Multi-million pound fund to boost war memorials in Waveney Valley

Diss, Norfolk. Diss Remembrance Parade from the Mere's Mouth up to St Mary's Church - Megan, Maxwell and Adi Margrie looking at the memorial ANL-140911-195325009
Diss, Norfolk. Diss Remembrance Parade from the Mere's Mouth up to St Mary's Church - Megan, Maxwell and Adi Margrie looking at the memorial ANL-140911-195325009
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Fallen soldiers shall ‘grow not old’ according to the lines taken from Robert Binyon’s First World War poem.

It goes on: ‘Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn’.

Our war memorials deserve to be treated with the same respect as those they commemorate

Anna Wilson

But are the memorials raised to honour them beginning to show signs of their age? Are they in need of restoration before the end of the war is commemorated in 2018?

Towns and villages in the Waveney Valley now have an opportunity to share in a multi-million pound fund to ensure that memorials stand as a proper mark of respect to the thousands of soldiers who died in the two world wars.

A free workshop is to be held on March 19 at the Pulham St Mary Pennoyer Centre to explain the memorial programme, and how communities can restore and conserve them for the future.

Waveney Valley Community Archaeology Group will host the workshop which will be run by Civic Voice, a charity which promotes civic pride.

Anna Wilson, of Civic Voice, said: “Our war memorials deserve to be treated with the same respect as those they commemorate.

“A £5 million fund has been made available by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to help ensure that local communities can access the funds they need to repair, protect and conserve war memorials across the country, so that they can remain places of respect for future generations and help people to better understand what happened a century ago.”

Andrew McDonald, of the archaeology group, said the workshop was part of an important national project.

“It’s ambition is that as we head towards the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day on November 11, 2018, we can ensure that all our war memorials are in the best possible condition to commemorate the centenary of the end of the Great War, which was one of the pivotal events in the last 1000 years of our history.”

n To reserve a place on the workshop, email waveneyarchaeology@gmail.com or ring (01379) 855096 or email info@civicvoice.org.uk, or go to http://waveneyarchaeology.org/diary/war-memorials

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