The War Memorial is an oft forgotten part of Ashtead's landscape except for the Remembrance Service every November. Apart from that most people walk past it giving it little thought.
Last year the Residents' Association took over the management and care of the War Memorial and in readiness for the centenary of the end of the Great War we have been working towards giving it a facelift. It had been previously under the care of the British Legion but with the Ashtead branch closing the ARA were asked to take on the responsibility.
"So what?" you might say, but the Memorial is in need of some substantial work to repair and repaint the railings and to repair and repoint the stonework and surrounding stone walls and floor. Mole Valley District Council have generously donated money from their Developer funds and we are using this plus a small balance inherited from the Legion to employ two specialist contractors; one for the railings and one for the stonework.
Residents will shortly see the railings being dismantled and removed (20th March). The company will sandblast them back to the metal. Paint primer and topcoat are then electro-statically applied and oven cured.
The york stone paving and walls will be repointed and secured by another company and the WW2 memorial secured in position. In addition the memorial itself will be steam cleaned and repaired.
The ARA thanks St. George's Church and previous members of the British Legion for their help in getting to this point, and we now expect the memorial to be in excellent condition for the centenary celebrations in 2018.