First grants awarded from War Memorials Restoration Fund

The Devon Remembers WW1 memorial grant panel met on 25th February, and were very pleased to see 14 very interesting applications for help towards restoration projects.

One thing that stood out from the applications was that the memorials are a valued part of the community, and will form the focus of commemoration events taking place over the next four years. The PCC at Upton Pyne wanted their memorial to look its best when they will host the embroidered banner visits the village on its tour of Devon, where there will be ceremony attended by the Bishop of Exeter. The memorial at Bradninch will also form the focus of a community exhibition. This memorial commemorates the fallen from both the army and the navy and there was clearly some very interesting research being undertaken into the stories that lie behind the names.

It was excellent to see such a variety of memorials being restored – from stone crosses and obelisks, to a stone seat or church clock. The nature of the projects was also varied – from minor works such as replacing worn lettering to more major work such replacement of railings or adding steps to aid safe access to the memorial. All these works, minor or major, will keep memorials in good order well into the future and the Panel was pleased to support the whole range of projects.

The Panel look forward to seeing the next set of applications following the deadline for the second round of grants, which is on 31st May. They are also pleased to be able to accept smaller applications for this round, so communities are welcome to apply for amounts less than the previous minimum of £750. Applicants still need to find 25% of the cost of their projects. All forms and information can be found on the Community Council of Devon and Devon Association of Local Councils websites, and any queries on completing the forms can be emailed to Lesley Smith