Recently completed conservation work on the Woodbridge School war memorial was made possible thanks to funding from the Hopkins Homes War Memorials fund. The war memorial was re-dedicated at the school’s Remembrance Service on 11th November, marking the centenary of the Great War.
Woodbridge-based Hopkins Homes announced the £10,000 per year war memorial fund last year as part of their £500,000 Hopkins Charitable Fund. The war memorial fund is specifically allocated to support the conservation of East Anglia’s war memorials.
Woodbridge School war memorial was originally unveiled in 1921 to commemorate the 58 former Woodbridge School pupils who died in World War I. One of whom was Lieutenant Edward St Hilary Lingwood. The memorial was designed by Lieutenant Lingwood’s father to record the school’s feelings of pride in and reverence for the names of its fallen sons.
Joshua Hopkins, former pupil of Woodbridge School and Land Buyer at Hopkins Homes said: “As a former pupil, I’m very aware of the efforts Woodbridge School undertakes to ensure those connected with the school that gave their lives in the Great War continue to be remembered and honoured. It was a privilege to be invited and attend the re-dedication at this year’s Remembrance Service in the centenary year.”
Hopkins Homes has donated over £3,000 to the conservation work. The donation has been put towards the cleaning of the memorial, brick and stone repairs, preservation of the inscriptions and restoring paving slabs surrounding the memorial. The work has been completed by Woodbridge-based stoneworkers F Masters.
Joshua continued: “As well as my personal connection to the school, Hopkins Homes’ head office is in Woodbridge, so I’m delighted that our Hopkins War Memorial Fund has been able to provide funding to support the recent conservation work.
“Given East Anglia’s historical and ongoing connection with the armed forces it’s fitting that part of our charitable fund is dedicated to supporting the war memorials which play a key role as a focal point for communities, particularly in this centenary anniversary year of the end of World War I.”
Dr Robson, Headmaster of Woodbridge School, commented on the restoration work: “Commemorating the centenary of the Great War is of great significance to all of us here at Woodbridge School. We are proud of our long history and the sacrifices given by our predecessors. Our school community, including members of the Combined Cadet Force, staff and Old Boys and girls came together on Sunday to pay tribute.
“We are very grateful to Hopkins Homes for their kind donation in helping us to complete the conservation work. It was great to welcome Joshua back to the school at the Remembrance Service on 11th November and show him where the donation has been used.”
The Hopkins Homes War Memorial fund is administered by War Memorials Trust. It is believed that up to 8,000 of the UK’s estimated 100,000 war memorials are in poor or very bad condition. War Memorials Trust is the only charity in the UK which works solely for their protection. Since it was founded 20 years ago, it has administered more than £4 million to 1,800 communities looking to repair and conserve their memorials.
Grant application deadlines are quarterly, those interested in applying will be asked to complete a simple pre-application form to check eligibility. To find out more about War Memorials Trust and how to apply for a grant please visit www.warmemorials.org