Ludlow benches restored by War Memorial Group

A group of volunteers in Ludlow have been busy restoring benches around the town.

Jean Parker sat on one of the restored benches by Ludlow Castle
Jean Parker sat on one of the restored benches by Ludlow Castle

Members of the Ludlow War Memorial Fund have been raising money over the years to make improvements across town.

It all started back in 2013 when they set the group up to raise more than £10,000 to have the names of fallen soldiers from Ludlow and the surrounding areas installed in the peace memorial in the town square.

Margaret Edwards, who was one of the members who set up the group, said restoring the benches has kept them busy during lockdown.

"We set up the War Memorial Fund in 2013 that was to get all the names of fallen soldiers from Ludlow and the surrounding areas out into the peace memorial in the square," she said.

Jean Parker sat on one of the restored benches

"When that was done, we wanted to carry on doing things around town. A lot of benches were in a state of disrepair around the town so some of our volunteers have been renovating them. We wanted to carry on fundraising and helping the community after we got the names on the memorial.

"Due to the lockdown our activities have been limited, so the work on the benches has taken up a lot of time over the past 12 months.

"The War Memorial Fund was originally set up by myself, Jean and five others to mark World War I – we raised more than £10,000 to have the names installed on the square back in 2016.

"We also had a bench put at the top of town with silhouettes of soldiers cut out. After we achieved all that we wanted to carry on helping on projects.

"Once lockdown is lifted we hope we can carry on doing our displays and exhibitions to raise money for the church."

For more information on the group visit facebook.com/groups/504090740347156

Top Stories

More from the Shropshire Star

UK & International News