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Volunteers needed as First World War Memorials Programme comes to the Bear Steps Shrewsbury

Daniel Kawczynski MP urges Shrewsbury residents to save local war memorials

The First World War Memorials Programme, launched by Prime Minister David Cameron in 2014, is calling for people in Shropshire to join a new front line of volunteers.

With the help of Civic Voice, one of the four partner organisations running the programme, Shrewsbury Civic Society is hosting a workshop to encourage volunteers to record the condition of the area’s war memorials.

Funding is available for the repair and conservation of memorials, but help is needed to find them and record their condition first, using a simple survey. Commenting on the programme, Daniel Kawczynski, MP for Shrewsbury and Atcham, said: “The First World War Memorials Programme is a campaign I support whole heartedly. Civic Voice has done a great job at engaging the country in the programme and I encourage those in my constituency to get involved too. With the recent centenary commemorations of the Battle of the Somme there is no better time for the country to get involved and remember those who fell during the First World War.”

Martina Chamberlain of Shrewsbury Civic Society added: “If people from every area of the county were to undertake a simple survey of their local war memorial the result could be that all of Shropshire’s memorials could be in really good condition by 2018 when the commemoration of the end of the war takes place. We at Shrewsbury Civic Society are proud to be doing our bit.”

Come to the free workshop being held in Shrewsbury on Saturday July 23rd, 9.45am – 1.30pm, at Bear Steps, St. Alkmonds Place, Shrewsbury SY1 1UH. Reserve your free place by visiting www.civicvoice.org.uk/get-involved/events/ and following the links or contact info@civicvoice.org.uk or tel: 0151 707 4319.

Richard Bishop Photography

Shrewsbury Civic Society’s Martina Chamberlain with new recruit Daniel Daniel Kawczynski documenting one of Shropshire’s prominent war memorials in the Quarry.

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