Unlike most towns and villages South Wingfield did not have a war memorial to commemorate the service personnel from the parish who were killed during the 2 world wars and later conflicts. Villagers were keen to address this and the South Wingfield Local History Group (SWLHG) took up the challenge. Over the past 2 years they have been researching and fundraising to build a memorial wall in the Market Place.
In April this year SWLHG staged a popular exhibition to highlight their work celebrating the history and heritage of the Parish. A key feature of the exhibition was the biographies of the service personnel from the 2 world wars and the plans for the war memorial. We awarded them a £500 Action Grant to help stage the exhibition.
The exhibition marked the culmination of fundraising for the war memorial, the target of £10,000 had been reached and the memorial got underway. Generous donations had been given by a large number of parishioners, local businesses and organisations, the parish council, and from the Community Leadership Fund of County Councillor member for Ripley West and Heage, Councillor Trevor Ainsworth.
Carol Brown, chair of SWLHG said:
“The project has sparked interest and enthusiasm throughout the community who are keen to remember those who gave their lives in the world wars. The building of the war memorial has been a significant achievement by the parish. It was made possible by numerous donations and the members of SWLHG giving their time and expertise; researching the biographies of the service personnel, undertaking design and arranging construction and fundraising.
“We’re really grateful to all those who have given time and money to support us. Getting an Action Grant from the county council was an important part of this. It was easy to apply for and we got a decision in just a few weeks”.
Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Leadership, Culture and Tourism, Councillor Barry Lewis said:
“I’m delighted to see that South Wingfield now has its own war memorial. This is thanks to the tireless hard work and dedication of the local history group with the support and enthusiasm of local residents. I am glad that we have been able to give the group some help through our Action Grants and hope that this will encourage other groups to apply.”
The Action Grant scheme supports community groups across Derbyshire with their activities. There are 2,000 grants of up to £500 to help groups fund projects and events which will benefit their local communities. There are also some larger grants of £5,000 and £10,000 for new projects which offer long-term benefits for local people and promote 2 or more of the Action Grant themes. We've now awarded Action Grants totalling £375,000 to 462 groups across Derbyshire in the first 4 rounds of the scheme since it launched in May 2018. The scheme runs until 31 May 2020 and all the details including information about the grants already awarded are available.