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A FORMER mayor of KNUTSFORD in Cheshire, Cllr Vivien Davies, has been honoured with a lasting memorial in the form of an English oak tree. The tree was planted by her husband John and by the current mayor, Cllr Jan Nicholson. Cllr Davies, who passed away in 2015, was a town and borough councillor for many years and also chairman of Friends of the Moor, where the tree is located.

Cllr Nicholson said: “It was good to remember all the commitment Vivien had given to numerous organisations in Knutsford and the tree will be a lasting testament to this.”

Clerks & Councils Direct, May 2017

OSWESTRY Town Council in Shropshire and local community group Lights Out Trefonen have commissioned a statue of World War I poet Wilfred Owen, who was born near the town in 1893. The statue will stand near the memorial gates to Cae Glas Park and will be unveiled next year during a festival to mark Owen’s death and the end of the conflict in November 2018.

Clerks & Councils Direct, May 2017


HAGLEY Parish Council in Worcestershire has successfully applied to the Woodland Trust for a donation of 30 trees, including silver birch, rowan and wild cherry. It is hoped that two of the saplings can be planted at the War Memorial in time for Armistice Day, while others will form a memorial avenue at the parish cemetery in tribute to the fallen from the two World Wars.

SEAFORD Town Council in East Sussex has worked with Fields in Trust to secure its Sutton Park Road War Memorial as a Centenary Field to honour those who died in World War I. The memorial was first erected in 1921, and has been on its present site since 1952.

 Clerks & Councils Direct November 2016


TWO benches marking the sacrifice of soldiers in the two World Wars were installed in the memorial garden at Gwersyllt War Memorial in August. Those attending the official unveiling included representatives of veterans’ associations, the mayor of Wrexham and chairman of GWERSYLLT Community Council Cllr Bernie McCann and Wrexham Council’s armed forces champion and Gwersyllt councillor David Griffiths. Cllr Griffiths said that the steel benches would provide a fitting place for people to reflect peacefully. They were manufactured by David Ogilvie Engineering Ltd of Kilmarnock and have been treated to prevent corrosion.

Clerks & Councils Direct September 2016

FLAGPOLE ROW SPLITS VILLAGE

PARISH councillors and Royal British Legion volunteers are at war in the west Norfolk village of DERSINGHAM over the management of the village’s recreation ground area, in particular a fl agpole next to the war memorial. A trio of volunteers known as the “Memorial Three” have looked after the pole for the last two years after money was donated through the RBL by relatives of fallen servicemen.

However, the parish council has written to ask them to “donate” the flagpole or see it removed and replaced with one of its own. Chairman Cllr Sue Payne pointed out that the fl agpole was on council-owned land and said: “We are trying to formalise the use of our recreation ground and the war memorial is part of it.”

The dispute has escalated since the volunteers flew the Union flag upside down as a sign of distress at the council’s alleged treatment of them when they organised a classic car show to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday. However, Cllr Payne accused the Legion of a “lack of communication” over its plans.

The Dersingham and Sandringham branch of the RBL has threatened to seek a court injunction to stop the council. Its chair, Valerie Brundle, one of the Memorial Three and also a parish councillor, said: “It’s totally wrong, it doesn’t belong to them and it doesn’t really belong to the British Legion. We’re only custodians. It’s got to stop. It’s like a dictatorship. If you’re ever in North Korea it’s a different matter, but this is England.

Clerks & Councils Direct July 2016

KNITTING THE TOWN RED 

Lesley Fudge, the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal manager for WARMINSTER, is asking knitters to support her in “yarn bombing” the Wiltshire town in the fortnight leading up to Remembrance Sunday. She wants to continue the project for the next two years, for the duration of the WWI centenary commemorations.

The yarn bombing involves knitting or crocheting poppies, which can be attached to street furniture such as lamp-posts and benches. The idea is to highlight the Remembrance Day parade route with as many poppies as possible. Ms Fudge also wants to embroider the names of all those listed on Warminster’s war memorial onto labels with poppies to attach to the memorial bench.

The council’s Town Development Committee voted unanimously in favour of the project. Cllr Paul Macfarlane said: “This is a fantastic idea and will be great for the town, which has always shown such support for the Remembrance commemorations.”

