A substantial legacy left to the force last year is being used to fund the re-location of the force memorial garden.
Early in 2015 we learned from solicitors acting for the estate of local resident Val Hills that she had left what amounted to about £98,000 to the force.
Val and her husband Bill were great friends of the force so Chief Constable Neil Rhodes and a small group deliberated long and hard on how the legacy could be used and provide a lasting memory of a couple who obviously held Lincolnshire Police in high regard.
“Above all I did not want that substantial amount disappearing without trace, it deserved to provide a permanent reminder of the high regard Val and her husband Burt held for us and the work we do,” said Chief Constable Neil Rhodes.
“We decided it would be appropriate to use the money to fund the relocation of the force memorial garden."
Currently located in a small area between two basement sections of the building it is being moved and re-built in the grounds to the front of headquarters which will open up access and provide car parking to those who want to visit and remember their relatives who died whilst serving Lincolnshire Police.
Parkwood Consultancy Services won the tender to provide the new memorial garden and central to their design will be pillars representing Sir Robert Peel’s 9 Pillars of Policing. Each of his nine written statements have been simplified down to one word:
These will be placed on the inside surface of the nine walls.
The names of members of the force who have died whilst in service will form a focus at the new site as will a plaque recognising the generosity of the donors.
The central structure is being designed by Durham scupltor Graeme Hopper.
On 18 January 2017, a ceremony was conducted to officially open the memorial garden.
The Bishop of Lincoln the Rt Revd Christopher Lowson blessed the garden and addressed an audience of relatives and friends of those who died in service.
Lord Lieutenant for Lincolnshire Tony Dennis cut the ribbon with Chief Constable Neil Rhodes to officially open the garden.
Scroll through the picture gallery below to see photos from the ceremony.
The nine sheltering walls represent the nine pillars of policing as written by Sir Robert Peel
Official opening: Bishop of Lincoln the Rt Revd Christopher Lowson
The Bishop blessed the garden and address an audience of relatives and friends
Official opening: Memorial plaque
The plaque remembers those who died in service for Lincolnshire Police
Chief Constable Neil Rhodes talks about the new Memorial Garden at Force HQ
Opening of HQ Memorial Garden
Chief Constable Neil Rhodes has performed one of his last official duties before he retires by opening the Memorial Garden at Force HQ
07 Mar 17 2:43 PM