PLANS to improve a village war memorial in time for the 100th anniversary of the First World War have stalled due to funding problems.
The Tutbury War Memorials Preservation Committee has revealed that it has been turned down in its latest bid for help from the Co-op Community fund.
The group has been fighting hard to secure cash to spruce up the memorial, located in the churchyard of St Mary the Virgin, in Church Street, to honour the lives of fallen soldiers in time for the centenary next year.
Rick Nuth, of the committee, told the Mail: “We had been considering asking the Co-op Community fund for the remainder but checking their rules suggested that we may not be eligible because we do not own the memorial. We have subsequently checked with them and indeed we are excluded from their grants – so we will have to look elsewhere.”
However, the group is hopeful that a further bid to get funding from the War Memorials Trust is more successful.
The committee also suffered a further setback this week after learning that a charity concert set to raise cash for the memorial had to be cancelled as the majority of performers suddenly fell ill.
Mr Nuth added: “The war memorial was erected by the parish war memorial committee with funds raised by public subscription and dedicated by the Bishop of Stafford in May 1920.
“In 1921, it was handed over to the care of the parochial church council who are represented on the committee. The committee’s only aim for the memorial is to preserve it for future generations and to provide information about the young men who died serving their country.”
Anyone who can help with the restoration plan, can contact Mr and Mrs Nuth on 01283 810166, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or visiting www.tutburywarmemorials.org.uk