Money needed to help restore war memorial

Suffolk councillor Richard Kemp and Parish councillor John Nunn say a speed hump is needed in Bull Lane as cars speed down there all the time and one day there will be an accident.''FL; Suffolk councillor Richard Kemp and Parish councillor John Nunn.
Suffolk councillor Richard Kemp and Parish councillor John Nunn say a speed hump is needed in Bull Lane as cars speed down there all the time and one day there will be an accident.''FL; Suffolk councillor Richard Kemp and Parish councillor John Nunn.
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Long Melford Parish Council is looking for support from residents at upcoming events as it aims to raise money for repairs to its war memorial.

The monument, which stands at the front of Holy Trinity Church, remembers the local men who gave their lives fighting for their country between 1914 and 1918.

It has suffered from the effects of cold weather in the last decade and the parish council started an appeal two years ago in the hope of restoring the memorial in time for the centenary of the First World War in 2014.

John Nunn, parish and district councillor, said: “The stonework on the bottom half of the memorial has suffered badly from frost. The main cross is about the only thing that won’t need repairing.

“In two years, we have managed to raise around £3,500 and the total bill for the restoration will probably be in excess of £12,000.”

Events including the village’s street fair have contributed to the fund, with £500 handed over from this year’s event, and Mr Nunn explained that other sources were being investigated.

“We are following up different avenues of funding and looking at Lottery grants and money from the National War Memorial Trust,” he said.

“The parish council will probably have to raise about half of the total, so we are a little way off yet.”

The next event in aid of the appeal fund is a performance by the Long Melford Silver Band at the village hall on Saturday, September 21, at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £5 and can be bought from the parish council offices or Long Melford Opticians, both in Hall Street.

Mr Nunn said the Royal British Legion and WI had also expressed an interest in helping with future fundraising events.