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Bishop’s Stortford war memorial to be repaired and cleaned after town council secures grant

Bishop’s Stortford war memorial is in line for a spruce-up after a grant was secured for repairs.

The stone obelisk in Castle Gardens, bearing 208 names of the fallen from the First World War and 106 from the Second World War, is showing wear and tear and is in need of a clean.

Last year Mark Greatbatch, Navy veteran and founder of the Bishop’s Stortford Armed Forces & Veterans Breakfast Club, raised the issue of damage to the memorial. He highlighted crumbling masonry and concerns about how the area was being landscaped as part of the Castle Park £3.5m regeneration scheme.

Bishop's Stortford's war memorial
Bishop's Stortford's war memorial

Bishop’s Stortford Town Council, which manages Castle Gardens and the memorial, has been successful in applying for a grant for some of the repairs from the War Memorials Trust (WMT).

In early November the town council and East Herts Council issued a joint statement revealing that repointing work and step repairs would not be done in time for the Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday services.

The WMT will fund the cost of repairs to cracked stonework, while the town council will pay for repointing of construction joints with an appropriate lime mortar, careful removal of defective/loose mortar from construction joints and cleaning of the steps.

A spokesperson for the town council said the work would be carried out this year, but added: “Due to scaffolding, the memorial will need to be cleaned before or after D-Day events, depending on when the contractor (chosen by WMT) can carry out the work.”

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