 Clerks & Councils Direct May 2016

GREAT WYRLEY Parish Council in Staffordshire may have to replace a plaque on the gates of its First World War memorial garden after research by a local historian discovered that many of the names of the fallen were incorrect. According to Paul Ford, archivist at Walsall Local History Centre, birth certificates and newspaper cuttings showed that 11 of the 25 names were wrongly spelled or had extra initials, while another name was missing. The problem arose when the original gates were stolen during refurbishment in the 1980s, and a replacement plaque was made using photographs. Cllr Ron Myatt said: “We have approved funding in the budget to hopefully enable the changes to be made.”

 

Clerks & Councils Direct March 2016

FIT HONOUR FOR BUCKS PARISH

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IN October 2015, STONE WITH BISHOPSTONE AND HARTWELL Parish Council (SBHPC) in Buckinghamshire entered into a Deed of Dedication with Fields in Trust to preserve its War Memorial Recreation Ground for future generations.

The Fields in Trust Centenary Fields initiative, supported by HRH the Duke of Cambridge, aims to secure recreational spaces to honour the memory of those who lost their lives in World War I and create a tangible local legacy. These can include war memorial parks and playing fields or other significant green spaces.

On 2 December 2015 parish clerk Allison Stone, accompanied by Cllr Brian Rogers, attended an awards ceremony at Lords Cricket Ground in London, where they received an award on behalf of the council for having a showcase Centenary Field 2015. There were over 500 entries in this class but just seven were recognised as showcase fields, and SBHPC was the only parish council among them.

Helen Griffiths, chief executive of Fields in Trust, said: “Our awards celebrate the important role played by individuals, landowners, local authorities and many others, protecting and improving outdoor recreational space for future generations to enjoy. Some inspiring examples of partnership work have been highlighted and we are delighted to reward these remarkable efforts.”

Clerks & Councils Direct January 2016

 

MURALS KEEP WWI MEMORY ALIVE

IN a project instigated by WITHAM Town Council, pupils from a local school collaborated with street artist Scott Irving to turn a graffiti-strewn area into a memorial to those lost in WWI. The project is part of the Essex town’s WWI centenary commemorations, which are being coordinated by the council in collaboration with the Royal British Legion. Mr Irving and art teacher Hannah Mais ran art workshops with children from Year 8, using research about the town’s involvement in the conflict by local historians. The students read journals and letters written by local men fighting on the front line and then drew up initial designs, which Mr Irving refined. A group of 14 students put the finishing touches to the murals. The council originally planned to site the murals on railway arches but were unable to secure agreement from Network Rail in time. The Environment Agency instead suggested painting a disused gauging station on the town’s River Walk.

Clerks & Councils Direct January 2016

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PLAQUE RE-DEDICATED IN MEMORY OF WWI

SOUTHFLEET Parish Council in Kent has unveiled a new commemorative plaque to remember those who fought in the Great War of 1914–18. The plaque is attached to the War Memorial Cottage, which in 1922 was officially dedicated in memory of 18 villagers who lost their lives in the conflict.

The cottage was erected originally by public subscription to accommodate the parish nurse and treat first aid cases. It was acquired by Kent County Council in 1952 for the local health authority, but was eventually sold and approved for residential use. It now belongs to Raymond and Pamela Watson, who bought and refurbished it in 2000.
The parish council approached Mr and Mrs Watson with a view to replacing the original stone plaque, which had broken and been taken down some years previously, and on 22 August the couple hosted an unveiling ceremony in their front garden. This was attended by a number of villagers, some of whose relatives were named on the memorial.
The council chairman, Cllr Noreen Salway, unveiled the gilt-edged memorial and delivered an address before guests moved to the Ship Inn across the road for complimentary refreshments. Raymond Watson said: “We are honoured to be living in such an historic house. We still have a copy of the parish news report and the order of service from the ceremonial opening back in 1922, and an old photograph of Major-General H F Thuillier RE unveiling the first plaque.”

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Clerks & Councils Direct, November 2015


BRINGING THE PAST BACK TO LIFE

TALGARTH Town Council in Powys unveiled and rededicated its original WW1 memorial in the town hall on Remembrance Sunday 2014, years after it disappeared from public view.

In the early 1920s the brass plaque was placed on panelling above the fireplace in the hall, but in 1957 a new memorial was built on the bank of the River Ennig to include the names of men killed in WW2, and the original plaque was buried within it.

