As reported in the Great Barr Observer tonight and here on FACEBOOK that the Lottery funding was received for the Barr Beacon memorial.
BREAKING NEWS: Barr Beacon War Memorial is to be restored to its former glory after securing a £440,000 Lottery grant. The Heritage Lottery Fund has announced that the owners of the historic monument – which has been repeatedly targeted by metal thieves over the past two years, stripping copper off its domed roof and causing thousands of pounds’ worth of damage – have been successful in their bid for cash.
Now work can begin on the three-year project to transform the monument and the rest of the 240-acre site – helping it to once again be the jewel in Great Barr’s crown. A full restoration of the site’s heritage features – including a rare design of flagpole and an historic tree plantation, in addition to the war memorial – will now be possible.
Once restored, the monument will be re-dedicated as a memorial to servicemen and women throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, while the funding will also play an important role in bringing the site to life as a valued community resource. Services of Remembrance are also planned to be held at the site once the work is completed.
Well done to all involved but I have one reservation.
Unless there are regular security patrols up there then we may see further damage.