Madeley Town Council is delighted to announce a Council High Street Fund grant of £41,971 from Telford & Wrekin Council towards the restoration of Russell Square in Madeley Centre.
This project started back in 2013 when the Town Council was asked to find a suitable location for a commemorative paving stone for local man, Major CAL Yate (pictured left). These stones were being provided by the Government for all Victoria Cross winners to mark the centenary of the First World War.
There was overwhelming local support for the paving stone to be located near to the existing war memorial in Russell Green (pictured below). However, these discussions identified the need to enlarge and upgrade the paved area around the memorial which was very tarnished and uneven, before the paving stone was installed. The memorial itself would be repositioned on the square so it was more visible from the Centre. This scheme would be seen as the Town’s contribution to commemorate all local people who lost their lives in both world wars.
A scheme was drawn up and local contributions were received from Madeley Town Council and Madeley Partnership. This latest award finally provides enough money to deliver the project. The scheme will start on the 15th June and will be completed in August. The work will be carried out by Fitzgerald contractor and will be supervised by Telford & Wrekin Council’s Highways & Neighbourhood Management Team.
It is intended to hold a rededication service on the 26th August which marks the anniversary of the battle of Le Cateau where Major Yate was awarded the Victoria Cross.
Janice Jones, Chairman of Madeley Town Council said: “I think it is great news that the Town Council has been awarded this grant to carry out environmental improvements in Madeley Centre. I feel that the refurbished square will be a fitting tribute to all the people of Madeley who lost their lives and are commemorated on the war memorial”.
Did you know?
This is not the first time the war memorial has been moved. It was originally built in 1922 on the junction of Maddocks and Church Street. In September 1968 a proposal was put forward to move the memorial to improve visibility for drivers. It was eventually moved in June 1970 (see pic below) to its current location in Russell Green and rededicated in the September.
More pics from the past:
If anyone wants more information they can call Andy Rose 01952 567288.