On Wednesday 24th May 2017 the Centenary Field in Ashtead Rye Meadows was officially opened by Col. Patrick Crowley following a commemoration and prayer of remembrance lead by Rev. Richard Jones of St. Giles and St. George's Churches. Also present was Hugh Riley, DL Deputy Lieutenant for Surrey and representatives of the various organisations who have supported and sponsored us. These include A Plant, the Community Foundation for Surrey, Thames Water, Ashtead Rotary, The Barnby Trust, The Thomas Flack Trust, The Lower Mole Partnership, Surrey Wildlife Trust, The Woodland Trust, The Trout Trust, The Environment Agency, Mole Valley District Council, Cllr. Chris Townsend, Cllr. Chris Hunt and the late Cllr. John Northcott.
On the day of the ceremony we were supported by Peter Williams (Pete Williams Entertainment Service), who supplied the sound equipment and who made a huge contribution to the recording of the schoolchildren's voices reciting the short profiles of those who fell in the Great War. In addition our thanks go to David Gillott and Andy Hendry of the Four Gables Group for supplying tea,coffee, cold water and delicious chocolate brownies to the assembled crowd.
Tkanks also to all the volunteers who contributed to the great success of this venture. We have received many letters of congratulations and appreciation, not only from the sponsors themselves, but also the many residents of Ashtead who came to the ceremony, including Chris and Sue Grayling, Cllr. Chris and Mrs. Chris Townsend, Cllr. Simon and Mrs. Cynthia Ling, Cllr. Pat Wiltshire and Cllr. David Hawksworth.
Photographs courtesy of Janet Webber, Hannah Mornement and David Baker.