COMMEMORATIVE GARDEN. ST PETERS 17.7.15
Thursday 17th July 2015 at St Peter`s Garden Centre, Norton, Worcester.
A ceremony and blessing of a commemorative garden to the Worcestershire Regiment and those that served at Norton Barracks was held, a formal opening with a ribbon being cut by the winner of a local school competition to design the garden was performed. This was organised by the Norton Worcestershire Regiment Group. A Bugle and Standards from the Worcester Branch of the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regimental Association, along with standards from the Royal British legion were on hand for the official duties.
After a welcome speech from Mrs Tracey Hodgkins and explanation of the Norton – Kempsey school children`s competition where Jude Harrison was overall winner of his design of a red tarmac poppy with a centre design of black marble with the badge and inscription of The Worcestershire Regiment with a surround of blue brick sets, a planted garden and a bench for people to rest when they visit.
Followed by addresses from Mr Will Blake CEO of St Peter`s Garden Centre and Councillor Ian Hopwood, Chairman Worcestershire County Chairman.
After the welcome speeches the Standards led the way to their places beside the Commemorative Garden along with the Bugler, Dave Waldron RBL County Chairman and Schoolchildren. After an Address by Sir Anthony Winnington Bt, High Sheriff of Worcestershire, the overall winner of the school children`s competition Jude Harrison aged 9 cut the ribbon to formally open the garden. Minister the Reverend Don Slogett led prayers and along with everyone recited the Worcestershire Regimental prayer. The Exhortation was delivered by Dave Waldron RBL County Chairman, after the last Post, 1 minutes silence and reveille, Dave Waldron delivered the Kohima Epitaph. The minister blessed the Garden and this was followed by the laying of tall cast metal poppies by the schoolchildrenalong with dignitaries and honoured guests.
After a photo call the standards were on parade outside the marquee whilst people retired for refreshments.
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A display was on show including photos from a sports gala day from 21st June this year at the former Norton Barracks. There was a photo of John Walters who had the highest score in the shooting. WFRA were the highest scorers.
In shirt sleeves, Dennis Hodgkins agrees final details for ceremony
L>, RBL Worcs National Standard, Alan Fish Worcestershire Regiments Standard, Harry Massam Chairman Worcester Branch and Bugler, Maurice Smith Secretary Worcester Branch and Parade Marshall, Rbl Deputy Standard, Neville Fairbairn WFRA Area Standard
L>, Freda Knight (Mayors Wife) Mayor Worcester Roger Knight, Mark Jackson Col. Retd. Museum Mercian Worcestershire Trustee. ?
L>, Maurice Smith Secretary Worcester Branch WFRA, Worcester mayor Roger Knight
L>, Harry Massam Chairman Worcester Branch WFRA and Bugler for occasion with Mayor Roger Knight
L>, Alan Fish Worcester Branch WFRA with Mayor Roger Knight
L>, Mr Will Blake CEO, St Peter`s Garden Centre With Mayor Roger Knight
on Right, Dave Waldron Royal British Legion Worcestershire County Chairman with Mayor Roger Knight
L>, Harry Massam with Mark Jackson Col Retd. Mercian Museum Worcestershire Trustee
L>, Dave Waldron RBL County Chairman with Maurice Smith
L>, Dave Waldron, Mark Jackson, Maurice Smith
L>, Alan Fish, Harry Massam, Lt Col. Stuart Hitchman Royal Artillery
L>, RBL Worcs National Standard, Alan Fish Worcestershire Regiments Standard, Harry Massam Chairman Worcester Branch and Bugler, Eric Tipping 1st Btt Worcestershire Regiment 1943-1947 (Europe), Maurice Smith Secretary Worcester Branch and Parade Marshall, Rbl Deputy Standard, Neville Fairbairn WFRA Area Standard
L>, Councillor Ian Hopwood (ex Royal Artillery) Chairman Worcestershire County Council, Harry Massam explaining Worcestershire Regiments Standard with Royal Artillery, Worcestershire Hussars and Worcestershire Regiments Badges
L>, Alan Fish, Harry Massam, John Lowles Col Retd. Archivist Mercian Museum Worcestershire
L>, Alan Fish, Harry Massam, John Lowles Col Retd, Archivist Mercian Museum Worcestershire
Parade Marshall Maurice Smith brings parade to attention before people enter marque for welcome speeches
Mrs Tracey Hodgkins with welcome speech
Mrs Tracey Hodgkins with the children from Norton - Kempsey School Who were finalists in design competition for the Memorial Garden
Jude Harrison aged 9 overall winner of competition holds up his winning design
Address by Will Blake Chief Executive Officer, St Peter`s Garden centre
Address by Councillor Ian Hopwood, Chairman Worcestershire County Council
Standards lead way to commemorative garden
Standards, Bugler RBL County Chairman and school children take their place beside garden
Address by Sir Anthony Winnington Bt. High Sherriff of Worcestershire whose predecessors served in the Worcestershire Regiment. Followed by the ribbon cutting by competition winner Jude Harrison
Dedication of the Commemoration Garden by Minister, Rev Don Slogett
Dave Waldron RBL county Chairman delivers the Exhortation...."They shall grow not old..."
Harry Massam plays the Last Post
1 minutes silence
Dave Waldron delivers the Kohima Epitaph " When you go home.."
Councillor Ian Hopwood with Jude Harrison winner of design competition
Mercian Regiment Representative
Lt Col. Stuart Hitchman RA
John Lowles, Col Retd. Mercian Museum Worcestershire, Archivist
Mark Jackson Col Retd. Mercian Museum Worcestershire, Trustee
Eric Tipping ex Worcestershire Regiment 1943-1947
Roger Knight Mayor Worcester
Pupils of Norton - Kempsey School
Maurice Smith, Parade Marshall, Secretary Worcester Branch WFRA