South Witham war memorial will benefit from a grant of £2,490 from the Grants for War Memorials scheme which is jointly funded by English Heritage and The Wolfson Foundation for the repair and conservation of freestanding war memorials in England. This scheme is administered by the War Memorials Trust.
The money will enable us to carry out full restorative cleaning of the memorial which will remove the biological growths and generally clean the memorial, removing the carbon and lime scale deposits. There are a number of damaged and perished areas of the stone that require specialist stone repair work, notably the top part of the cross which has previously been repaired.
This repair is now crumbling and beginning to fail. This can be repaired to a large extent, however it should be noted these repairs will not be invisible. The money will also allow for extensive repairs to the stonework where it has begun to crumble and fail.
Should the failing pointing not be addressed in the short-term, then this will lead to a rapid deterioration of the memorial and masonry generally allowing water penetration which can lead also to frost damage, as well as allowing vegetation to begin growing within the missing mortar areas
Those involved in the project are Fran Parish, Chair of the Parish Council, Claire van Straubenzee, Parish Council War Memorial Liaison, Mark Ramage, South Witham Memorial Co-ordinator, Peter Ball from the SWAG team and finally Phillip Blythe of the War Memorial Restoration Co.
A spokesman for the South Witham Parish Council said, ‘…..“South Witham Parish Council is delighted to announce the successful bid for grant funding for the restoration of the village war memorial. It is totally fitting that we remember and honour the fallen from WW1 and keep that memory alive with a restored memorial.
The grant only covers 75% of the costs and there is a shortfall of £830, which is equivalent to £1.00 per household. At present the PC Acct holds £230 towards the restoration. £100 and £130 has been raised by the SW Community Group and SWAG respectively.
There are plans to hold quizzes at the Angel Inn during the year and the counter-top bottle in the village shop on Water Lane is currently collecting towards the fund. In addition, if any one has ideas for fund raising events please contact Mark Ramage whose contact details you will find below. Individual donations can be made by cheque or in cash and placed in the post box of Claire van Straubenzee, Tanyard House, 13, Church Lane.
Any additional monies raised will be used to fund the shortfall and to enable regular maintenance of the war memorial in the future”.
" We will remember them."
"These memorials are a silent and beautiful witness to lives tragically lost in conflict. It is of great importance that they are maintained in excellent condition, and not least during this anniversary year. The Wolfson Foundation is pleased to be funding this programme of conservation work alongside English Heritage and War Memorials Trust."
Paul Ramsbottom, Chief Executive, The Wolfson Foundation
War memorials are a precious and poignant part of our heritage. They are found everywhere, and link the tragic impact of world-wide conflicts with local communities across the land. English Heritage is committed to helping local communities to cherish and protect their memorials. We are delighted to be able to support this project in partnership with The Wolfson Foundation and War Memorials Trust.”
Roger Bowdler, Designation Director, English Heritage
"War memorials are a tangible connection to our shared past creating a link between the fallen and today. It is vital we ensure all our war memorials are in the best possible condition for their age and the charity is delighted to work with English Heritage and The Wolfson Foundation to help local communities across England protect and conserve their war memorials."
Frances Moreton, Director, War Memorials Trust
If you require further information on the Grants for War Memorials scheme then please contact War Memorials Trust on 0300 123 0764, 07586 920 153 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
South Witham Community Website wold like to thank Mark Ramage for permission reproduce the images used in this article.