Essex town could be getting new war memorial

THAXTED could soon get a monument-style war memorial to honour its fallen after a questionnaire drew 200 responses.

The town has never had a traditional memorial and there have been two failed attempts since the Second World War to erect something of this type.

The focus of the remembrance service is a stone set in the wall of Thaxted Parish Church. But the parish council sent out the survey and of those returned, 99 per cent said that the current arrangement is insufficient.

Council clerk Julie Abel said: “It was a very useful exercise in establishing the strength of local support for a new war memorial, and residents’ responses were also helpful in identifying several possible sites for it, including The Bullring, Margaret Street Car Park, Margaret Gardens and Thaxted Parish Church.”

The parish council has formed a small working party consisting of chairman John Freeman, and councillors Ray Williams and Victoria Knight.

It is anticipated a group will be formed comprising councillors, a representative from the Royal British Legion, ex- service men, church leaders, fundraisers and others with particular expertise to look more closely at the current arrangements.

Anyone who has not yet expressed a view or wishes to be involved in the review should contact Mrs Abel on 01371 831952.