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Llanfechain War Memorial Trust

Registered charity number 1101060

Background. The Lychgate was erected in 1919 as both a ‘War Memorial’ and entrance to St Garmon’s Church. Slate plaques bearing the names of those from the local community who had fallen in the ‘Great War’ (i.e. World War I) were placed on a plinth in the centre of the Lychgate and then in 1971 moved to either side of the gate.  The names of those who lost their lives in the Second World War were added after 1945.

Trust Objective: To repair, preserve and maintain for public benefit the Llanfechain Lychgate dedicated as a War Memorial to those who gave their lives in two World Wars (1914-1918 and 1939-1945) and to promote ‘Remembrance’ of the sacrifices involved by members of this community.

The Trustees meets at least once a year (normally twice) for the purpose stated above.  They arrange and pay for the repairs of the Lychgate and the memorial plaques when such is necessary and sponsor events to remember those who died and others who gave service to their country.

See the Trust Memorial booklet: The Story of Fourteen Llanfechain Sons.

Since inception the Trust has:

In 2003 paid for the oiling of the Lychgate timbers and repaired some tiles.

In 2004 the Lychgate was (along with the Church and sundial) listed Grade II.

In 2009 for the 11 November (the 70th anniversary of the beginning of WW2) the Trust renovated the plaques on either side of the Lychgate adding the Service/Regiments of those named; it published a booklet on those named, it repaired and re-oiled the Lychgate and organised a special Service of Remembrance.

In 2010 organised a village trip to The National Arboretum on Tuesday 14 September; 26 people joined the trip.

In 2011 a concert with a war time theme was organised and took place in the village hall on the 11/11/11.

1n 2012 arranged and sponsored a fun run and a croquet match as part of the Community Queens Jubilee celebrations.  £90 27p was raised for the Blind Veterans UK Charity (previously titled St Dunstan’s) which the Trust then matched. The Trust also decorated the Lychgate (War Memorial) for the community ‘Flower Festival’.  

In 2013 funded and acquired a Memorial Plaque for the Community Memorial Hall with the names of those who had fallen in WW2 extending the plaque already in place with the names of those who had fallen in WW1.

In 2014 members of the Trust gave a talk to the School about D Day on 6 June the 70th anniversary of that event.  It donated £100 to help the school’s WW2 project and a framed poem ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’ by Wilfred Owen. From August 2014 the Trust put an iterative presentation in the Memorial Hall that depicted events 100 years ago.

In 2015 arranged a visit to Dunham Massey in Cheshire on 29th September which had been turned back into a WW1 hospital. 20 people attended. Thr Trust also re-oiled the Lychgate

The Trust Secretary is Philip Williams 01691828931 E: philwsy22@gmail.com