WHA is delighted a local war memorial has been preserved for future generations after Warrington Armed Forces Community Support Hub worked to relocate it to the grounds of Heathside Care Home in Penketh.
The memorial was located in the grounds of the Penketh and Great Sankey Royal British Legion Club, a site that is being developed by us. Now the memorial has been moved to a new site at Heathside Care Home – just 400 metres from the original site so the community still have access to pay their respects.
The new memorial was officially unveiled by the Mayor of Warrington, Cllr Karen Mundray on November 1 – in time for the Remembrance Day services and parades.
After the service, 18 residents of Heathside and neighbouring Heathside Mews were presented with Ministry of Defence Veteran’s Lapel Badges by W01 (RSM) Wes Pay, Regimental Sergeant Major of 75 (V) Engineer Regiment.
The local Royal British Legion now plans to re-route the Remembrance Day march to walk past Heathside and the memorial – which is fantastic!
It is great to see partnership work in action with the Gateway organisations, as Warrington Community Living agreed to siting the memorial in the grounds of the care home in partnership with the Hub and we were honoured to donate £200 to help with the memorial ceremony and move.
Warrington Armed Forces Community Support Hub is also currently holding a World War One living history exhibition with volunteers in the Gateway – come along and take a look with your families – it is a great way to learn a piece of important history with them and see replica artefacts and how soldiers would have lived. The exhibition will be available until November 16.