Sutton Bridge Wood a place for fun and reflection

At the official opening of the community wood are, centre front, Sutton Bridge members of Wisbech Sea Cadets with Rev David Oxtoby, Chris Brewis, Bett Ling and Chris Brandon-King.
At the official opening of the community wood are, centre front, Sutton Bridge members of Wisbech Sea Cadets with Rev David Oxtoby, Chris Brewis, Bett Ling and Chris Brandon-King.

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 us of the sacrifices by our armed forces past, and even at the current time.

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

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

Chris Brandon-King (honarary 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 our service men and women whose sacrifices help keep us safe.

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

All present then went to The Curlew Centre to warm up with hot drinks and cakes.