Ashington Memorial Garden
Ashington Town Council has responsibility for the maintenance and care of the War Memorial located on Kenilworth Road.
In 2014 the Town Council commenced a project to develop the 'Ashington Memorial Garden' to improve the memorial and make environmental improvements to the wider park area. The aim was to provide a quality area for quiet reflection as well as a fit for purpose venue for the town’s Remembrance Day Service and related Armed Forces events. The project would also address the significant omissions and errors on the plaques relating to those from the town who gave their lives in the two world wars.
A Working Group was developed to oversee the project which included the Ashington Branch of the Royal British Legion, The Western Front Association and local historians. Extensive research was carried out to develop new plaques for an enhanced War Memorial that would fully recognise over 1,000 people, from Ashington, who made the ultimate sacrifice in the wars.
The Town Council and the Ashington Branch of the Royal British Legion secured significant funding to develop the Ashington Memorial Garden. The Garden was designed by Hugh Massey Architects with an enhanced War Memorial as the centrepiece. The War Memorial incorporates the 'Unknown Soldier' created by local sculptor Tom Maley. A new Memorial recognising conflicts after 1945 was also developed and is centrally located in the Garden.
The Town Council also worked with local schools to develop information boards on a variety of military themes that are placed in the Garden. Electronic images of the Information Boards and other related information can be found below.
A well-attended Re-dedication Service for the War Memorial took place on 6 November 2015.
Ashington Town Council and the Ashington Branch of the Royal British Legion would like to thank all who contributed in any way to the project. We would particularly like to thank the following organisations that provided financial support:
- Ashington Community Forum
- Heritage Lottery Fund
- Northumberland County Council (Ashington Ward Councillors - Cllrs. Brian Gallacher, Lynne Grimshaw, Jim Lang, Ken Parry and Mark Purvis)
- The Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust
- The Percy Hedley 1990 Charitable Trust
- The RW Mann Trust
- The Sir James Knott Trust
- The 1989 Willan Charitable Trust
- UK Coal - Potland Burn Community Benefits Fund
On the 1 November 2018 a Service took place to unveil two commemorative stones in the Memorial Garden. The stones recognise Ashington-born Hugh Cairns VC & DCM, on the 100th Anniversary of the awarding of the Victoria Cross (VC), and the Ashington Airfield and its contribution to the WWI war effort.
Although Ashington Town Council has no legal ownership or responsibility to maintain the Bothal War Memorial, situated next to St Andrew's Church in the village, we work with interested parties to maintain and improve the Memorial. A major project to clean, re-point and replace the WWI memorial stone was carried out in 2013 and ensures that the Memorial remains in a good condition to honour those from our community that made the ultimate sacrifice for the country. Information on the Memorial is also found below.