Sutton Bridge wood will be a place for fun and reflection

Official opening of newly built Community Wood at Sutton Bridge by the Rev David Oxtoby. Details Chris Brandon-King 'Centre front are Sutton Bridge members of Wisbech Sea Cadets with Rev David Oxtoby, Chris Brewis, Bett Ling, Chris Brandon-King,

Official opening of newly built Community Wood at Sutton Bridge by the Rev David Oxtoby. Details Chris Brandon-King 'Centre front are Sutton Bridge members of Wisbech Sea Cadets with Rev David Oxtoby, Chris Brewis, Bett Ling, Chris Brandon-King,

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Despite the cold wind and drizzle, a group of well-wishers attended the Sutton Bridge Commemorative Community Wood opening ceremony on Saturday.

Among those attending were a small contingent of Sutton Bridge members of Wisbech Sea Cadets, and other representatives of those organisations who had supported The Friends of Sutton Bridge Open Spaces from the start of the project

The Rev David Oxtoby said a few words to remind everyones of the sacrifices by the armed forces past, and even at the current time.

The ‘Last Post’ was sounded followed by a minute’s silence, broken by Reveille.

Chris Brewis spoke on behalf of Sutton Bridge Parish Council, and reminded everyone the wood, in which the picnic area is set, was planted 25 years ago, with the help of youngsters.

Chris Brandon-King (honorary secretary of The Friends) gave a brief explanation of who they are, and what they have achieved to date.

He explained the delay in getting the Community Commemorative Wood set up, and was at last pleased to donate it to the people in the village, to spend leisure time, tinged with the memory of the service men and women whose sacrifices help keep us safe.

Mr Brewis accepted the wood on behalf of the Parish Council, who will maintain it for future generations, and opened it for use.

Following the ceremony, refreshments were served in the Curlew Centre.