The history of local war memorials will be the subject of a presentation for the Woodford and District branch of the National Trust on 15 April.
“My interest in war memorials focuses on two points… Firstly, this country is most certainly a better place than it might have been had we lost the major conflicts in the 20th century. Thus we do, in my view, owe a debt to those commemorated on the memorials… Secondly, I believe war memorials are very much part of our social and cultural heritage,” said Richard Speller, whose talk will take place at All Saints’ Church hall in Woodford Green from 2.30pm (visitors: £3).
“Having been born in Wanstead and attending Forest School, I recollect local Remembrance Day services, at the Wanstead Memorial with its angel, St Mary’s in South Woodford and at my school. I then happened upon the War Memorials Trust, which does such good work in monitoring and providing grants for memorials in need of repair.”
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