Of course it was also realised that a monument and a website would be costly, so fund raising events and appeals were launched within the parish. In response, donations were made by many parishioners and grant funding was successfully applied for, to the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Adrian Wright, a Lancashire based sculptor, was commissioned and, with his help, the monument was designed. D&M Creative, a Burnley based web design company, was also commissioned to design and develop the website.
By mid 2015, a total of twenty five parishioners had been identified at which point a decision was made to complete the monument, leaving space for the engraving of additional parishioner’s names, should any be identified.
Throughout the summer and autumn of 2015, many visits were made to Adrian Wright’s workshop to agree the final design of the monument. Adrian’s patience was tested to the full on many of these visits, as design changes were requested which necessitated him to ‘sharpen his chisel’ yet again.
At the same time, extensive landscaping was carried out on part of the church grounds by Landcare to create a ‘Peace Garden’ as an appropriate setting for the monument and to provide an area of quiet reflection, accessible to all. By late November the monument was finished and it was erected in the garden the following month.
During 2016, following further detailed research into the life histories of the twenty five, website design commenced. Again, many hours of work have gone into this side of the project with D&M Creative not just designing but advising on, and accommodating, our needs. The website will continue to be a ’work in progress’ for some time, but the planning of it has been such that it will be sustainable for future years.
It is now known that our parish lost more than the twenty five men we have identified; Diocese and other records indicate this with some certainty, but individual details have not yet been uncovered. So the work to identify the others who gave their lives continues and will do so until all our known war dead are identified.