(This email message is especially apt as we prepare to commemorate Remembrance Day in November.)
"During The Great War the fallen had their graves marked with simple inscribed wooden crosses. In the early 1920’s the Imperial War Graves Commission (now the Commonwealth WGC) after a programme of concentration, when outlying graves, allied graves in German battlefield cemeteries and the like were reinterred in IWGC cemeteries, set about replacing these markers with the now familiar Portland headstones.
In a number of instances the original wood markers were returned to families in the UK; some families went on pilgrimages to the Western Front (and other places) to retrieve them. The majority were placed in local churches, or church halls and some in private collections. Given that remains were not returned to the UK but buried where they fell, having something tangible close by must have been a great comfort to families who lost a loved one.
Almost 100 years later these markers still survive. The Returned is a project that a number of amateur historians are undertaking to record for posterity these surviving markers. Results of our work can be found here.
May I make an appeal through you to your congregations to let us know of any that they know either in their own locality or elsewhere so that we can survey them? I can be contacted by email at email@example.com or write to me at the following address:
6A St Andrew Street
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Kinross will benefit from £30,000 to address urgent roof repairs. St. Paul's successfully applied for the grant through the Government-funded Listed Places of Worship: Roof Repair Fund.
Our Bell Tower roof has been in urgent need of repair for many months and that part of our church is currently locked for Health and Safety reasons. The main roof metal work and South side main elevation slating are also in their later stages of life. This grant will enable us to have a safe, watertight, fully functioning vibrant church again. This means our plans to re-order the interior for the benefit of all who attend, and the wider community, can be put into action.
This money is part of a wider funding package of £22.9 million to 401 historic places of worship across the UK. The fund was launched by the Chancellor in his Autumn Statement in December 2014 and the funding package has now seen a total of 903 places of worship across the UK receive a share of £55 million.
The Fund is administered by the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) on behalf of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
A full list of awards across the UK can be found here or here
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