Despite the inclement weather, Year 6, Aldington Primary School, visited the Aldington, Bonnington and Hurst War Memorial on Wednesday, where, with social distancing observed, Judy Older and Margaret Gibbs from the Gardening Society supervised the planting of crocus bulbs in the Memorial Garden lawn. The Class have been learning about the 2nd World War in school. Cllr. Linda Harman welcomed Year 6 to the Memorial and talked about the 49 military personnel and one civilian that are commemorated on the Memorial, highlighting that many had once been pupils at Aldington School themselves and had lived in and around Aldington and Bonnington. The construction of the Memorial was also discussed along with the local stone from which it is made. Cllr. Harman said that she hoped that, in years to come, the class would look out for the crocus and remember not only the visit but the reason why the Aldington, Bonnington & Hurst Memorial was there.
Teacher Sam Clarke brought Year 6 to the Memorial from school. Head teacher, Mrs MacCourt, commented that the visit added a very local perspective to the class’s learning this term. Cllr. Ray Boulding said “We are planting memories.”