Leisure => General Leisure => Parks, Playgrounds & Playing fields => Topic started by: Ajemp on April 28, 2012, 18:30:55

Title: Luton Memorial Gardens
Post by: Ajemp on April 28, 2012, 18:30:55
(http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u405/anthonyempett/EPSON002.jpg)
Title: Re: Luton Memorial Gardens
Post by: Ajemp on April 28, 2012, 18:36:46
 
This is photo as promised ,at Luton Memorial Meadow , not sure what year this was taken , perhaps some body may know,(http://)
Title: Re: Luton Memorial Gardens
Post by: numanfan on April 28, 2012, 19:52:36
Great photo Ajemp, thanks for posting it :)

Here's the view nowadays, with the memorial garden next to the scout hut

(http://i727.photobucket.com/albums/ww272/numanfan/100_5249.jpg)

It's also nice to see the Rectory. I spent the first few weeks of my life in there.

At the time my parents lived in a tiny, cold flat in Henry Street which apparently wasn't suitable to take home a new-born baby. John Speers offered to put us up for as long as required - a very Christian act :)
Title: Re: Luton Memorial Gardens
Post by: Ajemp on April 29, 2012, 00:14:23

  HI numanfan, glad you liked the photo ,and what a great memory you have of it ,really nice .
Title: Re: Luton Memorial Gardens
Post by: OldMuzza on August 19, 2013, 18:19:14
I'm told that this photograph is of the dedication ceremony that took place on 5th June 1948. Prior to this the meadow was known as Luton Rectory Meadow.
Title: Re: Luton Memorial Gardens
Post by: bromptonboy on August 19, 2013, 19:01:17
I'm told that this photograph is of the dedication ceremony that took place on 5th June 1948. Prior to this the meadow was known as Luton Rectory Meadow.
Royal Marine Band for the service.
Title: Re: Luton Memorial Gardens
Post by: OldMuzza on August 29, 2013, 19:17:36
Although the meadow was dedicated in June 1948 as a “living memorial” to the residents of Luton who had lost their lives during WWII, the memorial garden within the meadow came about thanks to the efforts of a local resident and a small group of volunteers.

In 2001, it was realised that there was no memorial to the residents of Luton who lost their lives during World War II, despite there being a memorial to the fallen of WWI within the lych gate of the old Luton Christ Church.  Following research, an area within the Luton Memorial Meadow was landscaped and the memorial garden constructed through local fund-raising and donations. A service of re-dedication was held in June 2008.

A small group of volunteers now maintain both the meadow and the memorial garden.

The names of those who lost their lives are recorded in a Book of Remembrance on display in Luton Library.