War Memorial Appeal

School War Memorial & Roll of Honour: Refurbishment Appeal

In December 2005 the association was approached by the then headmaster of the Humphry Davy School to see if the Old Penwithians would be willing to help with the refurbishment of the school war memorial in the assembly hall.  At the reunion at the end of December all present agreed that the association should support any such project.

 

Since then the school has commissioned a report by a conservation consultant who has concluded that the memorial is in a good state of repair with no structural damage or rot.  However, he did identify costs for filling the gaps between the panels and cleaning etc.  The report makes two proposals: to carry out a refurbishment of the memorial in situ or a much more costly refurbishment involving relocation.  The first, cheaper  proposal has been adopted and this will cost in the region of £5000.

 

The association has now agreed, with the support of the school governors, to launch an appeal to help fund the project.  We hope, in due course, to apply for a grant from the War Memorials Trust but that will provide at best only 50% of the cost. We are, therefore, looking to raise a minimum of £2500 to carry out the refurbishment. To that end a letter has been sent out to all Old Penwithians on the association’s database appealing for contributions towards a memorial refurbishment fund.

 

If you are an old boy of the school but have not received a letter, or perhaps you are a descendant of an old boy who served his country during the First World War, and you would like to make a contribution to the fund, please contact the secretary.  In the event of the project not going ahead all donations will be returned.