Funding boost for South Witham war memorial

The war memorial at South Witham which is set to be restored. Photos provided by Mark Ramage.
The war memorial at South Witham which is set to be restored. Photos provided by Mark Ramage.
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The war memorial in South Witham will benefit from a £2,490 grant jointly funded by English Heritage and The Wolfson Foundation.

The funds which are part of the Grants for War Memorials scheme, administered by the War Memorials Trust, will enable the stone cross at South Witham to undergo a full restoration, including cleaning to remove biological growths, carbon and limescale deposits.

The memorial's stonework is crumbling.

The memorial's stonework is crumbling.

There are also a number of damaged and perished areas of the memorial which require specialist stone repair work, which can now be carried out.

South Witham Parish Council’s chair, Fran Parish, and memorial liaison Claire van Straubenzee, are working on the restoration project with the village’s memorial co-ordinator Mark Ramage, Peter Ball from South Witham Action Group and Phillip Blythe of the War Memorial Restoration Co.

“It is totally fitting that we remember and honour the fallen from WWI and keep that memory alive with a restored memorial,” said the parish council in a statement.

The grant will cover 75% of the costs, and be added to £460 collectively raised by the parish council, community group and action group for the work. Funds are also being raised through quizzes at the Angel Inn and collections at the Water Lane village shop.

Individual donations can also be made by cheque or in cash and placed in the post box of Claire van Straubenzee at Tanyard House, 13, Church Lane.

Any additional funds raised will be used to meet the shortfall and to enable regular maintenance of the war memorial in the future.