Housebuilder’s cash boost helps group to fund commemorative bench

By Jamie Hill - 17 February 2021

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A group in Wroughton has been able to purchase a new bench for a community garden, thanks to a local housebuilder.

  • Beverley Margerison, vice chair of Vision 4 Wroughton, with the new Spitfire bench in Willow-Brook Gardens

    Beverley Margerison, vice chair of Vision 4 Wroughton, with the new Spitfire bench in Willow-Brook Gardens

Developer Bellway, which is building 103 new homes off Marlborough Road in the village, donated £500 to Vision 4 Wroughton, a residential group set up to organise events and maintain Willow-brook Gardens, next to Ellendune Community Centre.

Members of the group had been fundraising in the community to purchase a new bench in the design of a Spitfire aircraft for the communal garden.

The bench was installed to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain in 2020.

Beverley Margerison, vice chair of Vision 4 Wroughton, said: “The benches in Willow-Brook Gardens have been there for about seven years, but one of them was starting to show serious signs of wear.

“Rather than refurbishing it, we were offered the chance to purchase a new Spitfire bench in time to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

“Owing to the generosity of local businesses and people, we were able to fund an entirely new bench, as well as replace the bases on the existing benches.

“We are really grateful for the donations we have received and want to thank Bellway for their extremely kind contribution of £500.

“We hope that this will serve as a space for local people to remember those who sacrificed their lives during the war.”

Christel Hawkins, Sales Manager for Bellway South West, said: “When we heard that Vision 4 Wroughton was raising money for the benches in Willow-brook Gardens, we knew we wanted to contribute.

“This new bench will help to pay tribute to the memory of those who fought in the war and will hopefully become a popular meeting point for local people to stop and reflect at in the new year.”

A range of three and four-bedroom homes are being build at Bellway’s Ridgeway Park development, off Marlborough Road in Wroughton.

More information can be found at bellway.co.uk or by calling the sales team on 01793 352642.

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