Project Clockface

Project Clockface by Gill Hucker and Grant Elliott

We would like to thank everyone in the Parish and beyond who is helping support the fund raising project for the village’s war memorial clock restoration. The good news is that our Pie & Pudding evenings in the Crooked Spire, together with our call for donations and Battle of Loos leaflet, has got us off to a good start. So far we have raised over £1,500.00 in this way. We have also been successful with a couple of grant applications. South Hams District Council has awarded a grant payment of £700.00 through their Sustainability Locality Fund. Cllr Tom Holway, who was instrumental in awarding the grant says “I was particularly happy to support this project because it will remind everyone that the clock was given to Ermington in memory of one of the thousands of people who gave their lives for the cause, and perhaps remind us all that time should be for living and not for fighting”. Additionally, Ermington Parish Council agreed to top up the grant payment by awarding a further grant of £300.00, which brings the total received from grants up to £1,000.00. So overall, we have raised over £2,500.00 so far, which is over 40% of our target. We are now looking forward towards the Summer Fair on the afternoon of 24th June, where we shall have a stall selling jams and chutneys. If you are able to help by providing a jar or two of jam, or are able to help out on the stall on the day, please contact Gill or Grant. In any event, please do come along and support us and buy something from us at the fair. We would also like people to start collecting their copper coins and small change and bring this along to our collection point on the stall. This is a great way for all the family to get involved, including the children. Finally, it is worth remembering that we have now passed the centenary since the IWM (Imperial War Museums) was created. IWM was established while the First World War was still being fought, as a record of the toil and sacrifice of those who had served in uniform or worked on the home front. A group of dedicated men and women worked hard to ensure that a wide range of people and experiences were represented. Their work continues to this day, which includes providing resources to help groups commemorate the impact of the war in their own communities, such as ours. Using photographs provided by IMW, we have produced a commemorative booklet for the project. The booklet will be on sale at various village events throughout the year. Please support the project by buying a copy. The booklet tells the story of Captain Gransmore’s fatal involvement at the Battle of Loos and how his family gave the clock to the village in memory of their loss. For any more information on the project, or if you would like to organise a special event, please contact any member of the group:

The Gransmore War Memorial Clock Project
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