Upton Parish Council is delighted to announce the completed refurbishment of its War Memorial,

Upton Parish Council is delighted to announce the completed refurbishment of its War Memorial, which has been made possible by the acquisition of a grant of £6,010 from the War Memorials Trust, as part of their commemoration of the First World War.

Cllr Jean Evans led for the Parish Council in researching the memorial’s heritage and negotiating with Donald Insall Associates, who as experts in architectural heritage, were the ideal professionals to advise and recommend firms who would be interested in and able to carry out the work. The contract was awarded to Recclesia Ltd.

The work included stone cleaning, repointing using a special lime based mortar and sharpening all lettering. In addition repair, replace and repointing for all the surrounding flag stones.

In the course of researching, some interesting detail about Upton was unearthed from Parish Council meetings of the time. A fund was set up and by September 25th 1919 £475 had been received. It had been planned to erect the memorial opposite the Wheatsheaf but it was felt by some that the Cross, where it now is, would be more appropriate.

Sir Philip Egerton was approached about using the land which he donated to the community in memory of his sons who had been killed in the war.

Frances Moreton, Director, War Memorials Trust said, “War memorials are a tangible connection to our shared pas 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 support this project. The centenary of World War I is a wonderful opportunity for local communities across the country to protect and conserve their war memorials; if anyone knows of any other war memorials in need of help please contact us.”

The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has decided to add Upton and District War Memorial Cross to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. The memorial is now listed at Grade II.

For further information contact the Parish Council Clerk: clerk@uptonbychester.org.uk

 

 

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Upton Parish Council is delighted to announce the completed refurbishment of its War Memorial,

Volunteers head to Derby to find out how the First World War Memorials Programme and its volunteers have been making a positive impact on the region’s war memorials. 

On August 1st representatives from civic societies, local councils, the Royal British Legion and local history groups joined together in Derby to find out how the First World War Memorials Programme and its volunteers have has been making a positive impact on the region’s war memorials.

In addition to hearing from the programme partners Civic Voice, Historic England, Imperial War Museums and War Memorials Trust, who provided the background to the programme and specific examples of their work, delegates also heard from a civic society that surveyed over 70 war memorials in their town, a recipient of grant funding, and a district council that carried out a project to record, survey and apply to list all the memorials in the district.

Diane Wells, representing Tamworth and District Civic Society, spoke of her research project for Amington War Memorial, which was erected as early as 1917 and which, for that reason, had initially caught her attention.  Dedicated to ‘The Fallen Heroes of Amington’ the war memorial did not include the names of those individuals, even though there were parts of the stone memorial where plaques were obviously meant to have been attached.  With Heritage Lottery funding the project set about researching the 21 soldiers from the area, with the help of a local group of scouts, and their names were added to the base of the memorial.  The project also included refurbishment of the area immediately surrounding the memorial allowing safer access to it.  Not content with stopping there, Diane also co-ordinated a small group of volunteers who attended a training workshop to find out how to carry out condition surveys for war memorials.  The group spent a number of months locating, visiting and recording the condition of over 70 memorials in Tamworth and the surrounding area and adding the information to War Memorials Online.  Thanks to their work there is now a much greater understanding of the district’s war memorial heritage, ensuring the people named on the crosses, plaques, windows etc will not be forgotten.

David Sneath gave a detailed account of the project in which he was involved to repair the Mercian Memorial at Crich, Derbyshire. with funding from War Memorials Trust.  The tower was completed in 1923 with later additions in 1934. It was designed by Lt Col A. W. Brewill to commemorate the fallen soldiers of the Sherwood Foresters (Nottingham and Derbyshire Regiment).

In 2016 a grant of £8,640 was awarded through the War Memorials Trust Grants Scheme towards professional advice for a structural survey, concrete analysis and production of a draft Specification and Schedule of Repairs by a conservation accredited architect. This required scaffolding to the concrete dome and the production of core samples for chemical analysis.

In 2017 a grant of £67,830 was awarded for full scaffolding, repairs to the cracked concrete dome, removal of materials from previous repairs and application of appropriate products to repair the cracks and protect from water penetration, repairs to support columns and cills, repointing the whole tower with lime mortar, staining of doors, repairs and repainting of gates and railings, repairs to the plinth and paving at the base and related professional fees.

David finished by stressing the importance of getting expert advice from organisations such as War Memorials Trust and Historic England to ensure works were carried out using the correct methods and materials.

Finally, we heard from Michael Tagg, Conservation Officer at Bassetlaw District Council.  With the help of his colleagues, research has been carried out for each of the district’s 38 external war memorials to find out details of when they were first built and unveiled, who the designer/architect was and details of the unveiling ceremony.  The condition of the memorials was also recorded.  Thankfully, just three were found to be in need of conservation work.  With information and photographs from research and site visits, the team applied to Historic England for 19 memorials to be awarded listed status, giving them greater protection.

