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WAR MEMORIAL

The Dedication Ceremony 18th June 2006
Roll of Honour - Names
Latest Information - as at May 2006
The Project - How did we do it
Background Information about the Memorial Photograph Gallery

The Dedication Ceremony 18th June 2006

On Sunday 18th June, the village paid tribute to its fallen by turning up in numbers to dedicate a new memorial. The colourful parade marched to the accompaniment of the Essex Yeomanry Band from The Limes up the High Street to the Church grounds. Led by a detachment from the Royal Anglian Regiment, there were 12 standard bearers representing The Royal British Legion, Royal Air Forces Association, Scouts, Girl Guides, Brownies and Cubs.

Veteran Jack Nichols lays a wreath for fallen comrades
The High Street was closed to traffic for the ceremony, which was conducted by Rev. Patrick Sherring. Lord Petre, with assistance from Jack Nichols, the oldest local veteran, unveiled the memorial.
The 100 names inscribed on the memorial were read out by local church leaders. Wreaths were laid in memory of the 77 men who died in the 1st World War and the 23 who died in the Second World War. The Last Post was played by a member of the Essex Yeomanry Band. It was a truly memorable day for Ingatestone & Fryerning.
President Neil Macalister thanked all those who had made such a contribution to the completion of this project and handed over the memorial to Chris Dale, Chairman, Ingatestone & Fryerning Parish Council.

Lord Petre, whose grandfather and great uncle are on the memorial , said: " It is nice that all these names will be remembered in perpetuity"

Members of Ingatestone & District Camera Club took many photographs on the day, many of which can be viewed in their website gallery

 

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Background Information about the Memorial

Centennial Rotary International 2004 - 2005
The Rotary Club of Ingatestone decided to mark Rotary International's Centenary by raising the money for a new War Memorial in Ingatestone..
100 Years of Rotary

The Parishes of Ingatestone and Fryerninghave never had a proper War memorial, such as those which can be seen in most towns and villages, and our enquiries have shown that most of the parishioners are unaware of the existence of the rather insignificant memorial at the end of Star Lane.
The members of the Rotary Club of Ingatestone decided that a new memorial would be a fitting testament to those who gave their lives for our freedom and would be an appropriate way of commemorating 100 years of Rotary service to their communities.
It is important that the new memorial should occupy a prominent position within the village and the general consensus of opinion among those with whom the project has been discussed is that a position in front of the Church, but fairly near to the road and to one side so as not to distract from the High Street, would be most suitable.
We are extremely fortunate that the Parochial Church Council is very supportive of the project and at a recent site meeting, it was agreed that an ideal location would be as indicated on the site plan which forms part of this presentation.
This particular location has a number of distinct advantages:-
  • The land is owned by the Church, but has not been used for burials or consecrate
  • There is adequate space for ceremonies such as take place on Remembrance Sundays
  • The positioning of the memorial will not detract from the view of the Church
Suggestions have been sought from monumental masons and others regarding the design of the memorial and an obelisk manufactured by Haddonstone has been selected as being most suitable, bearing in mind that anyone unfortunate to be killed in future conflicts may be of various religions.
The obelisk will extend to a height of 2672mm (8' 9") above the level of the surrounding steps and will have the appearance of natural stone.
Planning Permission has been granted by the Brentwood Borough Council and the D.A.C. (Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches) has given its approval. It was originally hoped that the memorial would be in place for Remembrance Sunday in 2005 but time did not now allow for this.

The names of those to be commemorated will be engraved on bronze plates to be inserted into the base recesses.
Gill Beach of the Ingatestone and Fryerning Historical and Archaeological Society has been researching the names of those killed in the First and Second World Wars and Foster Summerson of The Western Front Association has been most helpful in respect of those who fell in the First World War. The lists are on display and contain far more names than had previously been realised.

The approximate cost of the project will be over £7500. The money required has now been donated or pledged to the Rotary Club, which has sponsored this memorial project    [as at May 2006].


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Also to Brentwood Borough Council Community Initiatives Fund for their support.
 
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We are also grateful to The Western Front Association for their support.
 
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The Rotary Club of Ingatestone are exceedingly grateful to the residents of Ingatestone and Fryerning and to relatives of the fallen for their generous donations to fund this new memorial.

 
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Latest Information - as at May 2006

The plans for the commemoration of the new War Memorial are now well advanced.

The Memorial has been manufactured and the on site construction work will be carried out by Bloomfield Construction Limited during the next two months, ready for the unveiling ceremony and service of commemoration on Sunday 18th June at 4.30 p.m. The steps have been put in place and the obelisk will be installed week commencing 29th May.

There will be a parade along the High Street by a detachment of the Royal Anglian Regiment, the Girl Guides, Brownies, Scouts and representatives of the British Legion and The Western Front Association. We have now found the oldest Ingatestone Veteran of the War, Mr Jack Nichols, who will lay a wreath at the new Memorial.

The service will be conducted by Rev. Patrick Sherring, assisted by local church leaders. Music will be by The Essex Yeomanry Band, conducted by Band Leader, Murray Smith.

The unveiling will be undertaken by Lord Petre, the Lord Lieutenant of Essex, and the names of those who died in the service of their country will be read by representatives of the four parish churches, with the Last Post played by a bugler of the Royal Anglian Regiment. The salute will be taken by The Lord Petre.

The Brentwood Video Club will be recording the event, and similarly the Ingatestone Camera Club, and a programme will be published when the arrangements have been finalised.

All are welcome to attend the ceremony and, although car parking within the immediate vicinity will probably prove to be inadequate, there is a large car park at the railway station, which is only a short distance away

A book containing further details of those whose names will be on the Memorial has been compiled by Gill Beach of the Ingatestone and Fryerning Historical and Archaeological Society and if anyone has photographs or other details which may be of interest she would like to hear from them.

We would like to thank those who have donated so generously towards the cost of the project and would remind others who may wish to contribute that they should contact any member of the Ingatestone Rotary Club.

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