Following the recent closure of Aberbargoed Hospital, Caerphilly County Borough Council successfully negotiated the transfer of the War Memorial to within its ownership. The upgrade works have, in part, been made possible through community investment monies from a recently awarded council contract.
In partnership with the council, Seddon Property Services, along with a number of other community-based partners have been upgrading the Memorial’s landmark gates and plaques, installing flagpoles, constructing a new wall and flowerbed and cleaning the surrounding walls and pathways.
The work is being managed by Seddon who are working in partnership with the Royal British Legion; Caerphilly County Borough Council and local schools, Aberbargoed Primary School, Ysgol Bro Sannan and St Gwladys Primary School. Pupils from these three schools have helped plant the new garden of remembrance.
“As a company that does a lot of work in the area, helping out with community projects is very important to us. The Aberbargoed War Memorial is a key landmark in the heart of the town with huge significance because of what it represents,” says Seddon Property Services area manager Len Baldwin. “It’s been an honour for our team to help restore it and create the new garden of remembrance working with the council and the community. Getting the young people involved and helping them appreciate the significance of Remembrance Day and why we mark it has been a particularly rewarding aspect of the project.” As part of the Memorial restoration, Len has organised visits to the schools with local veterans.
Cllr Lyn Ackerman, Cabinet Member for Public Services at Caerphilly County Borough Council comments: “These improvement works will help ensure this key landmark is accessible to members of the community for many years to come.”