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Weʼre raising £4,709 to repair the West Malling War Memorial.

West Malling, UK

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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 Green4 days ago
    David Green

    David Green

    4 days ago

    A brief update. Our thanks to the Lavenders Residential Care Home whose Summer Party raised £138.23. We've also emptied the collecting tins at Chocolate Umbrella and Down Swan Street. Thanks to their customers who have added £46.15 from their spare change. With other donations received, the total now is £5,061.09. £1,008 from JustGiving and £4,053.09 offline. Please do support this cause so that we can get this work done in time for Remembrance Sunday!

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  • David Green18 days ago
    David Green

    David Green

    18 days ago

    A brief update. Our thanks to Malling District Lions Club for their kind donation of £300 and to Town Malling Working Men's Club who have joined some of the local shops in placing a Collecting Tin on the bar. Please do drop in your spare change if you can. The total raised now is £4,811.71. £963 from JustGiving and £3,848.71 offline. We are almost at the point of getting all the permissions we need, so all that remains now is to find the money. Please do support this cause so that we can get this work done in time for Remembrance Sunday!

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  • David Green1 month ago
    David Green

    David Green

    1 month ago

    Weekly update. The offline donations have continued, giving us a total raised of £4,253.19 (£963 via this website and the rest offline). Taking that from our total, we need to find £4,508.81. We're almost halfway!! Thanks this week to Malling Town Club who have kindly agreed to host a Collecting Tin at the bar. They've also generously donated £500 from Club funds towards the project, so our huge thanks to the committee for their participation and generosity.

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Page last updated on: 7/19/2018 4:29 PM

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31

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jul 19, 2018

  • David Cooper

    David Cooper

    Jul 16, 2018

    A worthy cause to support.

    £20.00

  • Cathryn Gahan

    Cathryn Gahan

    Jul 3, 2018

  • Marc Pegler

    Marc Pegler

    Jul 2, 2018

    £30.00

  • Lucy Best-Shaw

    Lucy Best-Shaw

    Jul 2, 2018

    Simply that I love West Malling and want to support this.

    £5.00

  • Marie Bumstead

    Marie Bumstead

    Jun 2, 2018

    From the Baker family who have been Baptised, Married and Buried at St. Marys over many years, with Thanks

    £20.00

  • Leon Matthews

    Leon Matthews

    May 29, 2018

    Good luck with raising the rest of the money. Great to preserve these monuments for future generations.

    £50.00

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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