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Shorncliffe Trust Big Society heritage initiative launch

On Sunday 22nd January the Shorncliffe Trust is launching the European Heritage and Commemoration Initiative, whose main aim is to encourage proactive support and maintenance of the graves and memorials of those who gave their lives fighting for this country in the UK and in Europe.

This initiative is hoping to encourage ordinary people, schools and communities to “adopt” a soldiers grave or memorial long forgotten by friends, family and society. The Trust has taken advice from Royal Parks and Councils who currently maintain the cemeteries that extra support would be welcome.

Chris Shaw, Chairman of the Shorncliffe Trust says “In light of the increasing theft and damage to graves and memorials, we are asking people if they would be willing to act as a surrogate family for those who no longer have visitors to tend their grave. This is a true ‘Big Society’ style project which unites the public with different supportive organisations under one umbrella.”

The launch event will be in two parts, firstly at the grave of Sergeant Baller in Brompton Cemetery, Earls Court and then at the Rifle Brigade Memorial in Victoria, Central London. The Trust will be laying a wooden marker at Sergeant Ballers grave and then laying a wreath at the memorial.

The planned event itinerary is to be as follows:
Date and time: 10.30am Sunday 22nd January 2012
Place: Old Brompton Cemetery, Earls Court, London, SW10 9UG
Meet: North Gate, Brompton Cemetery. 10-10.30am
Commemorative Service.
Nearest Tube: West Brompton/Earls Court (Warwick Road Exit)
http://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/brompton_cemetery/

Then moving to 95th Rifle and Rifle Brigade Memorial, Victoria. London. SW1
Date and time: 12.30pm Sunday 22nd January 2012
Place: Corner of Grosvenor Place and Lower Grosvenor Place.
Meet: Lower Grosvenor Gardens 12 noon -12.30pm
Laying of wreath for General Robert “Black Bob” Craufurd and the men of the 95th of the Forlorn Hope as well of the Combatants and the Civilians of Ciudad Rodrigo.

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