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Weʼre raising £5,000 to restore the Shirley War Memorial in St James churchyard

St James churchyard, Stratford Rd, Shirley, Solihull

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The war memorial standing in the churchyard of St James church, Shirley is in need of renovation to restore it to its near original condition.

The memorial has been the centre piece of the annual Remembrance Day service since its dedication in 1923 after being funded by public subscription following WW1 and it therefore belongs to the people of Shirley. It is an important focal point to remember those who gave their lives in two World Wars, and especially the citizens of Shirley

The work involves specialist cleaning techniques to remove years of dirt and a surface coating all of which need to be removed to reveal the original stonework. Also some of the names of those who died are becoming illegible so will be re-carved.

The project is being led by a committee comprising representatives of St James church, Shirley Royal British Legion and Shirley Lions. The method of cleaning has been approved by the War Memorials Trust who have agreed to make a grant of £4,020 towards the overall cost of about £6,500. However, it is planned to generate a surplus to establish a fund for the future maintenance and cleaning of the memorial. A target of £5,000 is therefore being aimed at.

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  • Shirley War Memorial Restoration Committee1 month ago
    Shirley War Memorial Restoration Committee

    Shirley War Memorial Restoration Committee

    1 month ago
    Update from the Page owner

    Yippee! We have now reached 25% of the target on-line. The re-carving of the names that are becoming illegible will commence soon and should be completed by the end of September so that the names of all those from Shirley who died in both conflicts will be remembered for another few generations. Please share so that we can reach as wide a readership as possible and have a final burst at the fund raising. Many thanks to all those who have donated so far.

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  • Shirley War Memorial Restoration Committee4 months ago
    Shirley War Memorial Restoration Committee

    Shirley War Memorial Restoration Committee

    4 months ago

    This is a photo taken today to show the initial cleaning completed. It looks absolutely great. Some minor remedial work to be done and then the next phase of re-caving the lettering can commence. KEEP SPREADING THE WORD!

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  • Shirley War Memorial Restoration Committee4 months ago
    Shirley War Memorial Restoration Committee

    Shirley War Memorial Restoration Committee

    4 months ago

    The initial cleaning has now taken place over the last few days. Here is a photo of the cleaning in progress taken by local photographer Richard Wise.

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5 months ago

Shirley War Memorial Restoration Committee started crowdfunding

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Page last updated on: 7/25/2018 10:32 AM

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22

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jul 24, 2018

    £10.00

  • Kris Oliver

    Kris Oliver

    May 12, 2018

    £20.00

  • Ken Barker

    Ken Barker

    Apr 30, 2018

    £25.00

  • Ian Merryweather

    Ian Merryweather

    Apr 19, 2018

    £10.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Apr 14, 2018

    £10.00

  • Tony Knight

    Tony Knight

    Apr 14, 2018

    £30.00

  • Ernie Riley

    Ernie Riley

    Apr 11, 2018

    Excellent work on the restoration.

    £10.00

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Shirley War Memorial Restoration Committee

Shirley War Memorial Restoration Committee

St James churchyard, Stratford Rd, Shirley, Solihull

The committee are a group of representatives from St James church, the Shirley Royal British Legion and Shirley Lions who wanted to restore the memorial as a community project. With the involvement of the War Memorials Trust the project was approved and we can now proceed

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