New stone war memorial planned for the centre of Colnbrook village

A new War Memorial in the village could be on the cards if parish councillors win support for a new scheme.

The new plaque mounted on the Diamond Jubilee Clock

The new plaque mounted on the Diamond Jubilee Clock

Parish councillors were told of the idea by Cllr Brooks at the meeting of the Services Committee last month.  He told fellow councillors that that Cllr Elum-Smith would be doing a door to door flyer drop to gauge resident backing for the idea.  At this month’s full Parish meeting Cllr Elum-Smith was formally asked by the chair to work on the project and get more responses possibly by using social media.

The Diamond Jubilee has doubled as a war memorial since the Parish Council unveiled plans in March 2014 to place a plaque on it ahead of the centenary of World War I.  There was outrage in the Summer when the plaque was vandalised.

Cllr Elum-Smith said that the initial thinking was to have a separate memorial to the clock possibly by the Budgen’s store on Bridge Street – but in stone or metal.

The memorial chapel in St Thomas' Church lists 41 from Colnbrook who fell during WWI

The memorial chapel in St Thomas’ Church lists 41 from Colnbrook who fell during WWI

Colnbrook’s existing War Memorial in the north aisle of St Thomas’ Church was consecrated in 1934, some sixteen years after the end of the Great War, and only a few years before the outbreak of World War II.  Colnbrook is perhaps unusual for a village of its size in never having had a permanent war memorial in the traditional style.

Cllr Bryant warned colleagues that engagement with the residents is required “to find out if they want it, what they want and where they want it”.

Cllr Kinane has also offered his support for the scheme.

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