Service to celebrate St Peter's Church War Memorial re-dedication

Published on 13th June 2018

limstone war memorial at st peter's restored

Service to mark the re-dedication and restoration of the war memorial on Sunday 17 June, 10am.

As part of Cheltenham Borough Council’s ‘Cheltenham Remembers’ project to commemorate World War One, The Rock at St Peter’s Church are inviting the public to their ceremony to mark the re-dedication and restoration of the war memorial on Sunday 17 June, 10am.

After years of standing alongside the Tewkesbury Road the limestone war memorial had been cleansed, letters re-carved and damaged stones replaced.

Funding for the project has been secured from the War Memorials Trust, the council’s Community Pride fund and the Diocese of Gloucester. The repair work was carried out by SSH Conservation and managed by David Odgers, who led on the conservation of the war memorial in the Promenade.

Sharon Macauly, project administrator from The Rock youth work charity, says: “The Rock in recent years has organised a community Act of Remembrance at the war memorial. This year it is even more special as we hold a service to Rededicate the War Memorial and remember the 134 local men who fell in World War One. We also celebrate our collaboration with the council, partners and all those who have helped in the restoration of this memorial. The service will offer opportunity to mark the restoration work and reflect on those who served and give of themselves for our country.”

Councillor Flo Clucas, who is involved in the Cheltenham Remembers project, continued: “I’m pleased that we were able to be part of the repair and conservation work at St Peter’s. These are not just names carved in a memorial, but reminders of real people who gave everything for their community.

“By helping to fund this project we leave a legacy of safeguarding the memorial as a focus of commemoration and remembrance for the community so that generations can continue to pay their respects.”

Local schools and choirs will be performing 'Saturn' from The Planets and I Vow To Thee My Country  both pieces of music written by Gustav Holst, who was involved in World War One.

Laura Kinnear, curator of the Holst Birthplace Museum who has been working in conjunction with the Rock to organise the music for the event says: ‘’Holst went to Salonika, Greece to teach music to the troops in 1918. He believed that music was for everyone, and so therefore it is fitting that music performed by the local community will be part of this special event.’’  

For further information please contact Sharon Macauly at The Rock on 01242 700700 or email sharon@therock.uk.com .


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