Work begins on war memorial restoration
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.
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