Council plans for new Garden of Remembrance in Clowne

Clowne Parish Council Chairman Karl Reid near the site where the council plans to build a new memorial garden.
Clowne Parish Council Chairman Karl Reid near the site where the council plans to build a new memorial garden.

Ambitious council bosses are set to honour those who have fallen during conflicts as well as many unsung heroes with a newly-built Garden of Remembrance.

Clowne Parish Council joined forces with Bolsover District Council artist Andrew Tebbs to design and build the square with a beautiful poppy-inspired centre-piece designed for quiet contemplation.

Andrew said: “This will be an extension to the existing Cenotaph and war memorial. I have spoken to people in Clowne and developed a sense of what the community want.

“We want to make a space that people can use when they visit the Cenotaph or use it for Remembrance and for other events where they can enjoy quiet reflection in an enclosed space.”

The paved space will run adjacent to North Road and a piece of land to the north of the Cenotaph next to the Aldi car park has been granted to the project by the store.

It will include a well-lit, horse shoe-shaped, five feet tall wall on the northern edge which will be castleated with seating with panels acknowledging those who contributed from the home front including, miners, farmers, steel and textile workers.

The memorial’s crowning feature will be a red-lit, five metre long, sandstone monument with poppy carvings split into four parts with each representing poppy petals.

Council chairman Karl Reid said: “This monument will be in red, sandstone that will be accentuated by red-lighting.”

The council considered the plans during its meeting last Monday and is due to submit a planning application to Bolsover District Council soon.