Village to create a memorial to fallen

The favoured site for a village war memorial in Ribchester, off Greenside
The favoured site for a village war memorial in Ribchester, off Greenside

Moves to create a village war memorial in Ribchester have taken a further step forward with a well attended public meeting of the newly-formed Ribchester War Memorial Association.

“Its purpose was to explain what was proposed, and to seek approval for a draft constitution and proposals that a steering committee under the chairmanship of Roy Skilbeck had prepared,” said resident Christopher Ratcliff, explaining the formation of the association had come about following the national intention to commemorate the centenary of the start of World War One.

He said the meeting acknowledged memorials already existed in the churches of St Wilfrid and St Peter and St Paul, but steering committee member Marc Mallam explained the association aimed to create and maintain a public memorial to commemorate all those from the village who had given their lives during the two World Wars and conflicts since then, as a place of peace and reflection, so these sacrifices would be forever remembered.

The constitution and the composition of the management committee were confirmed unanimously by the meeting, said Mr Ratcliff, adding the form of the memorial and its location were then discussed.

“After a full explanation of the issues involved, it was agreed a traditional design in granite was preferable to a bespoke design. Various different sites in the village had been appraised but the meeting agreed an area at the east end of the Greenside car-park had the best potential to meet the association’s aims,” he said.

An annual donation of £10 will be sought from subscribers and a public appeal for funding will be made as soon as possible. The committee was urged to register as a charity without delay.

Donations should go to the secretary, Liz Wilkins, 7 Greenside or to Roy Skilbeck, 13 Ribblesdale Road.