War grant pays for restora­tion of parch­ment

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MOT­TRAM St An­drew Parish Coun­cil has been awarded a grant to make re­pairs to its war me­mo­ri­als.

Cheshire East Coun­cil pro­vided the fund­ing to the coun­cil un­der the War Memo­rial Grant Scheme, which has been set up to fund re­pairs and re­fur­bish­ment of First World War Me­mo­ri­als across the bor­ough.

And the coun­cil has now used the £170 grant to clean and pro­tect an il­lu­mi­nated parch­ment which forms part of the Mot­tram St An­drew Methodist Church’s memo­rial.

Coun Bill Pilk­ing­ton said: “I’d like to thank Cheshire East for their sup­port in this project. Restor­ing the man­u­script was a cen­tral part of our work on the memo­rial.

“We also pro­vided lo­cal fund­ing within the parish, which en­abled us to re­fur­bish the let­ter­ing on the doors and to pro­duce a com­mem­o­ra­tive book. We cer­tainly have en­joyed putting this all to­gether, and it is im­por­tant that we re­mem­ber that more than 20 peo­ple from the vil­lage gave their lives in both world wars.”

Coun David Brown, deputy leader of Cheshire East Coun­cil, vis­ited the church to meet with Coun Pilk­ing­ton, chair­man of Mot­tram St An­drew Parish Coun­cil, and Coun Paul Find­low, ward coun­cil­lor for Prestbury (pic­tured). Af­ter pre­sent­ing the cheque for the money, Coun Brown said: “I’m de­lighted to be here to­day – this is the first cheque I’ve pre­sented for the War Memo­rial Grants, and we’re sup­port­ing 28 projects across the bor­ough. I con­grat­u­late Mot­tram St An­drew for be­ing the first to re­ceive fund­ing, and for com­plet­ing this im­por­tant work.”

Coun Find­low said: “I am highly de­lighted to sup­port the re­fur­bish­ment of this im­por­tant memo­rial, and I would like to pay trib­ute to the chair­man of the Parish Coun­cil, Bill, for all the work he has per­son­ally put into this project.”

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