Greasbrough honours the fallen of WWI

Published Monday, 30th March 2015
Remembrance Day

Innovative partnership working between young and old in a Rotherham village has resulted in a new Memorial Garden honouring local men who lost their lives in the First World War.

At 2 pm on Wednesday April 1, the Mayor of Rotherham, Cllr John Foden, will officially open the new garden at Greasbrough Community Library, while the Vicar of Greasbrough, the Rev Lyn Wortley,  will dedicate and bless a new plaque honouring the local fallen.

The plaque, which has been provided by the Greasbrough Library History Group, honours local soldiers who fought for the country in the 1914 - 1918 conflict. 

It will be sited in the new memorial garden, which has been created by a group of 15 young people working on their National Citizen Service certificates. Aged from 15 to 17, the youngsters are part of a partnership between the Rotherham United Community Sports Team and the National Citizens Service -  a youth empowerment programme.

The  young people enjoy a  varied programme of involvement and projects to complete to enable them to achieve their goal and get their Certificate and in this case the youngsters chose the project to create the Memorial Garden in conjunction with the Greasbrough Library History Group and the Council's Library Service. 

The Greasbrough Library History Group meet at the library in Coach Road and provide the community with a good and varied amount of local information and displays.  One of their latest displays comprised photographs of local soldiers who had fought in the First World War and was surrounded by poppies lovingly made from a variety of different materials.

The display was appreciated by many visitors. The History Group would like to increase its membership (please ask at the Library), and is also asking for people to search out any memorabilia/photographs and stories they might have. This is so the group can make a record and perhaps include them in future displays.

Libby Hicken, Library Group Manager for the Council, said that like other libraries throughout Rotherham, Greasbrough regularly works with partners enabling them to deliver a service that is enjoyed by the local community.

She added: "This has been a wonderful inter-generational project that has turned a piece of untidy land into a garden that the community can really appreciate.  When the young people chose this as their project they said that it was important that what the soldiers did for us was not forgotten. 

"They were not the only ones to show a strong social commitment as Hall Construction of Hull, working with the Council, donated two tonnes of soil to the project along with wheel barrows and garden tools after just one quick phone call.

"As a result of the donations and hard work, the garden has made the exterior of the library look so much better and the public have made lots of appreciative comments, as well as donations of more money for plants. One volunteer is ready to help maintain it and several donations of plants and shrubs have been given since the garden was created."