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Chelmsley Wood memorial garden given make-over thanks to lottery funding

Sarah Mason 25th Jul, 2018

A MEMORIAL garden in Chelmsley Wood has been given a new lease of life thanks to lottery funding.

William H Painter funeral directors was awarded £10,000 of funding last year to remodel the memorial garden at the St Andrews Church, which was officially opened at this year’s open air memorial service.

The remembrance service was led by Reverend Mike Harmon and assisted by Reverend Helen Horan, Curate and Reader Shirley Turner.

Singers and musicians from Bishop Wilson School performed a dance and a selection of songs from their most recent summer production.

Each name from the 180 Memorial Plaques currently in the garden was read out in remembrance by Mike, Helen and Shirley.

Funeral Arranger Michael Beck said: “I am over the moon with how the garden looks.

“We still have some flowers to plant which were purchased with money donated by the Chelmsley Wood Parish Council, and this will be completed when the weather gets a little cooler.

“The local Asda supermarket has adopted the memorial garden as their community project, which is great news. It is now a truly community area; being educational, a place of reflection as well as a place of remembrance for all people of Chelmsley Wood.”

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