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Cynon Valley Memorial Garden Opening

A new Memorial Garden for the Armed Forces community is set to open in Rhondda Cynon Taf this coming weekend, in time for this year’s Armistice commemorations. 

The Council has been working closely with local organisations as part of its continuing commitment to support the Armed Forces community, Past and Present. 

The Cynon Valley Memorial Garden, situated in Aberdare town centre and due to officially open to the public on Sunday, November 3 (10.30am), will be a place people can visit to pay their respects for our Armed Forces or remember loved ones.The Aberdare branch of the Royal Welsh Regiment has been busy raising funds in order to bring the project to fruition, gaining overwhelming support from the local community.

Among the generous donations was £4,600 from Pen Y Cymoedd, which has been used to purchase four benches, commemorating two World Wars, the Falklands conflict and one bench to mark all other conflicts around the world.

The new Cynon Valley Memorial Garden is located in close proximity to Aberdare Library and is a fitting tribute to all those who have died during the two World Wars and all other conflicts around the world.

The centrepiece of the Memorial Garden is a 4.5 tonne plinth of local limestone, generously donated by Penderyn Quarry. The Coleg Y Cymmoed Aberdare Campus construction staff and students have helped to lay the paved area and two flagpoles have also been installed, along with suitable lighting and supporting infrastructure.

Council Deputy Leader, Councillor Maureen Webber, also the Council’s Armed Forces champion, said: “Both myself and the Council Leader meet regularly with our local groups who do so much good work in providing help and support to others in the Armed Forces community.

“The new Memorial Garden in Aberdare will be a focal point for those who wish to come and spend personal time remembering loved ones who are sadly no longer with us.

“Our County Borough is extremely proud of its strong ties with our Armed Forces community and we are delighted to be supporting this wonderful new facility, which will provide peace and tranquillity for those who wish to sit and remember loved ones.”

The town’s annual Armistice commemorations will continue to be held at St Elvans Church and at the Cenotaph, Victoria Square, Aberdare.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council was one of the first local authorities in Wales to sign up to the Armed Forces Covenant in 2012, a commitment that was reaffirmed in 2018. 

The Council’s Veteran Advice Service

Huw Rees, of the Aberdare branch of the Royal Welsh Regimental Association, said: “Many conflicts have happened since the end of World War Two so our association decided to take on the gauntlet of creating something new in Aberdare where servicemen and women who have fought and died for their country can be remembered, but also those who have served and have since passed away.”

Mr Rees also thanked Rhondda Cynon Taf Council for its continued support. The Local Authority has been presented with the Ministry of Defence’s prestigious Gold Award in 2017 in recognition of its approach to supporting the Armed Forces community locally. 

The Veteran Advice Service is available for all past and present Armed Forces personnel and their families. Email: VeteranService@rctcbc.gov.uk or call 07747 485 619 (Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm). 

Posted on Monday 28th October 2019