A fund-raising campaign has started to restore a dozen forgotten war memorials kept in a church cellar for 60 years.
Parishioner Rita Hayes (68) is appealing for help to raise £1,000 to restore the 12 memorials at Trinity Methodist Church, Wesleyan Row, Clitheroe.
The memorials date from the First World War and include around 100 names of parishioners from Methodist churches in Clitheroe who lost their lives in the Great War or fought. One of the plaques also lists names from the Second Boer War.
They have been stored in Trinity’s cellar after several Methodist churches in town closed.
It is believed the memorials, made out of brass, marble, wood and paper, came from the six different Methodist churches once in town.
Rita has contacted the War Memorials Trust which, it is hoped, will match any money raised to restore the memorials.
Once restored, it is hoped to mount the memorials on the walls of Trinity Methodist Church.
Refurbishment work costing around £400,000 is currently being carried out at the church, which has been closed for services since earlier this year.
Mother-of-two and grandmother-of-three Rita, of Highfield Road, said: “We have been concentrating on raising money for refurbishment work at the church and that work has not yet been completed. So another appeal for funding to just the parishioners at Trinity may not be realistic and that’s why we’re asking the wider community.”
The parishioners have tried to find homes for the memorial plaques in the past without any joy and that’s why they’ve had to be stored in the cellar.
If the fund-raising campaign is successful, it is hoped the memorials can be restored and mounted on a wall in the church.
Rita, a retired midwife, said: “I would very much like to see them restored and hope something can be done.”
To donate money to the campaign, make cheques payable to Clitheroe Methodist Circuit War Memorials Appeal and send to: 28 Highfield Road, Clitheroe, BB7 1NE.