The History Bit!
In 1946 the Orpington Urban District Council, the British Legion, the local Churches and other notables set up a working party to ascertain the views of the community as how to commemorate the fallen of the Second World War.
One of these suggestions was the purchase of the Priory Gardens and to turn them into a Garden of Remembrance where people could reflect upon lost ones. There was to be a bandstand, rose gardens, etc.
The historical reasons for these gardens remained a mystery to the public for over 50 years until The Mayor, Councillor Sue Polydorou, unveiled a Blue Plaque on 11th November 1999, in the presence of a large number of guests from the Royal British Legion, Councillors and members of the public.
As the Mayor unveiled the Blue Plaque she said, "this last Armistice Day of this century was a fitting time to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms enjoyed by the current generations and those to follow in the 21st century. We shall be eternally grateful to those who took up arms to defend this country and this should never be forgotten".
The Mayor dedicated the Blue Plaque to the many citizens from the Orpington area who died or who were wounded together with their families whose pains of loss still lasts to this day.
The cache details
This is my first cache, so let me know how you get on. It can be found near the pond. Please be careful not to attract too much attention as this is a fairly busy area.
This area seems to be full of a variety of birds all year round.
UPDATE I have once again had to move this cache, and it is now a super-stealth hidden microcache. It is inside something else that won't be immediately obvious. I have therefore put the difficulty to 4. I would ask that you replace carefully, and the right way up to avoid water getting in.