Yesterday, the Long Ashton Churchyard and Memorial Trust unveiled Long Ashton’s new Memorial, located at the junction of Long Ashton Road, and Theynes Croft.
In attendance was Mrs Annie Maw, the Lord Lieutenant of Somerset, who helped with the unveiling.
It was a lovely, moving ceremony, with poems from trust members, the horticultural society, and a representative from the Parish Council. There were also prayers and the haunting trumpet sounds of the last post.
The Memorial is an outstanding modern design that uses traditional materials centred around three granite stones which have the names of the men, women and children who died.
Within the Memorial itself is a time capsule filled with history from the village, that is now left for future generations to find.
The Memorial Courtyard can be viewed from Long Ashton Road and provides a sheltered area at the rear for stunning benches and wheelchair spaces to allow people to sit in peaceful contemplation.
David Addis, who is behind the project, said:
The location, opposite the former Northlease School building on Long Ashton Road, had a particular significance as some 80% of the fallen attended the Church of England primary school.
The Memorial received no funding from the local council tax money. All money raised was donated by the public and the Regiments of some of the fallen named on the memorial.
We would like to thank all the trust members, and everyone involved for creating such a beautiful, thought-provoking space that everyone can now enjoy.
The trustees and management team of LACA would also like to offer a special thank you to David Addis.
David has worked extremely hard to make the Memorial a reality, and it has been a labour of love for him because, sadly, his son is one of the listed fallen.
The Long Ashton Churchyard and Memorial Trust would like to extend an invitation to everyone in the village to visit and enjoy the Memorial.
We would also like to invite you to help support the trust by donating to their JustGiving page.
Photos from the ceremony
by Carl Tarsey