Outlook Issue 18 Winter 2014
News and Views from St. Mary's Woodbridge
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We will remember
We will remember … The historic War Memorial in the Market Square, which commemorates both World Wars, has undergone a complete restoration and redesign. This has been carried out under the auspices of Woodbridge Town Council, who have raised the considerable funding required locally. Local blacksmith, Tom Moye, has overseen the work. The marble statue of Queen Victoria has been cleaned and restored to its former glory, as has the actual memorial which is a Latin Cross inscribed with the Roll of Honour of 189 men who gave their lives in both Wars. A Latin cross, in which the vertical beam sticks above the crossbeam, was thought to denote the exact shape on which Christ was crucified. The names of the men commemorated were subsequently researched in 1998 by a group of local volunteers, who found out as much as they could about the history of each man; it makes fascinating reading and can be accessed on http://www.roll-of- honour.com/Suffolk/Woodbridge.htm. The war memorial was originally unveiled in 1920. In St Mary's Church itself, the fine memorial east window designed by Martin Travers, which depicts the Adoration of the Magi, was installed shortly after World War II. The areas surrounding the War Memorial have been repaved and will be replanted. New flags have been ordered. New lighting and a separate gate for the disabled have been installed. This gate will, it is hoped, enable more people to visit the site. The Garden of Remembrance will be officially re-opened to coincide with the town’s World War I commemorations in conjunction with St Mary's Church. This means that, in addition to the usual Remembrance Day Service on Sunday 9 November, there will be a special ceremony on the centenary date itself, Tuesday 11 November, when the Rector, Canon Kevan McCormack, will rededicate the Memorial and its Garden in the company of Lord Tollemache, Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk, and Councillor Geoff Holdcroft, Mayor of Woodbridge. Sally Carr