Shortlands War Memorial restoration complete

Published Tuesday, 24 October 2017

The Shortlands War Memorial will be re-dedicated on Sunday 12 November as part of the Remembrance Sunday events.

The news follows the completion of the restoration work by Skillingtons after the much publicised damage when a car collided with the memorial in July 2016, causing severe damage to the Leckhampton stone cross.

The original stonework has now been carefully pieced together, with final restoration work taking place when the much loved memorial was re-installed in Church Road at the junction with Kingswood Road, outside St Mary’s Church.

In a joint statement, Shortlands Ward Councillors Mary Cooke and David Jefferys said, “We are delighted that remembrance services will take place this year, with the carefully restored and repaired memorial cross back again in its original site. The Remembrance Day Service, on Sunday 12 November will include a rededication of this much loved memorial.  It was highly poignant last November when local people, including those from nearby St Marys church, gathered to remember, with a wooden cross at the memorial site following the car accident in July 2016.  It is not surprising that the temporary loss of the war memorial was noticed by local people but it has had a deep affect locally and has been much missed.  This whole experience has underlined the importance to us all of properly remembering the sacrifices made for us and the part that memorials like ours play, especially in this forthcoming year as the centurion of the end of World War One.” 

A memorial and rededication service will take place this November, on Sunday 12th at 10am where there will be a service of Holy Communion in St Mary’s Church followed by a service at 10.45am at the war memorial. Poppies and other tributes will once again be placed at the war memorial which was first unveiled 96 years ago on Sunday 9 October 1921. 

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Editor’s notes

  • The restoration work follows Listed Building consent being granted earlier this year, April, which included liaison with Historic England and the War Memorials Trust. 
  • The restoration costs of the war memorial are subject to an insurance claim and the council is in contact with the insurer of the motor vehicle which collided with the memorial. 
  • For media enquiries, please contact Andrew Rogers, Communications Executive, on 020 8461 7670 or email andrew.rogers@bromley.gov.uk