This November will mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.
With this in mind, a group representing Alderley Edge Parish Council and the churches in the village has come together with the aim of organising a tribute to all those in the village who gave their lives in the war.
At the same time, they hope to raise funds to help veterans of more recent armed conflicts by participating in the national ‘The But Not There’ initiative.
There But Not There
A charity called ‘Remembered’ has commissioned artist Martin Barraud to design installations featuring silhouettes of First World War soldiers.
He has created a number of poignant figures under the title ‘There But Not There’.
The largest of these is 1.8m tall, and represents the outline of a WW1 soldier with his head bowed.
The group in Alderley Edge would like to buy at least one of these, to be placed at selected locations round the village and at Alderley Edge Cenotaph on Remembrance Day.
The cost of each figure is £625 (excluding VAT) and Alderley Edge Parish Council has agreed to fund the £325 of this, as long as others (individuals, businesses and organisations in the village) donate the remaining £300.
If more than this is raised, then the group says it will purchase additional figures – with any eventual surplus being donated directly to the charity.
Cllr Geoff Hall from Alderley Edge Parish Council explained: “This will not only benefit the village, it is part of a nationwide initiative, which will link us to communities across the country, with Alderley Edge being one of the few places in Cheshire to be featured on an online map as part of the ‘Remembered Network’.”
At the moment, the only other Cheshire village to be listed is Tarporley. (Read more, here.)
Cllr Hall added: “It will also raise funds for charities benefiting members of our armed services who have made more recent sacrifices on our behalf – such as Walking with the Wounded, Help for Heroes and Combat Stress.”
Anyone who would like to make a donation should contact Alderley Edge parish clerk Anne Ross by emailing [email protected].
You can also send a cheque made out to Alderley Edge Parish Council (marked ‘Tommy Appeal’ on the back) and send it to: Anne Ross, Alderley Edge Parish Council, Festival Hall, Talbot Road, Alderley Edge, Cheshire, SK9 7HR.
For more information, see: www.therebutnotthere.org.uk
(NB – examples of the figures are shown in Arundel)