We're taking the lead in an important project to carry out condition surveys of over 100 war memorials in Ramsgate and are looking for local volunteers who might be willing to help.

We feel that on the centenary of the First World War as we reflect on the events that saw so many people make the ultimate sacrifice, we believe it is vital to ensure our memorials are fitting tributes to the fallen. The project is part of a joint effort between Civic Voice, The War memorials Trust and The Imperial War Museum to help conserve and protect the nation's war memorials for the long term but will rely on local volunteers available to assess their condition to that steps can be taken to preserve them in the proper way.

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Launched by Prime Minister David Cameron over a year ago, the programme aims to inspire local communities across the country to survey and conserve their local war memorials to ensure that by the end of the centenary of the First World War, as many war memorials as possible are in good condition and 'fitting tributes to the fallen'.

Funding is available from the Government for the repair and conservation of war memorials, but we need the help of local volunteers to locate them and record their condition using a simple on line survey form. With over 100 war memorials in Ramsgate alone there is no better time to make the tributes in Ramsgate ‘fit for heroes’.

South Thanet MP Craig MacKinlay, who is also Chair of the All party Parliamentary Group for Civic Societies said “I think this is a very important project. Though there are a great many war memorials on the national register there are very few condition surveys. One of the main objectives of the survey will be to get a national picture of the condition of our war memorials and this can be used to prioritise the £5million funding that the government have made available for restoration work. I applaud the Ramsgate Society for taking this project on locally and I urge local people to come forward and volunteer to undertake these simple online surveys.”

John Walker, Chairman of the Ramsgate Society said: “The surveys are very easy to do and local people who are interested in helping us with this should email our committee member This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register their interest. Irene will be organising a workshop locally to be delivered by Civic Voice showing people how to complete the online survey forms. We hope to get started on this in the spring and the project has to be completed by 11th November 2018, the 100th anniversary of the end of The First World War.”

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