Restoring a memorial

Two of the councillors who helped restore the war memorial Anthony Casson (left) and Rodney Grocock.
Two of the councillors who helped restore the war memorial Anthony Casson (left) and Rodney Grocock.

THATCHERS have helped restore a village’s war memorial with the help of South Holland district councillors’ cash.

The Lychgate, at Weston St Mary’s Church, has a new roof after ward councillors Anthony Casson, Rodney Grocock and Andrew Woolf assigned £500 each from their member budgets.

The tribute, which commemorates 27 of The Fallen from the village and nearby who lost their lives in the First World War, has stood as the entrance to the churchyard since 1921.

Reed and long straw thatcher Clive Dodson, of Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, carried out the re-roofing work on the structure, which is maintained by Weston Parish Council.

Coun Casson said: “The Lychgate is not only important to the village as a memorial to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country but also enhances the views of the church and street scene.”