Children plant a lasting memorial in Cawston

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The oldest 11 pupils at Cawston Grange Primary School have planted the first trees of a new arboretum for the parish, intended to become a memorial garden.

The trees, in an area off Cawston Grange Drive, were planted at a ceremony attended by dignitaries from Rugby Borough Council and Cawston Parish Council, who both supported the project, alongside veterans from the Royal British Legion and pupils from the school. The ceremony was overseen by Alan Stapleton, a pastor at Bilton Evangelical Church.

Pupils from the school had been working with the Rugby Local History Group and Rugby Art Gallery and Museum to research World War One soldiers who are commemorated on Rugby’s war memorials. The planting ceremony was accompanied by poignant narratives of how 11 of these Rugbeians lost their lives in the service of their country.

More information on the arboretum and Rugby Art Gallery and Museum’s “Fall-in” project, which was part-funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, can be found at