On Tuesday 5h August 2014 around 50 guests and residents from the Lancaster Grange care home on the Fernwood Park Estate at Balderton, near Newark came together to celebrate the dedication of a new memorial in honour of all the personnel that served at Balderton airfield.
The new memorial is a water feature in the shape of a stainless steel obelisk and is accompanied by a separate commemorative plaque. These memorials have been located in the grounds of the care home, which itself is located on part of the former RAF Balderton airfield site in eastern Nottinghamshire.
Funding for the memorial was provided by Barchester Healthcare, the owner of Lancaster Grange care home, which itself was named after the aircraft that used to fly from the site towards the end of World War II. Students from a nearby college fabricated the main water feature as part of their course and they also advised on its installation.
A guard of honour was provided by standard bearers from local armed forces associations and by members of the Balderton Branch of the Royal Air Force Association; who also helped co-ordinate the commemorative events at Lancaster Grange.
After the service of dedication the gathered guests were served refreshments in Lancaster Grange, which was also celebrating the first anniversary of being open to residents. This anniversary was marked by the cutting of a celebration cake that featured an airfield runway and was decorated with poppies and a model of a Lancaster. Unfortunately the flypast by the Lancaster from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight was cancelled due to the adverse weather conditions.
Visits can be arranged to see the new memorial at Lancaster Grange, but bookings need to be made by telephoning the care home in advance. Lancaster Grange also proudly displays a weather vane in the shape of a Lancaster bomber.
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