Image above: the vandalised memorial in Bedford Park
The Bedford Park Society has announced that full funding has been secured to restore the damaged Grade II listed Bedford Park War Memorial outside St Michael and All Angels Church.
During 2021 the Memorial was vandalised, and bronze plaques recording the names of 44 of the servicemen from Bedford Park who died during the 1914-1918 World War were stolen.
Funding for the war memorial was originally raised by members of the Bedford Park Club, which was disbanded many years ago. As perhaps the closest current manifestation of this community group, the Society decided to take the lead in attempting to restore the Memorial.
Having received an anonymous donation towards the cost of the restoration, the society then worked to secure the balance of the funds. With the support of local Hounslow councillors, the society managed to secure a grant from the Hounslow Thriving Communities Fund, which ensured full funding for the war memorial plaques to be restored in 2022.
Bedford Park Society Chair, Helen Jameson said:
“We are very grateful to George Butlin for working with local specialist supplier Rivermeade to source a suitable replacement plaque using brass with bronze patination, which is visually ‘like for like’ but less likely to be stolen. Thanks are also due to Councillors [Patrick] Barr, [Theo] Dennison, [Gerald] MacGregor and [John] Todd for their enthusiastic support of the project.”
The work is expected to be completed in time for this year’s Armistice Day commemorations.
Stories of the lives of the individuals whose names appear on the various war memorials associated with St Michael and All Angels Church can be found here – a project carried out by St Michael’s, started in 2014.
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