November 2018 One Monday morning last summer, we were quite shocked to discover that the church’s First World war Memorial had literally fallen off the wall. Although the frame looked sound, the back had rotted badly and the nails rusted until they could no longer hold. Amazingly only one corner was damaged. Over the summer the memorial was re-built, using English Oak for the frame, the backing was treated with aluminium paint and stainless steel screws were used. The wall was cleaned and the corner of the memorial was re-built, using as much of the original as possible.
On the Friday before Remembrance Sunday the re-furbised memorial was up back, not without difficulty as it is very heavy. Out thanks to John Breidis for all his work and making it look so good, and hopefully it will be good for another 100 years!
July 2018 The church’s First World War Memorial has simply fallen off the wall. This is exactly the scene we found on Snday morning. Our guess is that we had overlooked the way in which dry rot and/or damp eliminated from this part of the building over the last couple of years made eaten away at the wooden surround on which the memorial was mounted. The mount must have swung through 90 degrees as it fell, and the stone memorial must have swung through a further 90 degrees as it sheered away from its backing. Remarkably, only one small corner of the memorial appears to have been damaged. It would be quite a challenge to get it repaired and remounted in time for the centenary of the Armistice which is only four months away.