War Memorial Restoration
The War Memorial Restoration is now complete just in time for the Armistice Day 2019.
A short re-dedication was held immediately after the 11 o’clock service on Sunday 3rd November, taken by the Rev Daphne Goodwin.
Prayers were said in memory of all those who gave their lives both in the First & Second World War.
Its current refurbishment, which was possible because primarily of a grant given to St Margaret’s Church by the War Memorial Trust, and by members of the Church was completed by “Burslem” Stone Masons of Tonbridge, Kent.
The effort to create a memorial in Ifield, which has 30 names of ifield, who lost their live in the first World War, and eight of those who gave their lives in the Second World War, seems to have been organised by the local vicar, Rev R.W Loveband and a committee of local parishioners at St Margaret’s Church in November 1918, just a few weeks after the Armistice.
A service of dedication for the memorial took place at St Margaret’s Church on the evening of Friday 20th June 1919 (just a week before the formal end of the First World War with the signing of the Treaty of Verseilles.
The memorial was built of Cornish silver grey granite and cost £120. The sum was raised by the people of the parish through public subscriptions.