Former member of Dronfield Civic Society and local Tree Warden, Jim Barden together with former Chairman of DCS, John Harvey, both campaigned for the War Memorial to be cleaned in this, the centenary year marking the end of the First World War.
Work to spruce up Dronfield’s War Memorial was completed in time for the November Commemorations as a fitting tribute to The Fallen from our town. The Civic Society made a contribution towards the cost of the renovation work which included repointing the stonework and cleaning the soldier. The War Memorial had become quite discoloured due to its location under trees. Using the image sliders at the bottom of the page, you can see the amazing difference that has been made by comparing "before" and "after" shots.
Jim said, "I first brought this to the attention of Dronfield Town Council but was disappointed with the reaction I initially got. But I think it is clear to everyone now just what a difference the work has made. A big thank you must go to Dronfield Civic Society for their generous financial contribution and for helping make this a reality."
Jim thanked the Civic Society at the November talk held at St Andrew’s Church and has since decided to renew his membership of the Society to help with projects like this for the benefit of the town.
"As we reflect on the events of the First World War that saw so many people make the ultimate sacrifice, we believe it is vital that we ensure our memorials are fitting tributes to the fallen."