However, the structure was eroded by the river, and when the existing memorial was built in 1989 the plaque was disinterred and placed in storage by resident John Gwynne. It came to light during preparations for the Talgarth Walking Festival.

A group of volunteers helped with cleaning and polishing the plaque, while the panelling was refurbished by a local joinery firm. Talgarth and District Historical Society secured a grant of £8,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The plaque was dedicated on 9 November 2014 by Canon Rowland Edwards, in a ceremony that was also attended by Mr Gwynne (pictured).

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 Clerks & Councils Direct, July 2015


REDEDICATION FOR WRAF VOLUNTEER

A PARISH council has rededicated its war memorial to include the name of a female air force volunteer who died on the last day of World War I. Villagers in Braunston-in-Rutland believed that Gladys Walter’s name was left off the memorial because of her gender. Parish clerk Carole Brown said that the village had now “put right the wrong”.

Ms Walter joined up in 1916, aged 18, and worked at an air base near Grantham, Lincolnshire as a rigger, maintaining the wires that held fighter planes together. She joined the 29th Training Squadron of the WRAF soon after it was formed in April 1918, but died on Armistice Day in November from pneumonia. She was one of only three servicewomen from Rutland to die in WWI.

The parish council paid £120 to inscribe her name, alongside 14 others who died in both world wars. During the service, children placed 15 flowers on the memorial to represent them. Ms Brown said: “The whole village is behind it, we are all very proud.”

Clerks & Councils Direct, May 2015

CLEAN-UP FOR VCS’ GRAVES

THE Victoria Cross Trust is undertaking a major project at Brookwood Cemetery near Woking in Surrey to restore the graves of men awarded the Victoria Cross during World War I. The Trust team will be working at the cemetery from 23–27 March, and will host an open day for the public on 26 March, from 10am to 4pm.
Brookwood Cemetery, founded in 1852, extends over 400 acres and is the largest cemetery in the UK and one of the largest in Europe. It is also known as the London Necropolis. It is the final resting place of 12 VC recipients, with a further three commemorated on memorials.
The grave markers and memorials are in various states of disrepair: some require minimal cleaning while others require major restoration. The Victoria Cross Trust will restore all the gravestones, and the three memorials if time permits. Duane Ashworth, father of James Ashworth VC, will coordinate volunteers during the week and will assist with the open day.

Clerks & Councils Direct, March 2015

DURHAM MINERS MEMORIAL

CLLR Hazel Charlton, chairwoman of West Auckland Parish Council, has unveiled a memorial sandstone bench paying tribute to more than 50 County Durham miners who died between the sinking of the West Auckland colliery in 1838 and its closure in 1967. It was carved by sculptor Beatrice Searle, a trainee stonemason at Lincoln Cathedral.

WORLD WAR 1 COMMEMORATIONS

MORE than 200 people attended the dedication of the Whitfield War Memorial and the Act of Remembrance on 9 November 2014. The grey granite memorial was commissioned by Whitfield Parish Council, and a local company laid the foundations free of charge. Funds for landscaping were raised through the sale of donated books.
Parish council chairman Cllr Jeff Goodsell laid the first wreath on behalf of residents, followed by Algy Cluff, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Kent, district council chair Cllr Sue Nicholas and Austin Walker, county chairman of the Royal British Legion. Other wreaths were laid on behalf of local organisations, and by relatives of some of those named on the memorial.
The service was followed by refreshments in the village hall, which staged an exhibition on the lives of the 13 local men who died in World War I and the six who died in World War II. As part of the preparations, the final resting place or memorial to each man was visited and a wooden poppy cross left in his honour. A commemorative booklet was produced containing the order of service and details of the final resting places.

CATTERALL Parish Council in Lancashire marked the centenary by commissioning a Memorial Gate for the entrance to its Queen Elizabeth II Playing Field. Initial plans were sketched by Cllr Don Harvey, and the Duchy of Lancaster contributed £250 in funding. The metal gate was painted black, with three poppies picked out in red. A hand-made plaque was made by local school pupils, and a larger plaque was commissioned. A dedication service was held at the end of August 2014.

