Colliers help to pave the way for Capel St Mary’s first ever war memorial
Unlike many other Suffolk towns and villages Capel St Mary does not have a memorial to commemorate those in its communities who died in the two world wars of the last century. The village would have had a memorial to men from the village who lost their lives serving their country but the money collected for it back in the 1920s was given instead to the old Ipswich Hospital to help fund treatment for the wounded.
Now fittingly, 100 years after the end of the First World War, Capel St Mary’s first ever war memorial will be officially unveiled on the 11th November. Work is on-going but until the Dedication in November, the monument and memorial garden will be enclosed in boarding painted with murals by East Bergholt High School students.
The war memorial has been a project which has energised the local community and beyond, to engage in a number of fundraising activities, all under the guidance of Capel St Mary War Memorial Fund and its Chairman Group Captain Gary Bunkell.
Collier & Catchpole is one of the local businesses to lend its support by donating the paving slabs to be used as part of the landscaping project for the memorial. It is not the first memorial in which this independent builders’ merchant has been involved. Back in 2013, Collier & Catchpole donated the materials for a monument on the Ipswich Road, Colchester to commemorate the crew of a Lancaster bomber which crashed as it tried an emergency landing at Boxted Airfield in 1944.
Managing Director Tim Rowbottom explains why these projects are so important:
“We are a family firm with roots in East Anglia, going back almost 200 years. As a business, it is a strong sense of community which sets us apart from other merchants. We recognise the importance of this and are happy to lend our strength, which is being a supplier of the best quality building materials, to key local community projects.”
For further information and details of other key supporters, see: www.capelmemorial.org.uk project website.