October 4, 2018

It was lights, camera and action here at Burslem recently!

Cinematographer David Doré and local history enthusiast Richard Snow visited us to film our stonemason working on new plaques for the war memorial in Pembury village.

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Burslem’s stonemason is filmed in action as he handcarves names into plaque

Burslem was very proud to be asked to produce the new memorial plaques commemorating the Pembury men killed in action in both World Wars.

The memorial featuring the new plaques will be unveiled by Lord Colgrain, Deputy Lieutenant of Kent on Remembrance Day and Mr Doré will be filming the event.

Mr Snow has been campaigning to replace the existing memorial in the village since a relative of one of the WW1 veterans got in touch with the Parish Council to let them know his Great-Great Uncle Jim H. Woodhams’ name was missing from the memorial.

It was also discovered that there were several spelling errors on the inscribed names and the bronze plaques on the memorial, installed in 1921 and 1949 (WW1 and then WW2), were starting to look aged and tarnished.

Mr Snow approached members of the local community and before long had raised funds to have new memorial plaques commissioned.

Burslem’s skilled stonemasons have hand-carved the names into the stone, which now includes Mr Woodhams. As well as replacing the aged existing bronze plaques with new Portland stone plaques Burslem will carry out extensive cleaning of the war memorial.

Mr Doré’s film ‘Pembury Remembers’, produced to commemorate the Centenary of WW1, will include scenes from Tyne Cot, Langemarck and the Menin Gate along with interviews with relatives of the Pembury men who lost their lives in the Wars. It will be screened on 6th December at Pembury Baptist Church at 7.30pm.

Read more about Burslem’s work producing and restoring war memorials and public commemorations here.

To speak to a member of the Burslem team contact us here.



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