A rare and symbolic ‘Peace Rose’ was planted at Ayscoughfee Hall and Gardens in Spalding this week, as part of the commemoration of the centenary of the end of World War One and to mark World Peace Day every year.
The planting, organised by The Spalding Inner Wheel Club in conjunction with Ayscoughfee, saw Club President Carole Cooke and Head Gardner of the grounds Dan Cooper plant the special Peace Rose, which was created in France on the cusp of World War Two in 1939.
It is situated near the bowling green entrance directly opposite the historic Lutyens World War One Memorial. It is currently overseen by a life-size Tommy silhouette erected in the grounds throughout the period around Armistice Day, who will be moving to the war memorial ahead of the service on November 11.
The event was organised after the fundraising social group Inner Wheel Club contacted Ayscoughfee to see if they would be interested in housing the rose. As a heritage site which attracts visitors from across the country, with a Grade 1 Listed war memorial, it was deemed a fitting venue for the commemorative planting, and to be the ‘right place for the right rose’.
Ayscoughfee Gardens are free to enter and are open Monday to Saturday from 8am until dusk and on Sundays from 10am until dusk. The Hall and Museum is also free and open to the public Wednesday to Sunday plus Bank Holidays – from 10.30am to 4pm. You can find out more at www.sholland.gov.uk/
Along with other Remembrance events across the district over the weekend, there will be the traditional parade in Spalding leaving the Market Place at around 10.15am and moving to Ayscoughfee Gardens, where a service and wreath laying will take place. The parade will then return to the Market Place after which councillors, veterans and other invited individuals will head to SHDC’s Priory Road office for refreshments.
When the parade returns to the Market Place the historic 23 bells of the Spalding Carillon, inscribed with memorial messages to casualties from the war and chosen to represent all of Spalding’s war dead, will be played from the South Holland Centre.