Firs Field in Combe Down, Bath, is set to become an official Centenary Field, marking a hundred years since the First World War.
At a meeting of Bath and North East Somerset Council last Thursday, 10th September, Councillors voted to approve the proposed designation of First Field as a Centenary Park, subject to final discussions with the Charities Commission.
The designation of Firs Field as a Centenary Field forms part of a national programme run by the Fields in Trust organisation which aims to protect and preserve parks, fields and green spaces throughout the country that contain war memorials or hold other significance to World War I.
The proposals, put together by the Friends of Firs Field and Bath and North East Somerset Council, mean that the fields will be protected in perpetuity through a legal deed of dedication between the Council and Fields in Trust.
The proposals have been welcomed by Combe Down Councillor Bob Goodman (Cons), who seconded the proposals at the Council meeting. Cllr Goodman said:
“Designating Firs Field as an official Centenary Field is a fitting tribute to all those who fought for our country in the first world war, many of whom lost their lives in service to the nation and future generations. There are strong historic connections between Combe Down and the first world war. A memorial to those who died was erected in Firs Field after the war and Harry Patch himself grew up locally.”
Councillor Goodman added:
“By entering into this agreement it will also mean that these fields are protected in perpetuity for future generations to enjoy. I therefore welcome these proposals and I’m delighted that got unanimous support on the Council. I’d also like to thank the work put in by the Friends of Firs Field in helping put these proposals together.”