Furness Vale WWI memorial saved from skip

St Johns Furness Vale. Geoff Wild who saved the memorial from destruction with the Rev Margaret Owens, Mike Whelan, cllr Suzanne Lomas, Frances Footitt and Sheila Littlewood
St Johns Furness Vale. Geoff Wild who saved the memorial from destruction with the Rev Margaret Owens, Mike Whelan, cllr Suzanne Lomas, Frances Footitt and Sheila Littlewood

A Furness Vale war memorial has been salvaged from the scrap heap and resurrected in a church.

The plaque, featuring the names of all the villagers who fought in the First World War, was rescued from a skip by resident Geoff Wild.

It now has pride of place in the porch of St John’s Church, on Buxton Road.

The monument belonged to the former Furness Vale Methodist Church, which has since been converted into apartments, but was thrown away when it closed down in 2002.

Geoff, of Yeardsley Lane, said: “I asked the stone mason if I could have it, and he said yes. I’m interested in military history and I thought it was a shame to waste it.”

After recovering it, the 68-year-old stored it in his outbuilding for more than a decade before he found it a new home. He said he approached the school and the social club, but neither were willing to accommodate the plaque.

Rev Margaret Owens, vicar at St John’s, said: “These are young men, most of them very young, it’s very appropriate the memorial should remain in the community and they should be remembered. I thank Geoff for looking after it. I should think everybody had forgotten about it.”

Whaley Bridge Town Council donated a grant to the church to fund the hanging of the memorial and planning application to the diocese.