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Prestbury memorial home

Town or City: Cheltenham
County: Gloucestershire
Country: England
WMT Reference Number: WM2819

Value of grant: £2450.00
Type of memorial: Non-Freestanding
Type of work: Conservation and repair
Grant scheme: Small Grants Scheme
Year: 2009

UKNIWM reference number: 49606

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Prestbury war memorial home © Prestbury Memorial Trust, 2008This memorial bungalow is situated in Prestbury, Gloucestershire, next to the Chapel. It is predominantly composed of brick, with a wooden plaque in the front garden. It is part of the Prestbury Memorial Trust.

Prestbury war memorial home porch canopy and windows before repair © Prestbury Memorial Trust, 2008In 2009 War Memorials Trust gave a grant of £2450 towards works to renew features of the bungalow including elements that were becoming unsafe. This included: the replacement of metal windows, doors, fascias, soffits and guttering. The two concrete porch canopies were repaired as they were becoming unsafe; this included the repair of any defective timbers.

This memorial bungalow was designed by Robin Fairhurst who was the County architect for Gloucestershire. In the late 1940s, after the land the memorial is now on had been purchased, a ‘New Home Fund’ was established for parishioners to donate towards the building in memory of those whom had died during World War II. The Home was dedicated by the Vicar on 12th November 1949 and opened by the Patron Mrs Winsome Cumming. This property became the home and surgery for the District Nurse from 1949-1981. This Memorial Home has developed in its capacity over the years in its contribution to the local community, and it is currently occupied by the ‘Village Warden’ who visits the elderly and housebound in a neighbourly capacity.Prestbury war memorial home porch canopy and windows after repair © Prestbury Memorial Trust, 2009

The plaque in the garden reads:

Prestbury Memorial Home Trust

This building was erected
as a memorial to those
parishioners of Prestbury
who gave their lives in the
1939-45 War II
It was opened and dedicated
12. Nov. 1949.

In grateful memory of
Emily Gertrude Jones
who died 10th March 1964
and whose generous legacy
enabled the warden service
to be started in this Parish
in 1969.

In grateful memory of
Edith Mildred Whitaker
who worked so devotedly
for the promotion of
District Nursing in Prestbury
and whose untiring efforts
enabled this bungalow to be built.
She died September 11th 1965.

In memory of
Miss Norah Kathleen Cossens
who died on the 1st February 1976
and whose generous legacy
assisted with the funding of this charity.

Further information

War Memorials Trust reference WM2819
UK National Inventory of War Memorials: 49606

If you have a concern about this memorial please contact the Trust on conservation@warmemorials.org

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