Brockenhurst Parish Council has always and will continue to respect all those who fought in both World Wars and other theatres of operation. Our most notable testimony to this is the manner in which we look after the war graves at St. Nicholas' Church receiving many commendations from not only the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, but also the New Zealand High Commissioner, their armed forces and the many visitors from across the world.
Over two years ago the Parish Council considered what would be the most appropriate way to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. We came to the conclusion that as local residents had originally created a shrine on the current site of the War Memorial we would put our efforts into its complete refurbishment. This has been completed and received many very favourable comments.
The Parish Council then considered what further action could be taken and started working with other local organisations including Brockenhurst Business Association. A 'Silent Soldier' was considered along with other ideas. The Parish Council preferred the more traditional option to decorate the major village roads with poppies on lampposts as this would be seen by all passers by with Brockenhurst Business Association agreeing to purchase the 'Silent Soldier'. Discussions are ongoing as to where this might be placed given the freedom of animals to roam the village. Working very closely with the Business Association, the local branch of the Royal British Legion will financially benefit from the commemorative concert we are jointly organising and which we feel will be a fitting tribute. We will be offering a pack of 'Remembrance' crocus to those attending the concert as a longer lasting memory. Finally, we are hopeful of obtaining some small clear seated figures which will be distributed around the village in due course.
Parish Councillors will have the opportunity of reviewing the ongoing discussions at their next meeting.
Pete Wales, Chairman, Brockenhurst Parish Council
Sarah Neller, Chair, Brockenhurst Business Association
26th September 2018