Shropshire Council

Memorial consultation

In 2015 we offered to provide a local memorial to the parent group ‘Action for Ashes’ to remember all of the infants who were cremated at Emstrey, and particularly those for whom very regrettably ashes were not recovered.

We were approached late in 2017 by some parents from Action for Ashes and held discussions with them to discuss the possibility of the council funding an appropriate memorial.  

During 2018 we consulted with parents on a proposed design for the memorial and parents gave their views. The comments we received formed the brief we gave to the artist sculptor chosen by parents to create the memorial, Lottie O’Leary. Lottie has now provided a model design which has been approved by Shropshire Council and Shrewsbury Town Council, who own and manage the Dingle, Quarry Park. The Dingle is the location parents chose as the memorial's location.

The memorial as proposed will show more detail than is shown on the model due to the model's small size. The memorial as proposed will be carved from Portland stone standing on a Herefordshire-sourced sandstone base, and will incorporate a layer of Welsh slate between the sculpted top part and the stone plinth. The memorial will be approximately eight feet in total height, and will appear approximately six feet tall when viewed because the memorial base will sit beneath the level of the footpath in that area of the Dingle.

On this webpage are a number of attachments which provide you with all of the available details about the memorial, including photos of the model, an artist’s impression and scene model, an example inscription, an example of the proposed inscription style of lettering and plan of the location.

Have your say

We wish to ensure that parents are happy with or have no objection to the proposed design of the memorial, and as such now wish to invite the views of parents before proceeding to place an order for the memorial.

Please let us know if:

1/ You're happy with the design as proposed, or you have no objection to the design                    

2/ You do you have an objection to the proposed design

Also, we would like to hear from you if:

1/ You have a suggestion(s) for a name or title for the memorial

2/ You have a suggestion(s) for a form of words for the memorial inscription

To let us know your comments about the memorial design please either email: 

or write to;

Memorial Consultation, Bereavement Services, Shropshire Council, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ND. 

Please share your comments by Friday 17 May 2019.

Thank you for taking the time to share your views.

Further details of the outcome of the consultation and the next steps will be communicated, either in writing to parents or here in this area of the council’s website.

Shropshire Council reserves the right to amend the design as may be necessary for operational, practical reasons and or to facilitate the installation of the memorial.