The Parish Clerk as asked for quotes for re-painting and repairing damaged or missing letters. It was noted on inspection that the lettering on the first world war section was that of flush lead lettering which was in a very poor condition with many letters damaged and without the necessary lead inlay for painting.
Due to the condition of the lettering and the uneven and gouged surfaces of the lead it would almost be impossible to re-paint them to a satisfactory finish.
On the World War 2 section of the panel lead letters have been adhered to cover the original lettering with a number of them missing, this method would have almost certainly been done in an attempt to solve the same problems of the lettering on the World War 1 panel. These raised letters will eventually fall off as there is no physical key to retain them, leaving this section in a poor state of repair just as the World War 1 section.
The original flush lead lettering method on granite is no longer carried out by masons, so there isn’t an option to rework the flush lead letters.
The Parish Council is looking for ideas on how to improve the War Memorial which will be discussed in more detail at the next Parish Council Meeting Wednesday 11th April 7:30pm Mawdesley Village Hall. All suggestions welcome