Work be­gins on war memo­rial restora­tion

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

THE restora­tion project for Ken­ning­ton’s war memo­rial has been for­mally launched.

Cam­paign­ers and sup­port­ers met last week at the site to un­veil the first phase of the work, es­ti­mated at £9,500.

The scheme, sup­ported by Deputy Lord Lieu­tenant of Kent Peter Bishop, is to re­store the memo­rial for its 60th an­niver­sary this year.

Those at the cer­e­mony also in­cluded project or­gan­is­ers Kent Com­mu­nity Fo­rum, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil and con­trac­tors.

Phase one in­volves re­pair­ing the roof and oak frame and re­mov­ing graf­fiti and is ex­pected to fin­ish in six weeks.

Some of the money was raised by a Spon­sor a Shin­gle cam­paign last sum­mer to pro­vide shin­gle ma­te­rial for the roof.

Phase two, es­ti­mated at £7,500, in­cludes, re­in­stat­ing benches and phase three in­volves restor­ing the gar­den.

The memo­rial shel­ter and gar­den of re­mem­brance, at the junc­tion of Ul­ley Road and Up­per Vicarage Road, were for­mally opened on Re­mem­brance Sun­day, 1950.

The memo­rial is for Ken­ning­ton peo­ple killed dur­ing the Sec­ond World War but there is also nearby a tablet nam­ing 17 ser­vice­men and five civil­ians who died dur­ing the First World War.

Pic­ture: Gary Browne PD1663148

Chris Mor­ley, of Ken­ning­ton Com­mu­nity Fo­rum, right, at the launch of the war memo­rial restora­tion pro­gramme with, from left, Grant Bescoby, Tony Hicks, Gra­ham Stevens, Robin Britcher, Michelle Kyrne, Peter Bishop and An­thony Baines

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