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Wednesday 19 November 2014

Council Leader hands £2,400 boost to church war memorial


Cheshire East Council Leader Michael Jones has handed a £2,400 boost to a scheme to renovate a church memorial to local war heroes.

The Council grant money will help repair and refurbish the church gateway of St Boniface, in Bunbury, which serves a memorial to those who lost their lives in both world wars and subsequent conflicts.

The cheque presentation followed a successful application to the Cheshire East War Memorial grant scheme.

Councillor Michael Jones, Leader of Cheshire East Council, presented the cheque for £2,400 when he visited the church for a well-attended service of remembrance.

Cllr Jones said: “I was pleased to be at St Boniface to present the grant award on behalf of Cheshire East Council.

“The money will support the refurbishment of the memorial gateway, which commemorates and recognises those who gave their lives for their country. Supporting important projects like this one is the right thing for us to do.”

Accepting the cheque on behalf of the team involved in the refurbishment project, parish vicar the Rev Tim Hayward said: “The war memorial gates project is a great example of all the community coming together.

“We had folk from the Church, the Royal British Legion, the parish council, the school and, of course, from Cheshire East, who all gave very generously. We had quite a stretch in terms of the target we had to reach.

“We applied for a number of grants to support the project, including this one from Cheshire East and, very kindly, they awarded us a grant of £2,400, without which we simply wouldn’t have been able to do the refurbishments – so we are very grateful.”

The total cost of the memorial gates refurbishment was £8,700.

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