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: SCS Web Editor

Robin Braysher joined the SCS in 2003 and soon after became editor of the Society's journal - 'The New Mosquito' - a role he held until 2008. He then became the Society's web editor, a role he seems unable to shake off. 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. Opinions expressed in these posts are his and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Society.