The programme has run similar events in four of England’s regions since February.  In that time we’ve heard from a number of volunteers who have been involved in the programme and the fantastic contribution they have made to ensure the future of the nation’s war memorials.

Comments from those who attended the event included:

“It was a very engaging and informative workshop which has given me a lot of new information about the FWWMP and the work of various organisations involved”,

“An excellent day with very good presentations and information, as well as several good networking contacts.”

Don’t miss your chance to hear about what’s been happening in your local area and discuss how your community can continue to commemorate the fallen beyond the end of the First World War centenary.  You can register to attend the following events below.

Volunteers head to Derby to find out how the First World War Memorials Programme and its volunteers have been making a positive impact on the region’s war memorials. 

What has happened to the nation’s war memorial hospitals?

Whitby Civic Society members set up a war memorial group with the main aim of keeping the Whitby & District War Memorial Cottage Hospital memory alive, particularly as there was a risk the second hospital on this site was to be sold either partially or fully. The Society is hoping now at least a smaller hospital will be retained on this site, with the rest of the site sold to be developed for extra care housing – no definite decision has been made at this time. We continue to work with the relevant authorities to ensure the remaining artefacts are not lost, and hope to raise a further memorial sculpture to remember all those lost as well as the people who ensured there was a memorial hospital built in Whitby, although it no longer bears this name.

But now Whitby Civic Society wants to know;

  • What has happened to other war memorial hospitals around the country?
  • Does anyone know how many were built following the First World War and how many still remain today?
  • Why were these buildings never registered as public war memorials as perhaps these were our greatest living and working war memorials ever created?
  • They were provided for the town and surrounding parishes with funds raised through donation and fundraising events from the local community, many which could ill afford the small amounts donated after this horrific war. Many of these buildings have now been demolished and sold on, losing both a local welfare facility plus the original war memorial – surely this is totally unethical?

In 1948, with the advent of the National Health Service, the land and buildings were taken as part of the new NHS, many of which have since been closed and the land sold for development – was this ethical, and what has happened to any war memorial plaques and artefacts – how many have been lost?

In 2013 NHS Property Services was established and has raised more than £203million from the disposal of 295 surplus NHS properties, generating valuable funds to be reinvested in the NHS estate, during its first 5 years of operation. Many of the sites were empty and all were no longer needed for clinical or any other use, however, they did require ongoing NHS funds for property related costs such as rates, security and basic maintenance. It is noted sales can only take place once the organisations and commissioners that plan and pay for local healthcare declare an empty property surplus to NHS requirements, but what happens to the war memorial artefacts?

If you can help Whitby Civic Society with these queries send your comments to info@civicvoice.org.uk.

What has happened to the nation’s war memorial hospitals?

Bells to ring out and 10,000 to march past the Cenotaph as the nation says ‘THANK YOU’

Ten thousand members of the public will be invited to march past the Cenotaph to mark the centenary of the Armistice later this year, Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright announced recently.

Descendants, family members and the public are invited to apply to take part in ‘A Nation’s Thank you – The People’s Procession’ on Sunday 11 November 2018.

At the same time, people are being encouraged to ring bells around the world, as the government is seeking to replicate the spontaneous outpouring of relief that took place in 1918. As news of the Armistice spread, church bells, which had fallen silent across the UK during the First World War, rang out in celebration.

Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright said: “On the centenary of the Armistice, it is right that we come together to give thanks to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and those who returned home to help shape the world we live in today. “The 11th of November offers us a unique opportunity to show our appreciation for the generation who gave so much to secure this hard fought victory. I encourage everyone, whatever their connection to the First World War, to apply to participate in the People’s Procession and join in with the bell ringing programme to help us mark this historic occasion.

Bell ringing and the People’s Procession will take place after the conclusion of The Royal British Legion’s Veteran Dispersal and March Past the Cenotaph, which follows the National Service of Remembrance on 11 November 2018, the centenary of the end of the First World War.

The People’s Procession will provide an opportunity for those taking part to give thanks to all those who served in the First World War to secure the victory that helped shape the rights and privileges we enjoy today.

