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South West Woodlands War Memorial

2013 South West Woodland War Memorial – Service of Remembrance

You are warmly invited to attend a Service of Remembrance at the South West Woodland War Memorial on Tuesday 25 June 2013. The service is ostensibly to remember the men and women from the South West, who have lost their lives in combat since the turn of the Millennium.

This unique woodland War Memorial which was inaugurated in 2010, is made up of three mountain ash trees, surrounded by a square of oaks with an outer circle of hawthorns. As time passes the oaks will grow to form a leafy canopy over three seats, carved from petrified wood, that sit in the very centre of the Memorial.

Beside the trees an engraved stone carries the words ‘In honour of those who have given their lives in the service of their country’ and ‘At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them’.

Military Chaplain, Padre Chris Withers from 1 Rifles will hold a service in chapel before the congregation processes to the War Memorial itself, where a Bugler also from 1 Rifles, will close the service with the sounding of the Last Post.

‘We would like to extend a very warm welcome you and anyone in the South West to this Service of Remembrance in June. The South West has suffered many casualties in war since 2000 and we hope that members of the public and friends and families of soldiers we have lost, will join us in this unique woodland setting to remember them. The War Memorial is growing beautifully four years on and the hawthorns, oaks and mountain ash trees are really beginning to take shape. Visitors to the War Memorial regularly remark upon the tranquillity and sense of peace they experience and we are glad to be able to provide that time and space for them.’

Specific Service Details

Date: Tuesday 25 June 2013

Location: Memorial Woodlands, Earthcott Green, Alveston, Thorbury, Bristol, BS35 3TA

Tea and coffee will be served from 10.30am

Service begins in the chapel at 11am

Lunch will be served in the reception rooms after the service

Parking: Plenty of free, on-site parking

Wheelchair Access: Yes

RSVP: Replies stating how many will be attending should be sent to: Louise@bigredboxpr.com

Directions: Can be found on our website click here

To read more about this years ceremony, please click here.

You can view pictures from this years' ceremony by clicking here.

Please click here to view the photographs from the inauguration ceremony

Please click here to watch videos from the War Memorial Inauguration

Thank you for your interest in our War Memorial, please note that the memorial is entirely not for profit and all costs are borne by the Memorial Woodlands.