WORK undertaken by Cranleigh Parish Council with local volunteers has resulted in its War Memorial securing Grade II listing. The limestone memorial was erected in around 1920 by local builders Thorpes, at a cost of £864. Located on the High Street near the Fountain Memorial, which was listed Grade II in 1987; it features a crane with a wreath, the symbol of the Surrey village.
In 2009 the War Memorials Trust, alongside Surrey County Council, offered grants towards repairs to the memorial and entrance gate. To commemorate the War’s 100th anniversary, further cleaning and repair work was done in July 2014, again supported by the Trust and public donations. Waverley Borough Council will now prepare the statutory notices required under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990.

Clerks & Councils Direct, January 2015


MARKING A SOLEMN ANNIVERSARY
Remembrance Day has a particular significance this year with the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I. Councils around the country have been paying tribute in a variety of imaginative ways

WestburyWWI_Nov14_memorials A RANGE of community groups worked with WESTBURY Town Council on projects to mark the centenary in August, including events, talks and exhibitions and restoration of the Wiltshire town’s two war memorials.
A Great War Event gave visitors a taste of tea in tin mugs, hardtack biscuits and a replica WW1 trench manned by soldiers. A team of volunteers dressed in costume from the period, including nurses, soldiers, teachers and general civilians (see page 1), while the WI and Royal British Legion (RBL) served up food they might have eaten at the time, from cake made from an authentic WWI recipe to bully beef and hardtack. The RBL held a fundraising raffle and staff at the Westbury Heritage Centre also dressed in costume for the day.
The RBL held a commemorative evening service attended by more than 60 people, including the mayor and councillors. A commemorative plaque was rededicated in memory of those who lost their lives in the conflict. Another event attracted 100 people to hear talks on how the war affected the town, led by Lt Col Andrew Field and Liz Argent of the Westbury Heritage Society.

Clerks & Councils Direct November 2014

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WARMINSTER held a very well received exhibition at the Civic Centre in August. Councillors are now seeking funding for a project to erect a significant bronze memorial as a lasting tribute to 70,000 Australian troops who were left stranded in Wiltshire at the end of the war, waiting for a ship to take them home. Members of the council have drawn up a proposal at no cost to the council taxpayer, and are seeking commercial/corporate sponsorship for a statue at a prominent location in the town.
Cllr Steve Dancey, a member of the council’s WWI subcommittee, said: “Around 400,000 Australians volunteered for service in World War I and 70,000 were left stranded in Wiltshire in early 1919 waiting to return home after the armistice. Hundreds died of wounds or of the Spanish flu during their wait while able bodied comrades drew hill carvings as they passed the time.”
The Australian High Commissioner, Alexander Downer, has given the project his support, and sculptor Amy Goodman is working on the theme “a letter from home”. She has already undertaken a number of high-profile commissions for other communities, with recent projects including an angel in Winchester and the Romsey warhorse (pictured).

Clerks & Councils Direct November 2014


REMEMBERING THE GREAT WAR

ON 4 August 1914 Britain entered the First World War when it declared war on Germany; this August marked the centenary of this landmark moment. Services of remembrance were held in Westminster Abbey and Glasgow Cathedral, while members of the royal family and politicians from across Europe and the Commonwealth attended a commemorative event in Belgium.
Councils across the UK led ceremonies to mark the centenary and to commemorate those who fought and died. Many communities took part in the national Lights Out campaign, leaving only a single light or candle lit between 10pm and 11pm to mark the moment that war was declared. At the time, foreign secretary Sir Edward Grey remarked: “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.” The conflict lasted for over four years, costing the lives of more than 700,000 UK soldiers and hundreds of thousands more from the British Empire.
Kent County Council and Prince Harry unveiled a memorial arch in Folkestone to commemorate the millions who passed through the town on their way to the front line. Many local authorities, including Surrey County Council and Hereford Council, have run heritage projects with community led research into the conflict.
War memorials up and down the country have been cleaned and restored. Here are some of the projects undertaken by individual councils to ensure that future generations do not forget.

Clerks & Councils Direct September 2014

President HRH The Duke of Cambridge visited the War Memorial Park in COVENTRY to launch the organisation’s new Centenary Fields programme. Its aim is to protect at least one green space in each local authority across the UK, creating a national legacy to commemorate those who gave their lives in the conflict. The city park became the first green space to be officially dedicated as a Centenary Field.

