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Wednesday, August 13, 2014
A trust established to look after Norwich’s war memorials has launched a new website so members of the public can report any damage or deterioration.
Norwich War Memorial Trust hopes the site will give people the chance to make suggestions about how these important pieces of heritage can be preserved for future generations.
And as the organisation works towards gaining charitable status, trustees hope people holding centenary events will consider raising funds for their cause and make donations through the website.
Trustee Ernie Green said: “We felt we needed something that we could use to keep the citizens of Norwich updated with what’s happening and give them a way of contacting us, perhaps if someone sees something wrong or has a suggestion.”
Norwich War Memorial Trust, whose chairman is Richard Jewson, was formed in 2010 to prevent a repeat of the debacle which left the city’s main monument in a dilapidated state for six years.
The Memorial Gardens in front of City Hall were closed in November 2004 after engineers identified defects within the supporting structure.
However, the finances for the scheme, which involved the repairing of the structure of the Memorial Gardens building, which is a listed monument, fell through several times, much to the disgust of many of the city’s war veterans.
It was not until November 2010 that the gardens were reopened.
The trust, which has applied to the Charity Commission for charitable status, is planning in the next few months to do a tour of about eight to 10 of Norwich’s memorials, taking pictures and making notes about any remedial restoration work that might be necessary.
Mr Green said: “This is the reason why we are appealing for donations, so we can ensure that they are looked after and cleaned.”
The trust acts as a “critical friend” to help, advise and, if necessary, lobby in respect of the upkeep of the publicly owned and maintained war memorials.
Among Norwich’s memorials is one to those who died in the Boer War, which sits on an island at the junction of Castle Meadow and Market Avenue.
Designed in 1903 by George and Fairfax Wade, it consists of a high granite and Portland stone plinth with ionic columns at the four corners. It includes a bronze angel of peace with outspread wings.
Other memorials of note include the Edith Cavell memorial at Norwich Cathedral and two war memorials at Earlham Cemetery.
The new website can be found at www.warmemorialtrustnorwich.com
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