The new seat with 'Hopes' and Poppies.

The new seat with ‘Hopes’ and Poppies.

A new seat has been ‘unveiled as part of the town’s marking of the centenary of World War I.

Local children and residents gathered in the Recreation Ground, itself a memorial to peace.

The seat, which is being provided by Whitchurch Town Council, has been specially selected with the design recognising all those who serve the country.

Children from both the Primary School and Testbourne provided ‘Hopes for the Future’ which were read out by the Mayor of Whitchurch, Cllr John Buckley.
The ‘Hopes’ were all attached to the seat with the children each attaching a poppy helped by the Mayoress. The seat which will be a lasting memorial for both remembrance and the future.

WW1 Bench unveiling group

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In his introduction Mayor said:

“64 lost their lives from Whitchurch in WWI but thousands of others also gave service so that we may live in a free country. This seat is part of that remembrance, but it is also for Hope.”

“Our future generations are as, if not more, important. They, the children of today, shape the future for not just our Whitchurch, but for the country and the world.
We invest in them so that peace may continue and all conflict eradicated.”

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WW1 Centenary logoThe ‘Hopes’ the children provided were:

Year 9
Louisa R: My hope for the future is that ongoing conflicts in places like Yemen find peace again.

Arron T: My hope for the future is that everyone will live in peace and that conflicts will not continue to disturb people’s lives. Everyone deserves to be free of suffering.

Year 8
Joe: My hope for the future is World Peace and for world equality so everyone is treated the same so there won’t be any more horrible wars like World War 1.

Zoe: My hope for the future is for all wars to end and that there is peace between everyone no matter what you believe in, or what you look like.

Henry: My hope for the future is that I hope that poverty is no longer a thing. I hope that all diseases are cured and that everyone has a fair life and that no none is shamed or laughed at for being different.

Matilda: My hope for the future is that there is more peace in the world.

Year 6
Lucy S: My hope for the future is to be friends with someone from another country who speaks a different language.

Charlie A: My hope for the future is that everyone will live in peace and harmony because enough blood has been spilt.

Year 5
Grace H: My hope for the future is for people to try and stop wars so people can live happily.

Charlie B: My hope for the future is for a calm and peaceful world where humans and nature can live in harmony.

Year 4
Jessica B: My hope for the future us for everyone to have a house and a loving family.

Susanna D: My hope for the future is for people to get along and share freely so that nobody is without what they need to survive.

Year 3
Honey H: My hopes for the future are that we take care of our world and not harm people or the environment.

Lucas J: My hope for the future is that we will remember the soldiers who fought in Wars.

Georgina H: My hope for the future is that everyone will treat each other the way we want to be treated.

Year 2
Beatrice T: My hope for the future is that we can love one another even if we are different.

Isla C: I hope that as we grow up, our world becomes tidier and tidier.

Year 1
Ruby E: My hope for the future is for everyone to have friends.

Jaidon D: My hope for the future is that everyone will go to school.

An extra Hope for the Day:
There was one extra ‘Hope’ that was received in the Town Hall office – “I hope it doesn’t rain”.
It was a wet morning and it cleared up just before the event.
The ‘Hope’ came true 🙂

WW1 Bench 02