On the 1st May members of the Ringwood Branch of the Royal British Legion presented a cheque to Cllr Philip Day, Deputy Town Mayor and Mr Chris Wilkins, Town Clerk to launch the appeal to raise £5,000 for the new Memorial Lantern to be installed on the front of Ringwood Gateway.
Discussions began in 2017 about replacing the present lantern, which originally was to be used only for a year, with something unique and permanent to commemorate the end of WW1, as a significant mark of the Town’s recognition of the Centenary.
The Policy and Finance Committee of Ringwood Town Council, voted to support this project in March 2018.
When first installed in 2014, the Lantern was initially to be lit on the anniversary of the death of every Ringwood service man or woman for the whole of the following year, with the names of those being remembered being listed month by month on one of the Public notice boards outside the Gateway.
The idea of having the Lantern lit to remember those who had died in service met with such wide approval from the community that it has continued to be lit over the years since its dedication.
The design of the new Lantern, as shown in the artist impressions, is centred around the figure of a kneeling soldier, and incorporates a lantern based on a WW1 Trench Lamp.
It will be seen from all three directions from which people approach or pass the Gateway building.
The words ’We will remember them’ will be inset onto the building.
This permanent Lantern will be lit on days when serving Ringwood Service personnel, in conflicts past and future, have died.
The Appeal aims to reach the target in time for the new Lantern to be installed before Remembrance Sunday, 11th November, which this year is being recognised nationally as the Centenary of the end of WW1.
It is hoped that the general public, companies and local organisations will support this Project.
Monies can be contributed via BACS, via an on-line crowd funding page, by cheque or by cash donations at the Ringwood Gateway enquiry desk.
More information is available in a printed leaflet, copies of which are available widely in the Town and from the Council offices in the Gateway.
BACS: Payee ‘Ringwood Town Council’, sort code 30-97-08 account number 00215966 – please quote reference ‘Lantern’
On-line crowd funding page www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/Ringwood-Lantern
Cheques should be made payable to: Ringwood Town Council and have ‘Lantern’ written on the reverse.