Residents create their own war memorial for estate

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Coffee Hall is the first estate in Milton Keynes to have its own war memorial, which has been funded by donations and built by volunteers.

After being left without following the redrawing of Woughton ward’s boundaries, Coffee Hall now has two new benches so that people can visit the area and pay their respects to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.

The benches themselves, like the memorial, were funded through grants, initiatives by Woughton residents and local resident’s generosity.

Councillor Nick Scott, and chairman of the Coffee Hall residents association, said: “The benches are a fantastic addition to the area around the memorial.

“We hope that residents from across Woughton can enjoy a rest on our village green for many years to come.”

The installation of the benches marks the start of an exciting time for the area, with several events planned to coincide with Remembrance Day and days leading up to it.

The memorial is located by Christ the Vine Church, and their spokesperson Revd. David Rudiger said: “Christ the Vine Community Church regards it as a real privilege to be associated with the memorial.”

Remembrance service is lead by the Church is open to all.

On the 24th October there is a Remembrance Concert, jointly organised by Christ the Vine Church, Coffee Hall Residents Association and The Royal British Legion, with a band playing music from the Second World War.

John Wren, who is the Poppy Appeal Organiser for the Royal British Legion said: “The Royal British Legion are proud to be involved with Coffee Hall Residents Association and Christ the Vine to build on the fantastic memorial, including this concert with war era songs.

“In addition to the service on November 8, there is a non-religious School’s event, which is the only one of its kind in the county.

“There has been significant support from schools, and on the 11th November we are expecting over 400 children.

“The final event planned for the commemorations is a coach trip to Ypres in Belgium and the trenches in the surrounding area – first the homes and then graves of thousands of men in the First World War.

“The event, on the November 28, is a fantastic opportunity for a widely marginalised and continually neglected community to pay their respects at the final resting place of thousands of soldiers. Councillor Donna Coventry-Fuller said: “This just proves that community spirit is alive and well. I am immensely proud to represent this community, who are so often told that they live in a deprived area.

“Their ongoing achievements prove that those who so often have the least are able to give generously for the benefit of their community.”