Wokingham Borough Council’s plans to install a memorial stone in Arborfield, dedicated to the brave members of the Arborfield Royal Observer Corps, took a major step forward this week as the stone was sourced.
The 2.6 tonne grit stone boulder, which will be engraved by a stone mason, will become a permanent memorial for local volunteers to honour the efforts they made during the Second World War.
The council has been working closely with the Arborfield Local History Society on their fitting tribute to mark the site, near Arborfield Cross Relief Road, which was first used as an above-ground observation post from 1936, and then as a Underground Monitoring Post (UGMP) from 1961 until closure in 1968.
Diana Thorne, a retired teacher and an active member of the Arborfield Local History Society, commented: “We are keen to honour the local men who were volunteer members of the Arborfield Royal Observer Corps.”
Mrs Thorne, who has lived in Arborfield for 30 years, has received full support on her proposal from the Royal Observer Corps (ROC) Heritage Group as well as from the Arborfield and Newland Parish Council
“We are delighted to have had the opportunity to work with the Arborfield Local History Society to pay tribute to the brave volunteers of the Royal Observer Corps based in Arborfield”, said Cllr Pauline Jorgensen, executive member for highways and transport.
This news comes after the council announced last week their next step in the fight against congestion as construction work on Arborfield Cross Relief Road (ACRR) will begin this summer
The new 2.3km relief road, which is due to open Summer 2020, will reduce congestion, boost employment and create opportunities for more sustainable travel, providing traffic relief in Arborfield and Arborfield Cross and the surrounding rural lanes.