War memorial funds bid

Hoghton war memorial

Hoghton war memorial

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A village is hoping planned work on its war memorial will be finished in time for this year’s Remembrance Day ceremony in November.

Funding is currently being sourced for the Hoghton war memorial project.

Extensive work - including lifting the surrounding setts - needs to be done.

Hoghton Parish Council chairman, Coun David Dickinson, reported on the outcome of a meeting with the lead officer for the project assigned by Chorley Council last week. Funding and other arrangements are due to be discussed at a meeting on Monday.

Coun Dickinson said the parish council was seeking a grant of £4,800 and would top that up with £2,000 of its own money.

The work is to be carried out after Chorley Council contacted parish and town councils asking if they needed help with cleaning and minor repairs to their war memorials.

At the same time Hoghton contacted the borough council about extensive work needed on its war memorial which was considerably more than the local authority envisaged.

The scheme has now been adopted as a Chorley Council neighbourhood project and could cost a total of £15,000, said the council.

Support is also being sought form the War Memorials Trust.

The War Memorials Trust works for the protection and conservation of war memorials in the UK, providing advice and information to anyone as well as running grant schemes for the repair and conservation of war memorials.

Hoghton Parish Council received a grant of £500 from Lancashire County Council for work to the war memorial in July 2011.

Coun Dickinson said: “We’re lifting the setts surrounding the memorial, that will be done in sections, and repairing damage to the bottom of the war memorial itself.

“It needs doing. We’ve tried to get this organised for a while. This is our main project.

“We’re all happy about it and hopefully it comes to fruition.

“We’re looking for funding form Chorley Council and have applied to other people.

“We’d like to get it done before Remembrance Sunday.”

Local historian Steve Williams, who is also involved with the Chorley Remembers project, revealed: “Hoghton war memorial was unveiled on January 12, 1924, by Sir James de Hoghton Bt, who gave the land. It cost £1,000.”

At the unveiling were Rev Jackson from Holy Trinity in Hoghton and Rev ET Kerry MA MC, who was the vicar of Heyside in Oldham. He had served with the 127th Brigade at Gallipoli in 1915.

Steve has a new Facebook Page ‘BrindleHoghtonhistory’.