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Prince Harry to open Field of Remembrance at Lydiard Park today
« on: November 09, 2010, 06:33:54 am »
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Prince Harry will be at Lydiard Park next week to attend the official opening of The Royal British Legion Wootton Bassett Field of Remembrance.

The Field of Remembrance is the first to be dedicated specifically to those who have been killed in Afghanistan and will be located in Lydiard Park’s WalledGarden.

Up to 35,000 crosses will be planted in the WalledGarden each with a personal message from members of the public in order to commemorate the 342 men and women killed in Afghanistan since the conflict began in 2001.

The official opening ceremony will take place on Tuesday and The Prince will plant a Remembrance Cross in the Field and take part in a two-minute silence ceremony. He will also meet service personnel taking part in The Royal British Legion’s March For Honour, and set them off on their march to London. Finally, Prince Harry will meet local schoolchildren before joining a private reception.

The Royal British Legion’s National President, Sir John Kiszely KCB MC will also dedicate a cross, along with the Legion’s repatriation officer, Anne Bevis, L/Cpl Ram Patten who is leading the March For Honour, and Amanda Binnie, whose husband Sean Binnie was killed in Afghanistan in 2008.

Swindon Mayor Cllr Rex Barnett and Swindon Borough Council Leader Roderick Bluh will also be among those in attendance and have been invited to dedicate and plant crosses, as well as representatives of the British Armed Forces.

Cllr Roderick Bluh, Leader of Swindon Borough Council, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming Prince Harry to LydiardPark.

“It is a great honour when any member of the Royal Family visits our town, but it is especially poignant that the Field of Remembrance will be opened by Prince Harry especially as he is an active serviceman.

“We are very proud the British Legion chose our beautiful park to host their commemorative field and that Swindon will play a part in recognising the bravery of our servicemen and women.”

Sir John Kiszely KCB MC, National President of The Royal British Legion, said: “The Field of Remembrance is an important part of the Legion’s Remembrance calendar of events.

“We encourage the nation to dedicate personal messages to those who sadly haven’t returned home. We are extremely honoured to have Prince Harry dedicate his own cross and take part in the ceremony.”
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Re: Prince Harry to open Field of Remembrance at Lydiard Park today
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2010, 05:15:51 pm »
Yes, Lydiard Park is now in Wootton Bassett!

Event looks like it went very well and was handled very respectfully by all involved.

A few stories here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-11716129

http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/wiltshire/hi/people_and_places/nature/newsid_9172000/9172136.stm
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Re: Prince Harry to open Field of Remembrance at Lydiard Park today
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2010, 06:21:07 pm »
Not that I begrudge it, but how did Lydiard Park walled garden suddenly become a Garden of rememberance?  Strange.
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Re: Prince Harry to open Field of Remembrance at Lydiard Park today
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2010, 10:07:39 pm »
Yes, does anyone know how it became so?

I was under the impression that the walled-garden was to be fully-restored taking direction from documents and records of the estate.

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Re: Prince Harry to open Field of Remembrance at Lydiard Park today
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2010, 06:25:20 am »


The Garden of Remembrance at Lydiard Park, like the ones in Cardiff and Westminster, will only be in place for the next two weeks. During this time, the garden will be open free for people to visit and add their crosses. The Walled Garden isn't being permanently changed in any way and remains a historic flower garden. The crosses are being planted on the grassed lawns in the garden.

The British Legion wished to create a garden for the Afghan fallan and wanted a space close to Wootton Bassett, because of its role in the repatriation of British Servicemen and women. They visited Lydiard Park and thought the garden would be ideal as it is both a beautiful and secluded space and have chosen to use the space for the coming fortnight.

When this fortnight is up, the crosses will be removed and the garden will go back to usual.

Interestingly, the walled garden already acts as a discreet remembrance space - families from CALM were involved in the restoration plans and have special access to the garden if they wish to find a place to remember their children.

Hope this helps.
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Re: Prince Harry to open Field of Remembrance at Lydiard Park today
« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2010, 07:52:31 am »
In that case, sounds like a good idea to me. 

At least one can get in to it for the next two weeks (albiet late in the sgardening season), the only other way to see it, is to stare wistfully through iron bars.
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Re: Prince Harry to open Field of Remembrance at Lydiard Park today
« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2010, 08:06:45 am »
Or pay £1.85 for a walk around the garden. It's free if you are a season ticket holder or 'Friend' of Lydiard Park: http://www.lydiardpark.org.uk/lydiard/lyd-visitorinformation-2.htm
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Re: Prince Harry to open Field of Remembrance at Lydiard Park today
« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2010, 08:33:47 am »

Walked the girls in Lydiard this morning so I could have a free peer through the gate.  Very nice.

Made sure the girls paid their respects elsewhere though....

I was shocked to discover yesterday, (courtesy of BBC R4), that my neighbourhood had been moved to Bassett.  Thought it was a plot by the Bluhligans until I remembered that Wootton Bassett has become synonomous with 'respect' and Swindon with 'Laughing Stock Banana Republic'.

Thanks Bluh, put us on the map for all the wrong reasons and now we're being kept off it for some right ones.

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Re: Prince Harry to open Field of Remembrance at Lydiard Park today
« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2010, 10:02:57 am »
I suppose we can thank Wootton Bassett (British Legion) for this whole idea. So I don't think we can blame Lydiard for moving itself into Wotton Bassett, but with boundary changes in the offing, perhaps this will give them something to think about?

Remember great mirth, tinged with wistfulness,  at the idea that Swindon should become  Greater Stratton.
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