In Reply to: Royal Sussex Memorial posted by Tony T on Tue, Mar 15 2022 at 06:29 AM CDT:
I donít think the garden at Herstmonceux can be classed an Official Royal Sussex site, we donít own the site or have unrestricted access to it, we have to liaise with the university before we can arrange any functions at the garden as they have quite a few periods when the site is closed, Canada Day, and Graduation days and any time they have a large function when it can be closed for a week at a time. They also very clear on the size and placing of the plaques at the garden in that they must all be of the same size and make.
I am not sure how big people think the site is, at the most its only about 8 square meters.
The garden was paid for and constructed by all member of the Eastbourne Branch this including a number who were never in the Regiment, the branch member also carries out any repairs needed and are also paid for by the branch.
There are however two Official Royal Sussex Regiment sites in Eastbourne the Nelson Carter VC and the PINWE memorials both of which are in the pavilion gardens on the seafront (opposite the Langham Hotel) which are open to all.
Just to clarify a couple of points there is not a plaque to Rod Arnold and Mike Constantine did a officiate at the dedication of the garden but the tree was donated by a relative.
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