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Weʼre raising £3,000 to Arlesey Remembers You to enable a memorial copse for all to enjoy.

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Arlesey, a small village in Bedfordshire launched an ambitious project to commemorate the centenary of WW1 by laying a poppy cross on the grave of every serviceman listed on the village war memorial in 2014. We were incredibly successful over 300 community members got involved visiting 87 graves spanning 7 countries we even created a full length documentary of our project which was broadcast on TV.

Inspired by the Woodland Trust we promised to create and plant a memorial copse as a lasting legacy of the project. The copse will provide a sanctuary of remembrance, contemplation and hopefully will smarten up a bit of the village that is currently a wasteland. The town council has given us some funding to start the project. We have the trees, and a design, we also have appointed Amenity Trees to do the work and the town council will maintain the copse - however if we are to realise our original plan of including a monolith with some inscriptions from the letters the soldiers sent home and to have some seating - we need a little bit more. The Copse will open in November (hopefully) in time for Remembrance Sunday and already Gothic Mede has committed to involvement with its opening and I'm hopeful further community groups will get involved too.

Please give even a small amount and share the page with your friends,family and other Arlesey residents.

Thank you for your continued support and lets finish this project in style with a legacy that future generations can enjoy too!

Jodie and the Arlesey Remembers You Team.

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  • Jodie Chillery5 days ago
    Jodie Chillery

    Jodie Chillery

    5 days ago

    Its all go at ARY HQ today, landscaping work on the memorial copse has begun this week and thanks to your generous donations we've been able to appoint a local craftsman to produce 2 bespoke memorial benches in time for the opening at the end of November. The third bench and the monolith still require a bit more funding, but I'm so pleased its all happening now! Follow the facebook page for updates on the small opening event which will happen at the end of November. Thank you. Jodie

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  • Jodie Chillery4 months ago
    Jodie Chillery

    Jodie Chillery

    4 months ago

    Trees are home to more wildlife than any other landscape. Hedgerows, copses, woods, and parkland have a unique character, biodiversity & ecosystem. Together they make up vital habitat helping species to survive and thrive. So our new memorial copse will be a great place for the community to enjoy and to honour the memory of those lost in WW1, we'll be encouraging Arlesey biodiversity and creating wildlife habitat. Thank you for your donations so far please share the link with your friends and lets see if we can get a few more today. : )

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Page last updated on: 10/10/2018 12:12 PM



  • John Rainbow

    John Rainbow

    Sep 20, 2018

    In memory of my grandfather, Horace Rainbow.


  • Penny


    Sep 18, 2018

    Good work Jodie, keeping the memory of what these soldiers did for us is brilliant.


  • Neil Cole

    Neil Cole

    Aug 17, 2018


  • Jim and Helen Randall

    Jim and Helen Randall

    Jul 16, 2018


  • Richard Brabrook

    Richard Brabrook

    Jun 23, 2018


  • Colin Albon

    Colin Albon

    Jun 23, 2018

    In memory of my Uncle Henry Charles Gudgeon who was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme 1st July 1916.


  • Tanya Clark

    Tanya Clark

    Jun 22, 2018

    A great cause to remember those who gave their lives.


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Jodie Chillery

Jodie Chillery

Arlesey, UK

I'm one small part of the Arlesey Remembers You project. I documented the commemoration of the beginning of the centenary producing a film about the volunteers. Now in its closing stages I'm hoping the project can mark the end of the centenary with a memorial copse.

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