I first spotted the church from the 41 bus going to Cheltenham and was always tempted to climb out and take a closer look. The building just has the impressive look about it. However, do not be deceived because it is no longer a church, and it has not been since after 2008. The building is situated on the south side of the Tewkesbury Road (Google Earth co-ordinates: 51° 54.525’N, 2° 5.445’W) . It is now sign boarded as being a part of “The Rock Youth Charity“. I took my first images of the church and War Memorial in June 2016.
The memorial can just be seen amongst the trees on the left of the photograph above. It was in a very poor condition and the names were almost illegible.
I went past there once more in October 2017 and there was light at the end of the tunnel as an official notice advised that the memorial was to be refurbished. In December 2017 work was underway and I made a mental note to get around there in the new year. That only happened at the end of May 2018 by which time the restoration was complete, the inscriptions and name panels were once again legible and the memorial was looking infinitely better than when I had last seen it.
More importantly it was now possible to read the names on it.
And, the inscription.
The memorial is referenced on the War Memorials Register of the Imperial War Museum.
Alas, our English weather tends to do it’s deed in all seasons and parts of it were already taking on a green hew, but the main thing is that hopefully it will once again become a focus for commemoration and no longer a stone object hidden amongst the trees.
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