Tuesday, 24 October 2017

£19,000 to spruce up villages’ war memorial

A SECOND consultation on plans to refurbish Whitchurch and Whitchurch Hill’s shared war memorial has been

A SECOND consultation on plans to refurbish Whitchurch and Whitchurch Hill’s shared war memorial has been launched.

The monument at the top of High Street, Whitchurch, could be restored to its original condition. This work, plus other improvements, would cost £19,000.

The structure was built in 1920 and was topped with an ornate Celtic-style cross until that was snapped in half by a gale in 1989. At that point the stump was levelled off and a simpler cross added.

Goring Heath and Whitchurch parish councils are considering applying for grants to pay for the renovation but want to know what villagers think.

They held a public consultation in May but want to give people another chance to respond. Restoring the Celtic cross would cost £8,500 while the dirt path leading to the memorial could be improved for £3,000.



New landscaping and hedges could be added for £5,000 and the stonework could be cleaned for £1,500.

A £1,000 information plaque with biographies of the 25 casualties named on the monument could also be commissioned.

The War Memorial Trust could pay for all the work except the landscaping, cleaning and the plaque so the parish councils would have to fund these.

It is not yet known when work might start but it’s hoped that it could be carried out by the centenary of the Armistice in November 2018.

To have your say, visit www.whitchurchonthames.com



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