Many of you will have seen that important restoration work is underway on our war memorial. It is expected that all the works will be completed by mid to end of August. The lettering has been re-carved and sharpened as necessary, probably 30% of all names by individual letter or part letter. The War Memorial Trust are very keen that as little as possible is done to the monument in order to preserve the original design and works.
The next step is to re-carve and sharpen the badges and wreaths as appropriate, also taking care to do as little as absolutely required. Following that the rifle will be repaired, with a newly carved piece to match the existing stonework but replacing the missing part. A copy is to be made based upon other similar designs of memorial in the Surrey.
Finally, a final clean and wash will bring the memorial up to the best condition we can expect for its 98 years of age.
Although the newly re-carved parts will show clearly and stand out as new and obvious over the next year or so, they will age and weather until there is no difference from the original stonework.