Help needed to raise £6k for Clevedon war memorial

PUBLISHED: 13:00 02 August 2018

The Clevedon war memorial shortly after its opening in 1918.

The Clevedon war memorial shortly after its opening in 1918.


Thousands of pounds are needed to restore a century-old war memorial ahead of Remembrance Day.

The Clevedon war memorial in Walton Road today.The Clevedon war memorial in Walton Road today.

A group, led by the Reverend Prebendary Noel Hector of All Saints Church, has launched an appeal to raise the cash to restore the Walton Road memorial in Clevedon.

The memorial was completed before World War One finished and was opened with a procession on July 27, 1918, some months before the signing of the armistice.

It has the names of 35 men from Clevedon who gave their lives in both world wars after being subsequently updated.

The appeal was launched with the objective to raise £25,000 to restore the memorial but after £19,000 in generous grants from The War Memorial Trust, The Sabina Sutherland Trust and the Clevedon Civic Society, the group must now raise the remaining £6,000.

The Clevedon war memorial shortly after its opening in 1918.The Clevedon war memorial shortly after its opening in 1918.

All Saints’ churchwarden Peter Chambers said the memorial is a ‘significant’ part of the town and its people.

He added: “Each year on Remembrance Sunday the church congregation leads a procession to the memorial where the names of the fallen are read out and a trumpeter sounds the Last Post.

“The building of the memorial was driven by sadness and sense of loss by the closing stages of war.

“Sir Arthur Elton of Clevedon Court donated the land and the community centred on All Saints Church funded the build.

“The designer was the nationally famous Gothic revival artist Sir Ninian Comper.”

Over the years the memorial has had work done to cope with minor repairs, wear and vandalism.

Mr Chambers said: “More recently the roots of a nearby tree have pushed up the floor of the memorial and moved or cracked some of the stones with the names (on).

“Weather damage has flaked much of the stonework, both on the plinth and the calvary.

“Now, after 100 years, the memorial is looking shabby and not a fitting tribute. A thorough restoration is due and hopefully in time to honour the fallen on the centenary of the finish of the war.”

A re-dedication service will be held on November 11 to mark the anniversary of the end of World War One and the restored memorial.

To donate, call the parish office on 01275 873257.

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