Members of the public can apply for the People’s Procession here: https://armistice100.org.uk./

Bells to ring out and 10,000 to march past the Cenotaph as the nation says ‘THANK YOU’

Last Chance for funding from First World War Memorials Programme

This week’s deadline date, 30th June, for grant applications is the final opportunity for those seeking to benefit from the First World War Memorials Programme grant funding. One-off, additional money from the UK government has been supporting repair and conservation projects throughout the centenary commemorations. To date over £1.9 of the £2 million available has been allocated to support nearly 490 communities across the UK to protect and conserve their war memorials. Awards have ranged from £74 through to £132,100 helping a huge range of projects. The median grant has been around £1,500 with 85% of projects assisted having a total project cost of less than £5,000.
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As the additional funding concludes, War Memorials Trust will continue to accept grant applications but will only be able to make grants if funds have been raised by the charity. This is likely to mean fewer successful applications with lower levels of funding available unless they can find some more generous funders to support grants. To donate to War Memorial Trust’s fundraising for grants you can contact the charity at info@warmemorials.org or 020 7834 0200.
 
But grants are not everything. The charity believes just as important as our grant-making activity is our role providing conservation advice and support so communities can undertake appropriate works with confidence. If you are concerned about a war memorial you can contact the charity to discuss whether works are needed. They can offer advice on what you could do yourself and what might need professional involvement. Who you might need to consult or permissions required to undertake work. they are also happy to comment on quotes/schedules of work you have received. Well-intentioned works can sometimes have unforeseen consequences particularly if the most up-to-date best conservation practice has not been consulted so do not hesitate to get in touch if you think we may be able to help.  They are busy but are responding as quickly as we can to everyone as we recognise many of you are working towards projects for 11th November.

They also have plenty of advice on their website www.warmemorials.org/helpsheets.

Last Chance for funding from First World War Memorials Programme

First World War programme visits the South to share more success stories

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Delegates visit the war memorial in West Hill Cemetery, Winchester. Copyright Lucy Mills-Watkins/Historic England

On June 1st, delegates from across the South met in Winchester at Winton Chapel on the city’s University campus to hear from volunteers about their experiences of being involved in the First World War Memorials Programme over the last couple of years, as well as those who have plans to run commemorative events in their communities in the future.
The day started with a welcome from the Vice-Chancellor of the University who explained how the chapel, itself dedicated as a war memorial after the First World War, is playing a vital role in University life for students, staff and the wider community following a restoration project in 2017.  Delegates also heard from Design Engine Architects about the project and explored the chapel before being introduced to the work of the First World War Memorials Programme.

One of the ways in which these events are different is that, as well as hearing from the organisations involved i.e. Civic Voice, IWM, Historic England and War Memorials Trust, delegates also get a chance to listen directly to the experience of volunteers who have engaged with the programme during the course of the centenary.  In Winchester we heard from Linda Munday, a student at the University, about her positive experience of attending Civic Voice training and going on to successfully apply for two Hampshire war memorials to be listed at Grade II.  Charles Bradshaw from Preston Candover Parish Council gave an enthusiastic account of a conservation project to repair elements of their local war memorial, which was part-funded by War Memorials Trust.  You can read more about this in the Grants Showcase below.

Don’t miss out on your chance to hear about the projects taking place in your local area.  Our next events are being held in:

First World War programme visits the South to share more success stories

Engaging young people in heritage: a summary of a workshop in Leeds.

We’re looking forward to seeing delegates across England in one of our future workshops focused on ‘Engaging Young People in Heritage’ Workshop. Following the workshop in Leeds last week, we thought you’d like to hear a bit more about what’s in store for you at a future session, and find out from some of those who attended what they gained from the workshop.

Delegates came to the Leeds workshop for the following principal reasons:

  • To help extend civic society activities to schools/young people.
  • To glean information about visiting schools and the resources available to help plan activities.
  • Approaches/techniques for delivering information to young people.
  • To network and find out what and how others were doing.

Carlie Silvey, War Memorials Trust’s Learning Officer, ran the workshop and shared
her wealth of first-hand experience of making initial contact with schools/youth
groups, before moving on to examples of the different types of activities that can be
carried out with young people and the resources available to plan them. Delegates
watched a series of video clips of a WMT Learning Officer in action running
sessions, and the children themselves told us what they thought about the
experience.

We also heard from Sandra Taylor from Remember the Fallen, who has worked with
a number of schools in Worcestershire. She told us about some of the activities she
had run successfully in schools, as well as those which hadn’t gone as well, and
finished with a list of her top tips for an effective visit.

There was plenty of time during the workshop for delegates to express their views,
share ideas and make new contacts.

At the end of the workshop, delegates made the following comments:
‘There was an excellent variety of talks/presentations…The networking was very
useful.’

‘Thank you for a well-organised workshop with lots of useful information. I am now
looking forward to planning and carrying out a school visit.’

We look forward to seeing you at a future workshop for what promises to be a thought-
provoking and inspiring workshop. Sign up today here. 

Engaging young people in heritage: a summary of a workshop in Leeds.