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£1,250raised of £5,000 target by 22 supporters

    Weʼve raised £1,250 to restore the Shirley War Memorial in St James churchyard

    St James churchyard, Stratford Rd, Shirley, Solihull
    Funded on Wednesday, 31st October 2018

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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

      Thank you to everyone who has supported this appeal. I am pleased to announce that the target of £5,000 was actually exceeded when including donations made directly via St James Church. The surplus will now be held for ongoing cleaning and maintenance for years to come. This is a fantastic result and very many thanks to all who have contributed. The memorial now looks fantastic and is now ready to take centre stage at the Armistice Day service on 11th November.

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    • Shirley War Memorial Restoration Committee5 months ago
      Shirley War Memorial Restoration Committee

      Shirley War Memorial Restoration Committee

      5 months ago
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      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 Committee8 months ago
      Shirley War Memorial Restoration Committee

      Shirley War Memorial Restoration Committee

      8 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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    9 months ago

    Shirley War Memorial Restoration Committee started crowdfunding

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    Page last updated on: 10/29/2018 2:03 PM

    Supporters

    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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