A WW1 Commemorative Garden has been constructed in Newton Ferrers, financed by the Yealm Branch of The Royal British Legion and the Yealm Garden Society.
The garden is situated on The Green and easily visible by those entering Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo, and was built with railway sleepers by former Royal Marine Scott Rogers who lives at Collaton. A beautiful wooden Iona cross was made by Peter Leonard of Noss Mayo and installed in the garden which will remain in place until Armistice Day on 11th November 2018.
It is currently planted with 20 diascia, 50 dwarf begonia, 40 verbina and numerous poppies.
On the 100th anniversary of Britain entering the 1914-1918 War on Monday 4th August a ceremony and service was held at noon around the garden attended by some 110 members of the Newton & Noss community. The service was conducted by the Rev Anne Legge. There were readings by the President of the Yealm Branch of the Royal British Legion, Rear Admiral Robin Hogg, the Chairman, Mr David Southwood, and the Deputy Chairman, Brigadier Christopher Lunn. A wreath was laid by the Treasurer, Mrs Lesley Challacombe.
That evening the Rev Anne Legge led a Vigil by candlelight with prayers and readings between 10-11pm in Holy Cross Church to recall Sir Edward Grey’s famous remark “Lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our life-time.” The Chairman of The Yealm Branch of The Royal British Legion read out the Roll of Honour of the 27 men from Newton & Noss who gave their lives during the 1914-18 War.