Godalming’s Memorial Park scene of violent assault.

Despite Godalming Town Council’s efforts to stop anti-social behaviour, a public park was the scene of a violent assault over the Bank Holiday weekend.   

Just a few weeks ago, here at the Waverley Web, we reported this incident. During which a toddler picked up a bag of drugs.

Bag of drugs found in Godalming park by a toddler!

Phillips Memorial Park is normally home to dog walkers, parents with pushchairs, youngsters playing and fitness fanatics. It also hosts classical music concerts in the bandstand over a normal summer.

So a violent assault shocked people living nearby and Godalming residents when the park they use was the scene of an assault during which a man was punched and kicked, receiving a rib fracture, and was taken to hospital.

Officers were called to the Phillips Memorial Park in Godalming at around 1.40 am on Saturday (August 28) following reports that a man had been assaulted.

At around 10.30 pm on Friday (August 27), a group of people arrived at the Phillips Memorial Cloister, where they were seen drinking and playing music, police say.

Wouldn’t Jack Phillips be turning in his watery grave if he knew that toddlers were picking up drugs next to the kiddies swings – where it could have killed or seriously injured a child! And, where fights break out!

In the Memorial Garden dedicated to a hero of the Titanic!

Jack Phillips, the Godalming wireless operator who died at his post, sent SOS signals on that fateful night of 14 April 1912 when The Titanic sank in the fateful collision with an iceberg. 

The Jack Phillips Memorial Cloister garden designed by Gertrude Jekyll, with its magnificent brick cloister 80 feet square designed by Hugh Thackeray Turner, was laid out, built, and opened exactly two years to the day after the sinking of the Titanic. The memorial is situated between the River Wey and Godalming Parish Church. 


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