September 30th, 2016

Memorial created in Fairfield to First World War heroes

A MEMORIAL has been created on Fairfield Recreation Ground to remember those from the village and the surrounding area who lost their lives in the First World War.

Five Worcestershire species of fruit tree have been planted and a plaque was officially unveiled by former Bromsgrove District Councillor Janice Boswell during a moving ceremony.

Mrs Boswell had donated monies towards the cost of the memorial from her ward members’ fund while she was in office.

She said: “I thought it was such a lovely idea and I felt privileged to be able to help.

“The ceremony was so touching – it was a wonderful occasion and a great way to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.”

At the ceremony, Coun Chris Scurrell, the vice-chairman of the parish council, read out the names of the 25 who had fallen in the Great War and had lived in Fairfield, Wildmoor and Bournheath. Mos of them were in their 20s when they lost their lives.

A two-minute silence was observed and parish councillor Trevor Jones gave the Exhortation.

Coun Chris Scurrell said: “The fruit trees, on parish council land opposite the primary school, will serve for many years as a reminder to present and future generations of the sacrifice given by these men.”

And he vowed that the parish council would ensure the new orchard area was well-maintained and looked after.

For more information, visit e-services.worcestershire.gov.uk/myparish and select ‘Belbroughton’ from the list of parish councils. From there, select the ‘Remember the Fallen’ link.

A hard copy document is also available to view at St Mark’s Church Fairfield.

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