Following the Remembrance Service on Sunday 13th November 2022, a special event was held at the Village Hall to officially launch the War Memorial Restoration Fund. The memorial is in desperate need of some tlc and we are looking to raise a total of £10,000.
The team has made a great start with approx £4,620 raised so far and there are a number of fund raising events planned. We will keep you up to date with events and fund raising progress via this website and our village Facebook and Instagram pages.
A Go Fund Me Page has been set up to make it easier for people to donate on-line. Please click this link to donate: https://www.gofundme.com/f/east-farndon-war-memorial-renovation-fund/widget/large
You can also donate by getting in touch with any of the restoration team members or if easier, please email Scott Harrison or Caroline Burton. The team members are Scott Harrison, Jo Shaw, Judy Hodgetts, Jess Oakden, Caroline Burton and Tom Knott.
Restoration Fund Launch Event – 13th November 2022
Scott Harrison and Richard Everard made interesting speeches to officially launch the restoration fund. Both shared some stories from their military service and stressed the importance of local war memorials. Judy Hodgetts and Jess Oakden presented an exhibition of the history of the East Farndon War Memorial. This was keenly read by the event attendees and you can locate this in the village website history section, or access it directly by clicking the link below.
The launch event was attended by 50 plus people and donations for refreshments, jam and cards brought in a tidy sum for the fund.
The East Farndon Women’s Institute presented a framed embroidery that will be on permanent display in the Village Hall. The WI has recently closed, but they have kindly donated a significant sum to the restoration fund. This follows intial donations to the fund from the Parish Council and the East Farndon Jubilee Committee.
Huge thanks to everyone involved and many thanks in advance for your donations to a very worthy cause.
East Farndon War Memorial Restoration Fund – why is it needed?
Over the years, a number of residents have helped to look after the East Farndon War Memorial.
An initiative, initially led by Jess Oakden, Judy Hodgetts and Jo Shaw, identified a desire to clean, repair and refurbish this important village space, potentially including replacing the gravel with stone paving, re-pointing some of the walls and making the steps more even. Quotes have indicated that this work will cost in the order of £10,000.
The Parish Council has overall responsibility for the War Memorial. To support the current team of residents, the Parish Council has formed a War Memorial Restoration working group. The team has been set up to manage this important initiative, especially in relation to raising funds, overseeing building works and organising volunteers to help as needed.
The working group is led by Councillor Scott Harrison and the team will publish regular updates on this website. The team members are Jo Shaw, Judy Hodgetts, Jess Oakden, Caroline Burton and Tom Knott. The group will ensure that any work carried out is fully within the strict War Memorial renovation regulations and guidelines.
All help is greatly appreciated and if you would like to get involved please email Scott Harrison or Caroline Burton. Thank you.