Village memorial nears completion
A war memorial in Colne Engaine is nearly complete three years after the idea was first suggested.
Following three years of planning and fundraising £26,000 was raised to carry out building work.
The new war memorial structure was started earlier this year and will be completed in time for the Public Dedication Service on May 7.
Project patron Field Marshall the Lord Walker of Aldringham will attend the opening along with and musicians from the Parachute Brigade.
The idea has been for the memorial to be a community project, to build a multi-use structure that would incorporate the existing memorial to those who died in the First World War.
It would also have a memorial plaque naming all of those from the village who died in the two world wars.
It is hoped the structure will be used as a place of contemplation and relaxation, as well as a shelter and seating area for parents whose children are using the play area. It will also be used as an educational facility by the village school.
Fundraising for the project has included involvement in the Essex Jailbreak, one team managing to achieve their challenge of reaching the Cape Helles memorial in Gallipoli, Turkey.
This was achieved with assistance from sponsors who paid for the flights and hire car.