Clerks & Councils Direct September 2014

RINGWOOD Town Council is to dedicate a Lantern of Remembrance at The Gateway public services building on 3 September. The lantern will light up on the date of each death of a Ringwood person from both World Wars, and a list will be displayed of all those who fell, day by day through the year In his speech, the duke said: “World War I continues to inspire us – 100 years on – to undertake acts of remembrance for men and women otherwise long forgotten. The Centenary Fields project aims to save in perpetuity scores of memorial spaces around the country. Most will not be as large as this, but every one is valued by its community.”

Before unveiling the official plaque, Prince William laid a wreath and helped local children sow poppy seeds, as well as joining them in sports events.

Clerks & Councils Direct September 2014

HERTFORD Town Council and local churches held a service of remembrance at the town’s War Memorial. Flowers were laid at the foot of the memorial and the service included hymns, readings, prayers and a silence, as well as a poem by local WWI poet Julian Grenfell, read by the mayor.

Clerks & Councils Direct September 2014

IN FARNHAM, the Royal British Legion led a one minute silence at the War Memorial at 11pm on 4 August, when candles were lit. At the same time a service was held at Guildford Cathedral in the form of a vigil; it included music and readings about the War, with lights extinguished at 11pm for a moment of reflection. The event was attended by the Earl and Countess of Wessex and by the mayor of Farnham, Cllr Jeremy Ricketts. The deputy mayor and town clerk attended the vigil at the war memorial.

Clerks & Councils Direct September 2014

SHREWSBURY held a commemorative event of readings and music attended by civic dignitaries and the mayor, Cllr Beverley Baker. Local schoolchildren helped to mark the occasion by decorating wooden poppies, which formed part of a Flanders bed display in the Dingle gardens. The memorial bed was designed by the town council’s horticultural team, with help from the British Ironworks Centre in Oswestry, and was officially dedicated by the mayor as part of the centenary commemorations. Cllr Ioan Jones, who led the commemoration committee, is pictured with children at the Grange Primary School.

Clerks & Councils Direct September 2014

TICKNALL Parish Council in Derbyshire was awarded a Heritage Lottery Grant of £4,500 towards its commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Great War. On 2 August a large crowd watched as ten young people, descendants of Ticknall men who died in WWI, unveiled the Ticknall Memorial Map.
The Memorial Map is dedicated to the 128 Ticknall men who served in the conflict, and was crafted by local illustrator Juliet Boucher and master blacksmith David Tucker. It features notable local buildings and its design incorporates 19 poppies that represent the 19 men from the parish who died.
The parish council also held an exhibition of WWI and family memorabilia, with local people donating flowers and tea and cakes.

Clerks & Councils Direct September 2014

MEMBERS of LLANWENOG Community Council have supported plans by Ceredigion Council to move the war memorial in the village of Drefach to make way for a new primary school. The £4.7 million development will see the new school replace three small primary schools in the county as part of a shake-up of education in the Lampeter area. It should open by 1 January 2016.
A Ceredigion council spokesman said: “The relocation of the war monument will be carefully sited to feature as part of the design of the area school, providing car parking and safer conditions for Remembrance Sunday services, and opportunity for local history learning. The local community will be consulted on a suitable alternative location.

Clerks & Councils Direct May 2014

PREPARING FOR WWI CENTENARY
WITH less than a year to go before the centenary of the First World War, the government is offering communities help to restore and refurbish their war memorials. The Heritage Lottery Fund is also offering grants under its new £6 million “First World War – Then and Now” small grants programme to help communities mark the centenary in imaginative ways.

The government is working alongside partners, including the Heritage Lottery Fund, Commonwealth War Graves Commission and Imperial War Museums, on a series of national remembrance events, an extensive cultural programme and educational schemes. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is leading plans for the anniversary, while culture secretary Maria Miller is chairing an expert advisory panel to oversee a four-year programme of events.

Ms Miller said: “The First World War had a fundamental effect on the course of our history. It is really important that we mark the centenary, which saw some of the darkest days in our history, and that was made – and how it has affected all our lives today.”

Special commemorative paving stones will be laid in the home towns of all those awarded the Victoria Cross during the conflict, for valour “in the face of the enemy”. Communities secretary Eric Pickles has announced a national competition to design the paving stones.

He said: “This will connect communities to their shared history, help residents understand how their area played its part in the Great War, and ensure memories of that sacrifice for British freedom and liberty are kept alive for generations to come.”

In another initiative, the government is aiming to sign up 100 employers to the Centenary Apprenticeship scheme. The scheme is targeting companies which existed 100 years ago and which focus on crafts with a modern application.

