Andrew Collins, the Navy man leading a campaign to polish up the village war memorial, has booked an overhaul to take place before Remembrance Day, which this year includes commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the WW1 Armistice.

He announced this week that work would start on October 8, although he is still some way off raising the funds.

Horrabridge Cavaliers are organising a fund-raising quiz on Saturday October 6 – offers of support welcomed by Bill Mullery on 854819. And Mr Collins has some other donations promised. But if it costs more, he will pay the difference himself for the time being. Contact him on 07742 050510 or atcollins@hotmail.co.uk

He told the Horrabridge Times:

“When I was a councillor, I began the project of restoring the War Memorial back to its former glory. Although I am no longer a Cllr I am a mlitary man and one that gets on with what I say I will do.

“Following quotes from local and national companies I have accepted a quote and formally appointed a stonemason’s company to commence the works, which include completely re-pointing the walls to the sides and the rear of the cross. Also, the walls and cross will be pressure washed along with re-painting the lettering to all names on both the cross and the rear wall plaque.

I have raised some money but am still around £1500 short of my target. If I am short on funds then I will pay this personally.”

The parish council has left the matter in the hands of Mr Collins and he has the support of the village Combined Service Group.

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