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£723raised of £8,927 target by 19 supporters

Weʼre raising £8,927 to repair the West Malling War Memorial

Location
West Malling, UK
Category
In memory

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Ahead of the centenary of the end of the First World War, St Mary's Church and West Malling Parish Council are fund-raising to repair and restore the West Malling War Memorial.

The War Memorial was erected in 1921 and is showing its age. With the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War approaching, it also seems an appropriate point to seek to refurbish and renovate the memorial to a good standard for the future generations. The War Memorial was awarded Listed Building Status (Grade II) in March 2017.

Between 1918 and 1921, the people of West Malling raised the money to see the memorial erected so that the fallen of this town, their family members, friends and neighbours, would always be remembered. It would be great to think that the people of West Malling today would donate, as our predecessors once did, so that the memorial can be repaired and restored.

The work we plan to do involves:

1. carrying out the complete restoration of the stone work including raking out all open joints and re-pointing;

2. providing a fully sheeted scaffold and security fencing to protect the public while work is ongoing;

3. once restored, a full cleaning of the stone work is required;

4. re-enamel the inscriptions on the bronze panels;

5. Smart Water mark the bronze panels for identification and security. We are also currently considering re-patinating the plaques and applying a surface coating of micro-crystalline wax to preserve the finish;

6. prepare & re-paint the war memorial fence and repair the stone gate posts.

West Malling Parish Council have been preparing grant applications but we would like to see the people of West Malling contributing to the memorial's good repair. All funds raised will be used for this project. If we raise more than we need, the money will be held in a separate fund by St Mary's Church to be used solely for future repairs and maintenance of the memorial.

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  • David Green8 days ago
    David Green

    David Green

    8 days ago

    Thank you to everyone who has responded to our launch last week. Our FB post last week was shared 65 times, reaching over 5,000 people. The news is spreading. We've made an application to Tesco's Bags for Help scheme. If accepted, it could add a potential £4,000 towards our total. We're also still liaising with the Bronze Specialist. When we know more, it will affect the total we need to find. £10,000 is a rough guide at present. You can see we've raised £453 here on JustGiving. Still a long way to go.

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  • David Green14 days ago
    David Green

    David Green

    14 days ago

    At the West Malling School end-of-term service and the Good Friday Walk of Witness, we took up collections for this project and raised £273.00. Again, because of the way JustGiving works, I can't add this money to the total so I've reduced our overall target of £10,000 down to £8,927 to reflect money raised offline. Thank you to all who have donated so far. We have our first 10%!

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  • David Green15 days ago
    David Green

    David Green

    15 days ago

    My thanks to those who have responded to the article in the Parish Magazine. Cheques and cash donations received so far total £800.00. There doesn't seem to be a way to get JustGiving's total to reflect that amount received, but since we started off by aiming to raise £10,000, I've reduced the total we need to £9,200! Thank you to all who have donated so far.

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Page last updated on: 4/20/2018 6:07 AM

Supporters

19

  • Phil & Gemma Coupland

    Phil & Gemma Coupland

    Apr 20, 2018

    Great cause & hoping the community of West Malling smash this target in their memor. “When you go Home, tell them of us and say, For your Tomorrow, we gave our Today” #lestweforget #wewillrememberthem

    £100.00

  • Suzanne Henderson

    Suzanne Henderson

    Apr 18, 2018

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Apr 18, 2018

    Such a worthy cause and happy as a local resident to support this.

    £25.00

  • Karen McCrindle

    Karen McCrindle

    Apr 18, 2018

    Good Luck David!Supporting the local community and all War Heros!

    £10.00

  • Suzanne Bishop

    Suzanne Bishop

    Apr 18, 2018

    A worthwhile cause. Good luck raising the funds.

    £10.00

  • Nick and Becky Robinson

    Nick and Becky Robinson

    Apr 17, 2018

    Looking forward to seeing the repaired memorial, very glad to support such a worthy cause, the Robinsons

    £100.00

  • Chloe Louise

    Chloe Louise

    Apr 17, 2018

    £5.00

About the fundraiser
David Green

David Green

West Malling, UK

My name is David Green and I am the Vicar of West Malling. Nearly 100 years ago, my predecessor in this role - the Rev A.W. Lawson - helped the people of West Malling to build the War Memorial. A century on, I'd like to honour the memory of those who died by seeing it repaired.

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