New community backed war memorial ready to help honour the fallen

A successful community campaign in Red Lodge to mark the centenary of the end of World War One this year will see a new War Memorial in place ready for November 11.

The Rt Revd Dr Mike Harrison, the Suffragan Bishop of Dunwich will lead a special ceremony on Wednesday, November 7, for the dedication of the new memorial at 2.20pm.

The campaign follows requests by residents in the area to see a more appropriate War Memorial for Red Lodge.

A group, made up of representatives of Forest Heath District, Red Lodge Parish Council as well as the local school and church, have led on the fundraising.

Before the dedication ceremony St Christopher’s School will host an assembly at 2pm. The children will have an opportunity to meet Bishop Mike and also learn a little more about remembrance.

From 2.15pm there will be a procession from the school to the new memorial and Bishop Mike will lead a dedication and prayer which everyone is welcome to attend. This will be followed by refreshments in the Millennium Centre.

The group put forward a selection of designed proposals with 98% of respondents saying they would like the memorial with a plain granite face and featuring a laurel wreath.

Goymour Homes, who own the grass land on the corner of Heatherset Way and Warren Road, has given permission to site the new war memorial on their land.

Funding of around £17,000 has been found by the group from grants and public fundraising.

Lance Stanbury, who represents Red Lodge at Forest Heath District Council, and is chairman of the War Memorial Committee, said: “Our community wants an appropriate memorial to properly mark the sacrifice made by local people in all conflicts since World War I.

“This is a collective community project and we are delighted that not only have residents helped finalise the design but organisations have come together to make it a reality. Whilst Red Lodge is a new community, it is very clear current and future generations want to show their respect and remember the fallen at a fitting memorial. I know everyone who has worked on this are very pleased that it looks like we can achieve this ready to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War One on November 11. We would like to invite everyone to attend the special ceremony on November 7 and of course remembrance day itself.”

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