Heanor - Back To The Park
w/e 01 September 2019
All of this week's pictures were
taken with a Kodak DX6490
It was 2006 when we first walked through the Memorial
Park at Heanor and two years later when we returned for another
visit. At the end of that second walk I commented that the visits
were in spring and summer so that left autumn and winter to do.
Since then we have passed the entrance gates many times (usually
in the car) but have now gone back for a third time and one or
two changes were apparent since those visits over a decade ago.
As September marks the start of the meteorological autumn I'm
of a mind to claim that these images also represent the third
season although I'm sure more autumnal colours will appear in
the near future.
Links to The
First Visit and The
The rockery near the gates though was not one of the changes
as it looks pretty much the same as we remembered it from those
The symmetrical flowerbeds also looked very similar and were
just as colourful.
We didn't remember from our previous visits this structure though
which will offer shelter in inclement weather and which, as a
band concert is being advertised on the adjacent notice board,
probably doubles as a bandstand.
The notice board also included an aid to identify various species
of butterfly plus the result of a competition in conjunction
with the Mundy C of E Junior School for children to design a
flowerbed. The winning design by Darcie from Mr Frost's Class
design was also featured.
And Darcie's design had been recreated in the circular bed near
the main entrance.
At the opposite end of the park with a nod towards feng shui
the circular flowerbed is balanced by a circular pond. I'm sure
on our first visit this pond had a more irregular shape.
Midway between the two circular features is another one on which
the War Memorial stands. This too has undergone some cosmetic
changes in recent years with flowerbeds being removed to be replaced
Another alteration from a dozen years ago is the Falklands Memorial
which has been removed from the circular bed near the entrance
to be incorporated into the main War Memorial.
Old park benches in the park made of wood and metal have also
been replaced by all metal seats including this special one overlooking
the War Memorial.
A plaque is incorporated into the seat commemorating the centenary
of the ending of the First World War. As it says it is a place
to reflect, remember and give thanks, a sentiment that applies
to the whole of the park.