Wellington Lychgate War Memorial benefits from grant

The Wellington Lychgate War Memorial is to benefit from a grant of £10,305 after Telford & Wrekin Council applied to a national grants programme.

Wellington Lychgate War Memorial benefits from grant

The Grants for War Memorial scheme is jointly funded by English Heritage and the Wolfson Foundation for the repair and conservation of freestanding war memorials.

The money will enable essential guttering and drainage work and structural repairs to be carried out to the war memorial at All Saints Church.

Councillor Liz Clare, cabinet member for Leisure Services and Culture, said: "We are delighted that we have been successful with our grant application and this means that we can carry out essential maintenance work to the lychgate to ensure we preserve it for future generations."

Ross Vickers, of Wellington Civic Society, said: "It is wonderful that this project can be carried out, as we remember all the local lads who made the ultimate sacrifice for us."

Paul Ramsbottom, chief executive of the Wolfson Foundation, said: "These memorials are a silent and beautiful witness to lives tragically lost in conflict.

"It is of great importance that they are maintained in excellent condition and not least during this anniversary year.

"The Wolfson Foundation is pleased to be funding this programme of conservation work alongside English Heritage and the War Memorials Trust."

Roger Bowdler, designation director for English Heritage, said: "War memorials are a precious and poignant part of our heritage.

"They are found everywhere and link the tragic impact of worldwide conflicts with local communities across the land.

"English Heritage is committed to helping local communities to cherish and protect their memorials.

"We are delighted to be able to support this project in partnership with the Wolfson Foundation and the War Memorials Trust."