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Gosberton War Memorial site to be cleaned up, 100 years after original design was produced




Work to improve the appearance of Gosberton War Memorial is set to get under way in time for November’s Remembrance Sunday commemorations.

An inspection of the village by parish councillors and staff found that the grade II-listed monument, located at the junction of High Street and Mill Lane, was untidy and overgrown with weeds.

Estimates of the costs to tidy up the War Memorial are being sought in the month when, 100 years ago, the original design was produced of the lasting tribute to more than 50 men from the village who died in the First World War. The names of those killed in the Second World war were added after that conflict.

The Rev Ian Walters, vicar of Gosberton and chairman of Gosberton's Royal British Legion branch, Major Ron Meredith, branch president, and Debbie Reynolds, branch treasurer.Photo by Tim Wilson.SG-221018-5
The Rev Ian Walters, vicar of Gosberton and chairman of Gosberton's Royal British Legion branch, Major Ron Meredith, branch president, and Debbie Reynolds, branch treasurer.Photo by Tim Wilson.SG-221018-5

The vicar of Gosberton, the Rev Ian Walterssaid: “I believe the war memorial to be a very important part of the village, signifying our remembrance of, and tribute to, the young people from local families who lost their lives fighting for the freedom of their country and Europe.

“This is something close to my family as my late father was a D-Day veteran whose parents came from the local area.

“As a gardener, I am aware that weeds spring up fairly quickly in this warm weather as a result of the frequent showers and I appreciate that the parish council cannot guarantee the area surrounding the War Memorial will always be in spotless condition.

The Rev Ian Walters, vicar of Gosberton and chairman of Gosberton's Royal British Legion branch, Major Ron Meredith, branch president, and Debbie Reynolds, branch treasurer.Photo by Tim Wilson.SG-221018-4
The Rev Ian Walters, vicar of Gosberton and chairman of Gosberton's Royal British Legion branch, Major Ron Meredith, branch president, and Debbie Reynolds, branch treasurer.Photo by Tim Wilson.SG-221018-4

“However, the council has been quite vigilant in keeping it in good condition in previous years and I am confident it will find a solution to maintain it well for the future.”

Gosberton War Memorial was cleaned up last year ahead of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War in November 1918.

An anonymous donor funded the work and, ten months on, another donation has been received for the latest clean-up.

Coun John Clark, parish council chairman, said: “We’re now in the process of tidying up the garden around the War Memorial to make it look much nicer.

Coun John Clark, chairman of Gosberton Parish Council.Photo by Tim Wilson.
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Coun John Clark, chairman of Gosberton Parish Council.Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-170719-073TW

“The council is waiting for a few quotes for the work to come in, but somebody has come forward out of the blue with a donation after seeing their father’s name on the War Memorial.”

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