War Memorial

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT STONE LAID AT WAR MEMORIAL

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT STONE LAID AT WAR MEMORIAL

6 NOVEMBER 2020

Ledbury Town Council are pleased to announce that a Memorial Stone acknowledging the very kind donation from Mr Stuart Heaton has finally be laid at the War Memorial in High street. Mr Heaton very generously donated over £30,000 towards the recent refurbishment of the War Memorial and it had been hoped that he would be able to attend an event in December to mark the 100th year of the War Memorial, however Covid has prevented this.

Mr Heaton is very keen to visit Ledbury to view the refurbishment works and the stone laid acknowledging his generous contribution, and it is hoped that he will be able to visit the town in 2021, subject to Covid restrictions being lifted.

Angie Price, Town Clerk

Ledbury Town Council are pleased to announce the completion of the refurbishment works to the War Memorial in High Street.

The works to the Memorial were carried out by the Stone Workshop at a cost of Just over £30,000 plus VAT.   Mr Stuart Heaton, a former Ledbury resident who now lives in London very kindly donated £30,000 toward the cost of the refurbishment and a flag stone will be laid at the Memorial thanking Mr Heaton for this very generous donation. Click here to see the letter from Mr Heaton

The works included the removal of the cobbled area around the Memorial with them being replaced with paving stones.  The base stones have been replaced with new and some work carried out on the plinth to repair the edges due to there being considerable damage. On cleaning the spire it became apparent that the top section of the spire was in a poor condition and it was agreed that this would be replaced at an additional cost to the original quote, the cost of which would be borne by the Town Council.  An Aco drain system has been installed around the base of the Memorial to help with water drainage and to help prevent future water damage and subsidence. 

There are plans to hold a rededication of the War Memorial, however this will now take place in 2021 to enable Mr Heaton to join the Town for this and hopefully to enable more of the town to participate, once social distancing rules are hopefully relaxed.

There will be a ceremony of remembrance at the Memorial on VJ Day on Saturday, 15 August 2020 to remember those who lost their lives in the Far East during World War II.  This will consist of a small congregation of family members of those named on the Memorial who lost their lives in the Far East, along with the Town Mayor and Councillors and representatives of the Royal British Legion.

4 NOVEMBER 2020

The British Legion, Ledbury Branch and Ledbury Town Council would like to remind residents that due to the Covid-19 lockdown there will be no parade or Service of Remembrance at the War memorial this year.

To ensure social distancing and gathering guidelines are adhered to we would ask that members of the public avoid congregating at the War Memorial at 11.00 am,  instead we would ask that you all join in an Act of Remembrance by standing on your doorstep or wherever you are at 11.00 am on Sunday, 8 and Wednesday, 11 November 2020.

As with the Rainbows in support of the Covid heroes we would like to ask that you “Colour a poppy” and display it in your windows.  You can find the template for these at the following link:

https://www.colouringheroes.com/remembranceday?fbclid=IwAR0PyQhO9-l4VFjjnATGqSPgjTqYd-EtUAdODtEXfjqihjmRcLeHEZVq90k

“WE WILL REMEMBER THEM”

2020 SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE  

Following consultation between the British Legion, Ledbury Branch and Ledbury Town Council it has been agreed that due to the Covid-19 they will not be organising a parade or Act of Remembrance in the Town Centre and at the War memorial this year.  The Town Mayor, President of the British Legion Ledbury Branch and the Queens Representative will be asked to lay their wreaths at 11.00 am on Sunday, 8 November 2020.  We

Anyone wishing to lay a wreath at the Memorial in Remembrance is being asked to do so at a time of their choosing over the period 7 – 11 November.

The own Mayor said “I am, of course, disappointed that this year’s Remembrance Sunday event will not be of the same scale as we usually see.  It is vitally important that we protect Ledbury’s most vulnerable people, and the decision not to hold a public wreath laying was taken with this in mind.  Regardless of the circumstances, or physical location in which we each find ourselves, the whole of Ledbury will come together in spirit to remember those who fell for our freedoms.  We will do so with solemn dignity and an unwavering belief that those who sacrificed themselves did not do so in vain”

To ensure social distancing and gathering guidelines are adhered to we would ask that members of the public avoid congregating at the War Memorial at 11.00 am,  instead we would ask that you all join in an Act of Remembrance by standing on your doorstep or wherever you are at 11.00 am on Sunday, 8 and Wednesday, 11 November.

Following 20-years’ service as the organiser of wreaths and poppies, Lloyd Meredith stood down in 2019 and Mrs Brenda Hill has now taken up this role.  Due to Covid-19 there will be fewer poppy sellers around the town this year, however you will be able to get your poppy from the following shops within the town:

Ledbury News, Gaynans Jewellers, One Stop and the Post Office Counter, Wellworth. It and the Homend and Parkway Garages

There will also be 8 volunteers in various locations in the town centre following the launch of the Poppy Appeal on 22 October 2020.

As with the Rainbows in support of the Covid heroes we would like to ask that you “Colour a poppy” and display it in your windows.  You can find the template for these at the following link:

https://www.colouringheroes.com/remembranceday?fbclid=IwAR0PyQhO9-l4VFjjnATGqSPgjTqYd-EtUAdODtEXfjqihjmRcLeHEZVq90k

“WE WILL REMEMBER THEM”

Click on a name below to read the pages from the Books of Remembrance which are on display in St Michael and All Angels’ church Ledbury.

Eighty five men from Ledbury died in the First World War. Their names are recorded on the War Memorial in the High Street and the First World War Memorial in St Michael’s church.

There are five Commonwealth War Grave Commission graves in the Town Cemetery.

These Books of Remembrance are the result of research in 2012 by Jennifer Harrison.

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