To commemorate the Queen's Golden Jubilee two years ago, Whitchurch Town Council commissioned a memorial to go on top of the hill in the cemetary, next to All Hallows Church.
The carvings inside the memorial are by Steve Eggleton, the memorial designer and artist. They were unveiled by the Mayor of Whitchurch Cllr Barry Jackman and his wife Sandra, and the memorial was dedicated with a prayer from the Bishop of Basingstoke, Trevor Willmott.
Speaking during the service, Sir George said that it was good that new monuments of such high quality were being built in Whitchurch, and he paid tribute to the energy and vision of the town council in driving the project forward.
Extract from programme, written by the Mayor of Whitchurch
"An explanation of the memorial and its parts
On behalf of Whltchurch Town Council I would like to thank you for taking part in this historic occasion as we share to commemorate Queen Elizabeth 11 Golden Jubilee.
This memorial will serve as a reminder of the commitment of our Queen to serve others and to serve God.
The carved oak Jubilee Boss, the crown, reminds us of the Coronation and Golden Jubilee of our Queen.
The Town Emblem Boss reminds us of our town’s heritage.
The carved oak reliefs speak of the hope of the resurrection.
The cross on the top of the memorial speaks of the Lord's sacrifice.
The building is constructed with walls for the placing of memorial plaques to loved ones and are pointing North, South, East and West leading out across the whole world.
The seat in each alcove enables people to rest and reflect on life past, present and future, perhaps as they remember loved ones."