Memorial Book Appeal
The Centenary of the Battle of the Somme and the ways in which those who were involved in the Battle are being commemorated at Jesmond URC.
The church is custodian of the Colour of the Tyneside Scottish (4th Battalion), whose officers and men suffered greatly during the Battle of the Somme. A number of church families lost their sons in the conflict. The Colour is at present awaiting conservation, before being returned to the church. We are delighted to tell you that we have been awarded a grant of £9000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, for restoration of the Colour, and to fund a related programme of events over the next two years.
We are fortunate to have a very fine memorial to the men who died in the conflict, designed by Walter Gilbert. Under the memorial, a Memorial Book is displayed in a glass case. The book is written on parchment and contains photos and biographical details of all those associated with the church who were killed during the First World War. There are many stories of astonishing courage and selflessness. The book also contains the Roll of Honour of all those men and women from the church who served. Also included are details of the Order of Service for the Unveiling of the Memorial in 1921, and an article about the Tyneside Scottish, written by its Honorary Colonel, J. R. Hall, an Elder of this church.
If you look closely at the book, you will see that, in spite of being on parchment, it has deteriorated considerably, due to damp. It was appropriate to consider a full restoration of the Book. This work was estimated at about £1500. The appeal is now closed and we hope to have sufficient for the restoration. We will let you know shortly the outcome of the appeal and hope to have a lasting memorial to the men of Jesmond URC, and a reminder of their extraordinary sacrifice and that of their families.
All good wishes,
Alison Shiel (Church Secretary) and Meg Robb (Minister)
1st September 2016