Lydiard Park Field of Remembrance
Field of Remembrance 8th November 2013
The Field of Remembrance pays tribute to all the brave Service men and women who have lost their lives in Afghanistan in the service of their country and was open to the public between 9am and 4pm everyday from Friday 8th November to until Sunday 17th November 2013 when it unfortunately, had to be closed.
The Field of Remembrance at Lydiard Park (in the Walled Garden) was opened on Friday 8th November 2013 with a Service starting at 11.00 am and was attended by Local dignitaries both from Royal Wootton Bassett, Swindon and RAF Brize Norton as well as a great number of other people.
Unfortunately this year the weather was not great, in fact, though the day began fairly good - it turned for the worst at 11.00 am just as the Service began. But dispite the rain people still remained and a sea of umbrellas emerged. Some people did get very wet, especially those who were taking part in the Service itself - out in the open there was little defence against the weather!
However the Service and the rest of the day went very well and our thanks goes to those who took great time and effort to organise and carry out this very moving event. There were approximately 46,000 crossed laid in the garden, an increase on the number laid last year. The crosses were arranged with the help of Soldiers, School children and and many other Helpers and thanks to their willing efforts, we were able to see a magnificent display in the Walled Garden and besides which, there was a wonderful display of poppies in the area at the front of Lydiard House.
There are, around the country, a number of these Fields of Remembrance, all of which take a lot of time and effort to arrange and our sincere thanks go to all those involved, giving us the opportunity of viewing magnificant displays and paying tribute to those who have given their lives in the service of the country. Thank you!
Run2Remember - Saturday 9th November 2013
The Run2Remember which was held on the following day, saw a great increase in people wishing to take part. The event raised £40,000 - Well done to everyone who took part and thank you everyone for your very generous donations.