Monday, 21 May 2018

Makeover for war memorial

WHITCHURCH and Whitchurch Hill’s joint war memorial is to be restored to its original condition.

The monument at the top of Whitchurch high street 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.

Now it is to undergo a £9,000 refurbishment that will reinstate the old design by F L Pearson, the son of Victorian architect J L Pearson.

The new cross will be computer designed using photographs of the original.

The project, which has been led by Goring Heath Parish Council, will also include new paving and kerbstones around the memorial.

The War Memorial Trust will provide £3,450 while the rest will come from private donations and other grants.

Peter Dragonetti, who chairs the council, said: “The memorial has been in place for almost 96 years but has looked rather unbalanced for the past 26 so it will be wonderful to return it to its original design.

“Our annual Remembrance Sunday ceremony attracts an increasing number of people each year, so there is strong local support for what we’re planning.”

It’s hoped that the work will be completed by November 2018, the centenary of the Armistice.

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