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Fairfield war memorial project moves a step closer to reality

Fairfield war memorial appeal, Wayne Taylor presents the freemasons donation to Marian Wright and Rev Carl Edwards

Fairfield war memorial appeal, Wayne Taylor presents the freemasons donation to Marian Wright and Rev Carl Edwards

A project to create a lasting memorial to Fairfield’s fallen heroes has taken a major step forward.

The area lost more than 100 residents in the First and Second World Wars, yet there is no lasting memorial to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

A group of locals have spent several months working on a project to create a memorial for the area, and have just received a £500 donation from the Phoenix Lodge of St Ann Freemasons, based in Buxton.

Brother Wayne Taylor, who presented the cheque to Marion Wright and the Reverend Carl Edwards on behalf of the fund, said: “In this special centenary year of the outbreak of WW1 it was felt that the brave men and women of Fairfield who died for our freedom in both World Wars be given a more accessible token of remembrance in a public area befitting their sacrifice within the parish.”

The architectural drawings are in the final stages and it is hoped within the next month to have the final permissions granted so the materials needed can be sourced. The local territorial army unit will then build the memorial.

The advice and skills of a stone mason are still needed for the project. Donations, small or large, will be appreciated and can be sent to St Peter’s Church, Fairfield, with cheques made payable to St Peter’s Church (Fairfield Memorial Fund). Organisers of the project are trying to find out information on some of the people whose names are listed on the memorial plaques at St Peter’s Church.

If anyone can identify any of those listed, then they can be added to the Book of Remembrance currently in the church. Email any information to buxton_blade@sky.com or to marionwright716@gmail.com

 

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