National Memorial Arboretum

  1. Sir Michael Parkinson endorses scheme for miners' memorial

    Broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson has endorsed a project to install a national memorial paying tribute to miners.

    Sir Michael Parkinson

    Chase Arts for Public Spaces (Chaps), which has been raising money for the monument at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, said it had raised more than £92,000 towards a target of £100,000 and felt "confident" financial support would continue to reach the total.

    Sir Michael said he was "delighted to support this long-overdue and worthy tribute" to miners who played "such a significant part in an industry that transformed the world we live in".

    He added people should "all be grateful" miners like his father "did that dirty and dangerous job so that the rest of us could go about our everyday lives in a manner to which we were accustomed".

    Work by artist Andy De Comyn was well under way and a date for work to begin on site at the start of April was on schedule as originally planned, Chaps said.

  2. New station plans for arboretum

    A railway station serving the National Memorial Arboretum could be operating in the near future.

    The station will be situated close to the signal box at Alrewas, Staffordshire, on the Burton upon Trent to Lichfield line.

    West Midlands Rail Executive boss Malcolm Holmes, arboretum chief executive Philippa Rawlinson and Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant.

    A shuttle will then used for passengers unable to walk the short distance to the arboretum - which cannot currently be reached by public transport.

    The new station would be the first step in a plan to reopen the railway line to passenger trains.

    The plans were discussed yesterday by West Midlands Rail Executive boss Malcolm Holmes, arboretum chief executive Philippa Rawlinson and Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant.

  3. Fundraising for miners' memorial reaches £80k

    A campaign to get a national memorial paying tribute to miners is "well on the way" to its target, supporters say.

    An artist's impression shows how the memorial may look

    Chase Arts for Public Spaces (Chaps) began fundraising after being given permission to build the monument at the National Memorial Arboretum last year.

    The group says it needs to raise £100,000 and from having £20,000 in July, the fund now stand at £80,000, including a £20,000 donation from the National Union of Mineworkers.

    Sponsors have also been found for 20 of the 22 plaques in the memorial's design.

    Chaps hopes the National Miners' Memorial will be unveiled next June or July at the Alrewas site.

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    Video caption: VJ Day: Charles leads tributes on 75th anniversary

    The Prince of Wales and others attended a service of remembrance at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

  5. National Memorial Arboretum reopens to visitors

    BBC Midlands Today

    Visitors are being allowed back at the National Memorial Arboretum today but only if they pre-book and get a ticket.

    National Memorial Arboretum

    The site at Alrewas, Staffordshire, has been closed since the start of the pandemic but now a limited number of people are being allowed in.

    Officials say bookings must be made online with tickets released each Friday and only the grounds will be open with buildings like the shop and restaurant remaining shut.

    Queuing systems will be in place through the arboretum with one-way pathways directing visitors through the Remembrance Centre and Heroes' Square.

  6. Wreath laid at National Memorial Arboretum

    National Memorial Arboretum

    A wreath has been laid at the Armed Forces Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum.

    The anniversary of VE Day was marked at the arboretum at Alrewas, in Staffordshire, with staff observing the two-minute silence at 11:00 BST.

    The arboretum is currently closed to visitors due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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    Video caption: VE Day: The experience of a Caribbean WW2 RAF veteran

    Albert Jarrett was among some 10,000 West Indians who crossed the Atlantic to join the war effort.

  8. Coronavirus memorial proposed for essential workers

    BBC Radio Stoke

    A memorial could be placed at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire in memory of the essential workers who have died from Covid-19.

    National Memorial Arboretum

    In the House of Commons, Health Secretary Matt Hancock was asked by former minister Heather Wheeler if he would support her campaign for a memorial at the Alrewas site.

    Mr Hancock said he'd be happy to look at the idea: "It is important as a nation we remember and we commemorate the sacrifice of those who have lost their lives while serving on the front line of this war."

    More than 100 NHS staff and other healthcare workers have died with coronavirus since the outbreak began.

  9. Yard launches plan for national 'silent service' memorial

    Schoolchildren in Barrow are being asked to help to design a national memorial for the submarine service of the Royal Navy.

    HMS Resolution

    The town's shipyard, now part of BAE Systems, has built more than 300 submarines for the navy since the beginning of last century and is playing a major part in the project.

    The memorial will be dedicated to submariners at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, by Prince William next year.

  10. Armistice Day marked at National Memorial Arboretum

    The National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire is at the centre of Armistice Day commemorations this morning.

    The annual service in Alrewas will be attended by the Duke of Kent, as well as veterans and lead figures from politics.

    National Memorial Arboretum

    Today marks exactly 100 years since the first Armistice Day silence was observed, on 11 November 1919.

    The Royal British Legion's annual Field of Remembrance opened at the National Memorial Arboretum last week

    The tribute honours those who have died in conflict and will remain open to visitors until 17 November.


    Other events taking place across the region include a ceremony at Birmingham's Centenary Square and the annual parade and service in Bedworth.

    They follow Remembrance Sunday events yesterday.

  11. Field of Remembrance opens in Staffordshire

    Giles Latcham

    BBC Midlands Today

    The Royal British Legion's Field of Remembrance has officially opened at the National Memorial Arboretum today.

    Some of the thousands of poppies

    The RBL says it's made up of about 10,000 individual tributes from members of the public, written on wooden crosses.

    The display will be open to visitors until 17 November.