SHIRLEY war memorial is set to get spruced up ahead of the centenary of Armistice Day thanks to a grant.
A whopping £4,020 has been awarded for some restoration work from Grants for War Memorials scheme supported by History England and the Wolfson Foundation.
The money will enable it to be cleaned, some damage restored and the re-carving of some of the names which are gradually becoming illegible by specialist approved contractors who will use the recommended method of cleaning as agreed with the War Memorials Trust.
Those leading the project are representatives of St James Church, Shirley Royal British Legion and Shirley Lions together with Councillor Brian Holmes.
Oragnisers believe the expected cost is around £6,500 for the upcoming works.
They are hoping to raise an additional £5,000 to top up funds needed for this set of work and to go towards future maintenance of the memorial.
Shirley Lions have announced it will set the ball rolling with a donation of £1,000.
The memorial, which stands in the grounds of St James’ Church, has been the focal point of the annual Remembrance Day service since 1921 when it was unveiled.
Frances Moreton, director at War Memorials Trust said: “War memorials are a tangible connection to our shared past creating a link between the fallen and today. It is vital we ensure all our war memorials are in the best possible condition for their age and the charity is delighted to support this project.
“The Centenary of World War One is a wonderful opportunity for local communities across the country to protect and conserve their war memorials.”
Donations can be made by post or in person to The Parish Office, Church Rd, Shirley, B90 2AX or by bank transfer to sort code 30-97-57 account 00492117, payable to Shirley War Memorial, St James.
Alternatively donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/shirleywarmemorial