The Remembrance Day service at the town cenotaph was well attended on Sunday. Wreaths were laid by local organisations and individuals. John Getgood laid the Borough wreath, Kathy Bance the wreath from our MP, Jim Dowd. Peter Fookes attended the ceremony at Holy Trinity Church. There was also a good turn out from the Army and Air Force Cadets, which was good to see.
The temporary plaques put up by the council to replace the stolen bronze plaques did include the names of the dead, which was appreciated by those attending. The colour of the temporary plaques is a bit out of keeping but the best that could be done in the time available. The efforts of Bromley Council in making this possible were appreciated. We hope it is not too long before permanent replacements can be ordered but there is a delay in finding the funding. It was also suggested that the names of the 2nd World War dead should be added to the memorial. We shall keep you informed of further developments.
The Vicar of St John’s, RevDaron Medway, took the service. He is having repair work done at the church. In relation to the plaques, we discussed the spreading use of “smart-water” identification marking to help prevent such thefts. This is now being used on a number of sensitive local sites, including the church.
The clock in the bell tower has now been repaired. It will be commissioned for use once the rest of the repair work has been completed to stop it being damaged again by building dust. Hopefully, this will be next spring. The repairs were paid for from local fundraising as well as Bromley Council and the Heritage Lottery fund. Rev Medway acknowledged the work of Lennie – Top Banana – in getting the process underway.