Dedication for restored Braunton War Memorial

THE war memorial at Braunton has been restored to its former glory and is to be rededicated at a special service in St Brannocks Church on Sunday, August 16 The memorial at the south entrance of the church commemorates those men from the village who died

THE war memorial at Braunton has been restored to its former glory and is to be rededicated at a special service in St Brannocks Church on Sunday, August 16

The memorial at the south entrance of the church commemorates those men from the village who died in the First World War, but had become damaged by the passage of years until its recent restoration.

The rededication service is open to all and takes place at 3.30pm. It is hoped some of the decedents of those whose names are on the memorial will attend, as well as anyone who wishes to remember those who have died in other conflicts, but all are welcome.

The memorial is built from North Somerset stone and was initially erected on November 2, 1921 but over the years the weather has darkened the stone and damage had occurred. Now the damaged stone has been replaced and the memorial cleaned.


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It was made possible by a grant from former county councillor Jenny Jenkins, who died recently following a three year battle with cancer. It is hoped the memorial a lasting testimony to her commitment to the village.

"During the service we shall be remembering all those who have lost their lives whilst serving their country," said the Vicar of Braunton, the Reverend Anne Thorne.

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"The service will then move outside when we shall focus on those for whom the memorial was erected. This is an important day and we hope to see many local families at the service."

The memorial restoration work was carried out by Carrek Limited, which also replaced one of the stone blocks with a replacement quarried from the same part of Somerset.

All are very welcome to attend the service, but anyone who wants to check if they are related to someone on the memorial can call the church office on (01271) 813367.

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