Restoration appeal successful
The appeal target of £28,000 was reached, and the restoration work on the St Margaret’s war memorial that started on 1 August 2011 is now complete. The memorial will be rededicated at 10.45am on Friday 11 November 2011 (poster).
The war memorial was propped up with scaffolding following the discovery in 2009 of death-watch beetle in its four pillars, which like the dome are made of oak. New wood has now been spliced into the existing oak supports, the bronzes are being repaired, repatinated and marked with smart water, and there is a new oak shingle roof in the style of the original memorial. A maintenance schedule, backed by a small reserve fund, will be in place to ensure that the memorial is safe for at least another century.
See Oxford Mail:
- “Joy as memorial is to be restored” (8 July 2011)
- “Beetles blight North Oxford war memorial” (10 September 2009)
- “War memorial on verge of collapse” (23 August 2010)