Archive: May 2016

Guernsey Sands are about to start work on the refurbishment of their memorial garden at Le Foulon Cemetery and are appealing again for anyone who has an existing plaque or memorial in the garden to contact them.

The area, and the original plaques themselves, fell into disrepair some years ago and the charity have been preparing for the refurbishment with the aim of creating a calm and peaceful environment that truly does justice to those remembered there and will be suitable for accessible use all year round.

The work, due to start in the next few weeks, will involve levelling the grassed area of the current site, creating new hard surfaced pathways and removing the existing plaques and replacing them with new plaques mounted on a new centre piece memorial.

Guernsey Sands Chairman Rob Jones said:

“We are completely aware that this is an area of great significance to those families concerned and that any disturbance of the grounds or ornamentation is a very sensitive issue. We are hoping to reassure anyone that has an interest in the site that it will be treated with the greatest respect and no material will be removed during the levelling process and ask that anyone with any concerns contact us to discuss the project and the new plaques.”

“We have been in contact with several families who have plaques for their babies at the garden but there are still some that we have not been able to speak to. If we don’t hear from those families we will provide replacement plaques on the new memorial ourselves, but obviously we would like the families to have the opportunity to have some input in the process and to have their original plaques returned to them if they wish. Families will not be asked to make any financial contribution to the project.”

If you have an existing plaque, or would like to register your interest, email [email protected].

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