Severalls War Memorial group have set up a memorial tree, to remember loved ones all year round. Anyone can place a tag on the tree, with their thoughts and wishes, in memory of a loved one. Member of the group, John Davies said: “Remembering a loved one who is no longer with us, brings happiness in our sorrow, as they enter our thoughts again, especially at this time of the year.”

The Severalls War Memorial group, which consists of a small group of volunteers was set up, with permission from Crewkerne Town Council, to develop the Memorial Gardens for the community and help to facilitate the restoration of the Tommy and two pillars, which mark where an arch was originally going to be erected. In the It’s Your Neighbourhood section of last year’s RHS South West in Bloom competition, the memorial gardening group did exceptionally well and were awarded an Outstanding Level 5 Certificate. SWiB judges were particularly impressed with the community spirit at Severalls War Memorial Gardens, commenting: “It was wonderful to see all age groups working together in such a respectful way.”

The war memorial with its statue of the lone infantryman was erected in 1922 to commemorate the local servicemen who had lost their lives in the Armed Forces during WW1. The town will commemorate its centenary in 2022 and there is much work to be done before then, which includes general maintenance and upkeep and planting at the gardens. Anyone who would like more information on Severalls War Memorial group and would like to join the memorial gardening group, please contact John Davies by email,

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