Appeal launched for Cemetery Chapel memorial window - The Evesham Observer

Appeal launched for Cemetery Chapel memorial window

Evesham Editorial 4th Nov, 2016 Updated: 4th Nov, 2016   0

COUNCIL chiefs have launched an appeal to raise £49,000 for a stained glass window at the Cemetery Chapel to commemorate Pershore’s fallen heroes.

Residents are being invited to lend their backing to Pershore Town Council’s appeal for the window which will serve as a permanent memorial to all those who served, at home and abroad, during the First and Second World Wars as well as showing Pershore at peace today.

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The design of the proposed stained glass window. (s)

Designed by John Harris, the left hand window will represent the First World War, the right hand the Second World War and the centre pane will feature images of Pershore’s landmarks and history.

The Town Council has already applied for grants to try to secure some funding for the window, but are hoping the shortfall will be plugged by residents and businesses through sponsorship.




Council chiefs will also be holding a number of fund-raising events, including selling cards and a 500 club where residents could pay a monthly fee for the chance of winning up to £400 a month- and at the same time raising money for the window.

It’s hoped the window will be installed and unveiled in time for a dedication service in November 2018 as Pershore and the country as a whole commemorates 100 years since the end of the First World War.


Speaking to the Observer, the Mayor of Pershore Coun Bob Gillmor, said: “We’ve been working on the design for a couple of years on the cemetery committee, the Town Council have approved it, and we’re now looking to the public to support us.

“Hopefully we’ll raise the money in time to be able to put the window in by 2018 to commemorate the end of the First World War.

“The concept is one window for the First World War on the left, and then the Second World War on the right, and in the centre a celebration of all that’s good in Pershore and the contribution Pershore made to the success of winning the two World Wars.

“It’s a remembrance, not a celebration, of the two wars which ties in with the fact we have war graves in the cemetery and looking forward to a peaceful future. “

Coun Chris Parsons MBE, Chairman of the Cemetery Committee, said: “We feel it will be very attractive to groups of school children to come up here and learn about family history and the history of Pershore.

“The design has got so much of Pershore life in it. It will be more than a glance at the window; people will have to look at it for some considerable time to take in all that’s been portrayed in the windows,” he added.

Anyone interested in making a donation or supporting the project can e-mail Town Clerk Ann Dobbins on [email protected] or call 01386 561561

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