Field of RemembranceDeputy Mayor, Councillor Don Heath attended the opening of a Field of Remembrance at Lydiard Park, Swindon on Thursday, 27 October.
A brass band performed The Last Post, Reveille and Nimrod during a special service to dedicate and bless the area. This included prayers for peace and freedom, a bible reading, the traditional two-minute silence, and readings of the exhortation and Kohima epitaph: "When you go home, tell them of us and say - For your tomorrow, we gave our today."
Dignitaries including the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire, Swindon Mayor Garry Perkins, Royal Wootton Bassett Mayor Steve Walls, Vicar Clive Deverall, and Royal British Legion Chaplains Rev Trevor Day and Jane Curtis planting remembrance tributes. A new art installation in the field displayed a collage of supportive messages for the RBL which were written on poppy-covered paper and arranged around a large 100-shaped block to mark the charity's centenary.
The beautiful and solemn grounds in the park’s walled garden is open to visitors for the next four weeks from 9am to 4pm, all the way up to November 28.
Address: Lydiard Tregoze, Swindon SN5 3PA
The Field of Remembrance is situated in the Walled Garden in the grounds of Lydiard House & Park just outside of Royal Wootton Bassett town centre.
Directions by car:
Lydiard Park, SN5 3PA, is situated on the western edge of Swindon. From M4 all routes including A420 & A346, exit J16 towards Swindon and follow brown signs to Lydiard Park. From M5/A419 and routes through Swindon town centre, follow signs to West Swindon, then pick up signs to Lydiard Park. On Whitehill Way there are additional signs to the Lydiard House & Church entrance to the park off Hay Lane. There is disabled parking at both entrances, and pay and display will be in operation.
Directions by bus:
From Swindon town centre, Thamesdown Transport No1 and 1A (make sure the bus destination says Middleleaze or Ramleaze) run frequently from Fleming Way.