Clerks & Councils Direct November 2013

 BATTLE OVER WAR MEMORIAL
A TOWN council inadvertently broke the law when it built a war memorial near the ruins of an ancient abbey. Shaftesbury Town Council had the 6ft monument, made of Portland stone, erected outside Shaftesbury Abbey in June. The memorial is dedicated to local men killed serving their country during and since the Second World War.

However, English Heritage pointed out that the abbey was designated as an ancient scheduled monument and that, as the work had been carried out without consent, it amounted to a criminal offence. It asked the town council, which owns the land in Abbey Walk, to move the monument.

Cllr Lester Dibben said that back in 2010 the town council had asked North Dorset District Council whether the monument needed planning permission, and had been told that it did not. Cllr Mick Hicks said: “We’re a bit worried. We have in theory committed a criminal act, unwittingly. I don’t think we realised that.” The district council has yet to comment on the matter.

According to English Heritage, under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979, it is a criminal offence to carry out works to a scheduled monument without consent from the Secretary of State. A spokesman for the conservation body said that it had held “constructive discussions” with the town council, adding: “English Heritage is taking this matter seriously, but our focus is on achieving a negotiated solution.”

Clerks & Councils Direct November 2013

 CELEBRATING COMMUNITY SPIRIT
MORE than 150 people attended the annual Civic Service in Thame this year, joining the mayor, Cllr Peter Lambert, at St Mary’s Church. The service highlighted the work of the Oxfordshire town’s community groups, including SAFARI and Thame Players. Music was provided by John Hampden Primary School Choir and Thame Chamber Choir, and a collection raised £377.

At the end of September, Cllr Lambert unveiled the Thame Youth Memorial, which marks the untimely passing of young members of the community. The memorial has taken four years to plan and fund, and the Thame Youth Memorial Trust has raised £40,000 to finance it, though £6,000 is still needed to cover final construction costs. An emotional unveiling ceremony included the release of dozens of balloons.

ThameYouthMemorial Cllr Peter Lambert (left) unveils the Thame Youth Memorial, with Trust Chairman Peter Butt and trustee Iain Biddle.
Photo: Frank Millar

Clerks & Councils Direct November 2013

MINE HERITAGE HONOURED
GARW Valley Community Council in Mid Glamorgan has erected a Miner's Lamp Memorial to honour miners who lost their lives working in the South Wales mining industry.

The lamp, sited on Llangeinor Square, has a picture of a pit-head and an inscription in English and Welsh which commemorates “all those who through accident, disaster or disease, lost their lives or otherwise suffered as a result of the mining industry of the South Wales Coalfi eld”.

The memorial was unveiled by the mayor of the County Borough of Bridgend, Cllr Marlene Thomas, while pupils from local primary schools sang hymns.

GarwValleyMineMemorial Pictured at the ceremony (left to right) are Janice Gregory AM, Cllr George Davies, Mayor Marlene Thomas, Cllr Heather Griffi ths, Bridgend Youth Mayor Christopher Walburn and Huw Irranca-Davies MP.

Clerks & Councils Direct November 2013

 

WITNEY Town Council has begun assessing 6,000 headstones in its two cemeteries to ensure that memorials are safe. In 2009 the Ministry of Justice published new guidelines for local authorities, requiring them to maintain the sites, and the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM) recommends that checks are done every fi ve years. A private company will assess headstones and, if any are found to be unstable, families will be contacted and given ten weeks to carry out repair work.

Clerks & Councils Direct November 2013

 

 

 

KNITTING THE TOWN RED

Lesley Fudge, the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal manager for WARMINSTER, is asking knitters to support her in “yarn bombing” the Wiltshire town in the fortnight leading up to Remembrance Sunday. She wants to continue the project for the next two years, for the duration of the WWI centenary commemorations.

The yarn bombing involves knitting or crocheting poppies, which can be attached to street furniture such as lamp-posts and benches. The idea is to highlight the Remembrance Day parade route with as many poppies as possible. Ms Fudge also wants to embroider the names of all those listed on Warminster’s war memorial onto labels with poppies to attach to the memorial bench.

The council’s Town Development Committee voted unanimously in favour of the project. Cllr Paul Macfarlane said: “This is a fantastic idea and will be great for the town, which has always shown such support for the Remembrance commemorations.”

Clerks & Councils Direct May 2016



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