Commemorative trees at Sandham Memorial Chapel

My thanks go to Paul Grist, Property Operations Manager at Sandham Memorial Chapel, for sharing this news with us.

In 1960 the Salonika Reunion Association donated two oak trees to the chapel to commemorate artist, Sir Stanley Spencer.  The donation was commemorated by a plaque which, over time, has rather suffered the ravages of the English weather!  To mark the centenary, Paul’s predecessor, Alison Paton, thought that it would be a fitting moment to undertake some restoration of the plaque and so, with advice from National Trust conservators, the plaque was removed and taken home by Alison for cleaning and restoration.  Following this renovation, the newly restored plaque has been returned to the bench beneath the first oak tree. Photos below show the amazing transformation.

A photo of the Stanley Spencer commemorative plaque, before restoration.
A photo of the Stanley Spencer commemorative plaque, after restoration. By Paul Grist of Sandham memorial Chapel.

Author: scswebeditor

Robin Braysher joined the SCS in 2003 and from 2008 has been the Society's web editor. His interest in the campaign comes from his grandfather, Fred, who served as a cyclist with the BSF from 1915 to 1917, mainly in the Struma valley. Robin hands over the role in October 2021 to Andy Hutt. Andy's interest in the campaign comes from his grandfather, Arthur, who served as a Royal Engineer from 1916-1918. All posts prior to February 2021 are by Robin. Opinions expressed in these posts are personal and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Society.

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