavating by hand to replicate the tunnelling of trenches on the battlefield.
Clanfield Juniors and Petersgate Infants will be contributing to the time capsule, along with several village groups.
A service of commemoration is set to take place on June 28.