Ashford Baby Memorial Garden
As well as being a special focal point for us, we also use the Garden for our annual Wave of Light event (always on 15 October from 7-8pm) and our annual Teddy Bears Picnic in July. Everyone is welcome to join us for these events.
The centrepiece of the garden is our mosaic created by local people which is surrounded by name stones, each remembering one of our babies. We have now created an additional vertical panel for future name tiles and these continue to be available at a one off cost of £40 and all together we have over 250 name stones and name tiles, each one remembering one of our very special babies. Please click the link below to the order form.
We are happy to take orders for nametiles with payment in installments or at a later date.
We want to keep the tiles as simple as possible, so only the Baby’s name and a date can be engraved. We are limited to 20 character spaces for the name and where a name was not given, an option is to have ‘Baby Surname’. We can accommodate only one date but it is up to you which date you choose.Feel free to call us on 01233 643 976 if you would like to discuss options or have any queries. To order a nametile, please click the link below to download a copy of our Name Tile flyer and our Name Tile order form. Alternatively, please email the details to us using our 'contact us' page. But please remember the limit on the number of characters! If you would like to pay on line for a name tile, please use the following details - Account Name SANDS - EAST KENT Sort code 30-90-69 Account number 36492560.
Teddy Bear's Picnic Sunday 7 July 2019
The cut-off dates for us to receive orders are the 15th of February, May, August and November each year so please order in plenty of time.
Wave of Light
Each year, on 15 October, across the world people light a candle for one hour - from 7pm to 8pm - to remember our special babies and with the different time zones this creates a 'wave of light' around the world. We take part in the Wave of Light with a special event at the Ashford Baby Memorial Garden where over 200 people get together to remember their babies and to show that none of us are alone. The evening consists of some lovely poems and readings, some gentle music and, most poignantly, reading out the names of nearly 300 babies, each and every one so special. Some photos are on the photos page and further information will be available nearer the time but meanwhile please look at the Wave of Light flier and at the Wave of Light programme for 2017.
Other local Gardens
Although ours is unique in many ways, there are also a number of other baby gardens elsewhere in Kent. Those we are aware of are the Making Miracles garden in Rochester, the Devlins Babies Garden in Folkestone, and the Tunbridge Wells Sands garden in the Tunbridge Wells Crematorium. Many, but not all, crematorium also have special baby areas. Please contact them direct for further information.
Creating the Ashford Baby Memorial Garden
For anyone interested in how we set up the garden, perhaps groups planning something similar elsewhere, we have produced a report on how we created the Ashford Baby Memorial Garden which may be of interest. We are also intrerested in having a number of name tile areas in other lpocations around East Kent. We are already in toch with the West Faversham Community Centre and are planning a baby area within their garden and would like to talk to other organisations about doing something similar in their areas. Ideally we'd like name tile areas in New Romney, Folkestone, Dover, Deal, Sandwich, Margate, Whitstable Sittingbourne and Sheerness, so if you are involved in a community space within any of those areas, please get in touch!