13th Mar 2017
A chilly February morning saw the installation of an information plaque detailing the philosophy and spirit behind the Thame Youth Memorial. The memorial garden was built at the top of Thame Town Centre back in 2013, as a space where young people, taken prematurely from our world, can be remembered by friends and loved ones. The Thame Memorial was build by a team of local individuals and enterprises, including StuartBarr CDR. The area offers a serene but accessible place to sit, think and to share thoughts and memories.
BarrJoinery designed, built and installed a hardwood structure, which houses the information plaque.’ Iroko’, an external hardwood, with naturally high oil content, was used for manufacture of the stand, due to its hardwearing properties. “Iroko can tolerate the elements without any treatment or upkeep, naturally greying and lasting the years” says Barr Joiner, Nathan McPhail. The stand was designed to compliment the existing curved benches. The rounded carved post heads match the finish to the benches and the structure itself sits below the wall height, in proportion with the rest of the space. The stand has built in drainage, in the form of a rebate within the frame, again to increase its longevity.
“We owe, yet again, many thanks to a number of local businesses that came together to completely cover ALL the costs to make this happen.” Says Peter Butt of The Thame Memorial Trust.
The original garden design includes soft and hard landscaping around a water feature, with a white marble sculpture (of three figures embracing) at one end and the circular benches at the other. Set into the hard landscaping is a black granite ribbon wrapping around the pool and statue in a figure of eight or infinity shape. Along the ribbon will be engraved the names of those persons who their families wish to be commemorated.
Josh Hudson, BarrJoinery Director says “BarrJoinery are honored to have been able to assist Thame Memorial Trust in their efforts to update the memorial and to provide visitors information on its background and the noble objectives behind it.”
The trustees would also like to thank: Blanchfords of Princes Risborough donated the ground spikes for the posts and Helpful Hirings loaned the post installation tool. The Adroit Services Partnership provided the sign (designed by Kristian Winslade) and plaque and as always, Pentangle ltd provide us with free website hosting and development support. “All of these businesses expressed their pleasure at having been able to support this community space, as Trustees we are extremely grateful - this means that existing funds are able to continue to cover the costs of engraving memorials to those we lose too young.”