It has been announced today that Ashfield District Council has been successful in securing £6k in funding from the War Memorials Trust.
The funding will go towards cleaning and restoring the four main war memorials in time for this year’s Remembrance Day events in November.
will all undergo works including cleaning, repointing, repairing surface damage to the stone and lettering repairs. This will mark the beginning of a rolling programme which will see all the Districts war memorials cleaned and restored over the next few years.
Having been successful in each of its four submitted bids, the Council will receive half of the costs of the repair and maintenance required. A further £6k will be invested by the Council.
Cllr Jason Zadrozny, Leader of Ashfield District Council said “The Council is committed to ensuring the memory of those who fought for our country is kept alive and is respected. The war memorials play an important part in that. Our plans for the restoration and maintenance will start with the four key war memorials, and will be completed in time for this year’s Remembrance Sunday events.”
The restoration works will start at Kingsway Memorial, Kirkby on 9th October and will involve a team of specialist restorers to ensure that the integrity of the war memorials remain for future generations.
Cllr Jason Zadrozny continued “As a Council we work closely with local military groups and organisations on events including Armed Forces Day, Merchant Navy Day and not forgetting the epic poppy downfall that was put together to mark last year’s end of world war one centenary.
“We recognise the importance of maintaining war memorials, both in terms of heritage and community significance. These works will form part of an ongoing restoration and maintenance plan of our War Memorials.”
Plans for the restoration of the war memorial at the The Hills, Selston are also being discussed in conjunction with the War Memorials Maintenance Association.
The War Memorials Trust is a charity that works to protect and conserve war memorials in the UK.