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.
Since the original posting on this site residents will, we hope, have seen the huge improvement in the stonework following the work done on cleaning and repointing. Stonewest have done a superb job and we are now awaiting the arrival back of the railings in their new black paint to put the whole Memorial back into pristine condition. This has not been achieved without hard work by Committee Members of the Residents' Association and although "blowing our own trumpet", this is just one achievement amongst others that mostly goes unsung. Well done us!.
The ARA also 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.