A dedication ceremony is to be held 11am Saturday 22nd April 2023 at the Cranleigh Centenary Garden in honour of Ukrainian soldiers connected to our community who have died in combat.  Unsure where the Centenary Garden is? Walk away from Cranleigh High Street towards Leisure centre, wind around the footpaths to Snoxhall fields, playpark, pavilion, and look to the left – you’ll see a wonderful stand of silver birch trees and plenty more to explore.

The first casualty was Dmytro Viktorovych Dubenchak, whose sister Dariia, husband and son are among the 140 Ukrainians who live in Cranleigh. He died in action on 29th October 2022. He was 38 years old.

A steel sunflower created by the Cranleigh Lions, will be planted amongst the 415 steel poppies that commemorate those from Cranleigh and the surrounding villages of Ewhurst, Shamley Green, Blackheath, Wonersh and Dunsfold, who also lost their lives in conflict over the last 100 years, fighting for freedom and democracy.

Collecting local stories of conflict before they fade:

Thanks if you can!

Brian Freestone