The Windlesham Field of Remembrance formed part of the estate of Admiral Cochrane of Windlesham House (now demolished).
The grounds of the house extended right through to Westwood Road. Admiral Cochrane sold the 10-acre field to the Trustees in 1950, for the sum of £2750.
The money was raised by public subscription and donations from the people of Windlesham and generous benefactors. It was dedicated as a memorial to the Windlesham dead of the two World Wars.
The trustees are responsible for maintaining the Field and the funds for this come from an annual house-to-house collection, a grant from Windlesham Parish Council and rents and subscriptions from users.
A handyman is employed to carry out day-to-day maintenance. The Trustees have had occasional working parties to do extra jobs and contractors are employed to cut the grass and hedges and empty the dog bins.
Many local football and cricket teams use the playing fields. The Boy’s Football club has over 150 members with ages ranging from 5 to 17 years.
They play in local leagues and have had much success. The Senior Football team also uses the Field regularly through the season and in the summer there is a cricket fixture on most Sundays. The Windle Valley Runners start their races on the Field and the Windlesham Village annual Fete is held each June.
In 1987 a further 8½ acres were purchased from The Admiral Cochrane Trust and this woodland area is known as “Admiral’s Field”. The pond in this area has been cleared of weeds and cleaned and ducks are frequently seen there.
The woods are home to a large variety of birds and other wildlife. A few years ago an official from the Forestry Commission was invited to give us some guidance on the woodland area and we were delighted that in his opinion the woodland was well maintained and we had an excellent selection of natural trees.
Probably the people who walk their dogs are the most frequent and regular users. With the installation of dog bins the Trustees are always seeking to keep the Field clean for all who use it.
The Play Area Task Force has done a magnificent job raising funds and awareness to provide a fantastic new play area for local children to enjoy. This revitalization of the play equipment and safety surface, which was complete in November 2007, will no doubt encourage even more families to bring a picnic and spend the whole afternoon enjoying the facilities of the Field.