The Faversham Memorial Garden Project April 2018
Faversham is one of the very few towns and villages that does not display the names of servicemen killed in both World Wars and other conflicts.
The project to add the names of the 374 servicemen killed in WW1 and the 177 killed in WW2 started in 2009. The aim was to ensure that this was achieved by 2018 the centenary of the end of the First World War.
A lot of detailed work has been undertaken and support given across Faversham and beyond by individuals, organisations and Freemason from East Kent that recognise the sacrifice made.
Athelstan Lodge #4024 decided that it would raise money for this local good cause and set about raising £1000 towards the cost of the project a further amount of £250 was given by Cornwallis East Kent Freemasons’ Charity, making a total of £1250 for this project.
It is estimated that there are some 1500 Faversham residents who are relatives of those who were killed or died of their injuries.
As well as creating 8 tablets with these names carved in stone, the garden will be renewed creating an “English country garden” with new gates, a disability-friendly pathway and six superbly designed benches set out amongst the flowers and lawn. The memorial garden committee greatly appreciate the help and support they have been given in particular to those who have kindly sponsored parts of the work.
The persons in the Photograph are. L to R Athelstan Lodge Members: Richard Kipling, Roger Hamilton, Steve Sherlock with Mark Gardener and Cllr Mike Cosgrove both from the War Memorial Appeal