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  • Petitioning Chris Grayling MP

This petition will be delivered to:

Lord Chancellor
Chris Grayling MP
Historian
Hew Strachan
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Maria Miller MP
Member of advisory body 2014 WW1 Commemorative Events
Menzies Campbell MP
Member of advisory body 2014 WW1 Commemorative Events
Jock Stirrup

STOP THE DESECRATION OF FENTON GREAT WAR MEMORIAL 1914 - 1918

    1. Alan Gerrard
    2. Petition by

      Alan Gerrard

      Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom

Fenton Town Hall and the magnificent Great War Memorial contained within are under serious threat of demolition. Made from Minton tiles and 4m x 3m in dimension, the Great War Memorial remembers 498 men from Stoke-on-Trent who gallantly fell in service of their country. For many who were never recovered it is their grave.

The Town Hall, till recently The Magistrates' Courts has been put on the market by its owners, The Ministry of Justice, for £500,000. Your signature will help the community transform the building into an exciting venue which will make the Great War memorial accessible to all to appreciate for the first time in many decades, bring in jobs and growth whilst improving the profile of the local and wider community. 

Worryingly, the memorial's size and weight precludes its relocation: it is deeply embedded into the very fabric of the building in a wall at the top of a flight of stairs. And neither the memorial nor the Town Hall is protected as a recent application for listing status was rejected. Consequently there could be severe repercussions for the hall, memorial and community should it fall into the wrong hands. 

We ask you to sign this petition in requesting the Ministry of Justice put a hold on the sale of the building and listen to the community's ideas for the town hall; that way we have a chance of ensuring the preservation of this fabulous piece of heritage - wonderful to all, priceless to many.

Animation by Tom Weston

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For a copy of the high resolution video for distribution / broadcasting purposes please contact me at alangerrard@btconnect.com

Twitter @fentontownhall #fenton498

info@fentontown.org.uk

Alan Gerrard

Recent signatures

    News

    1. SPONSOR A NAME

      Alan Gerrard
      Petition organiser
      Sponsor a name on Fenton's Memorial to the Great War

      The print of the WW1 memorial is now hanging in Theartbay Gallery. Presently, 20 of the 498 have been sponsored. A star shaped sticker is placed by the name of each sponsored hero. If you would like to make your contribution please send in your pledges now by PM on Facebook or via email at...

    2. Reached 8,000 signatures
    3. LIMITED ACCESS

      Alan Gerrard
      Petition organiser
      Limited access to Fenton's WW1 memorial

      As you can see, the MoJ have agreed to allow the community access to the memorial albeit on an extremely restrictive basis this Remembrance Sunday. The community of Fenton feels this dictatorial response by the Ministry is unfair and unnecessary not least as many relatives would like to record their ancestor's names on the memorial...

    4. Reached 7,000 signatures
    5. Landowner - WW1 terminology "Dead and Buried"

      Alan Gerrard
      Petition organiser
      Great War Memorial

      "Landowner" - artist Harry Davies. In remembrance of the 498 men commemorated on Fenton's memorial to the Great War which is at risk of demolition Minimum of £500 from the sale of the original painting will contribute to the Fenton498 campaign http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/painting-the-town-red/ This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged fenton, great war, harry davies, landowner, original painting, remembrance.

    6. Painting the Town Red

      Alan Gerrard
      Petition organiser
      FENTON - Painting a Town Red - An Appeal

      The community of Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent has a LIVE Crowdfunder appeal to buy Flanders poppy seeds to scatter around the town on Remembrance weekend so that the whole town is "painted red" next summer. That way, should the town lose its town hall and memorial to the Great War, at least there will remain a floral...

    7. Petition Goes to 10 Downing Street

      Alan Gerrard
      Petition organiser
      20th October - Delivering Fenton's Petition to 10 Downing Street

      On Sunday 20th October the campaign group fighting to save Fenton's memorial to The Great War from the hands of private developers go to London to present their petition to 10 Downing Street. The great grand-daughter of Ernest Heapy, one of the fallen, will present it.

    8. Jackie Ashley of The Guardian considers Fenton's memorial to the Great War

      Alan Gerrard
      Petition organiser
      Fenton Memorial in The Guardian

      Who will win the first world war this time round? It's no surprise that the centenary events are controversial - but in Britain, the anti-war side risks hitting the wrong note... The Guardian's Jackie Ashley considers WW1 remembrance This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged anti-war, fenton, jackie ashley, memorial, the guardian, ww1.

    9. Reached 6,000 signatures
    10. Latest celebrity support

      Alan Gerrard
      Petition organiser
      Latest celebrity support

      John Challis (Boycie) of Only Fools and Horses and Barry and Paul Elliott (the Chuckle Brothers) are the latest personalities to support the #Fenton498 campaign to save the town's memorial to The Great War 1914 - 1918. All thanks to them. You'd have to be a fool (or perhaps a horse) to fall for the...

    11. Lest We Forget

      Alan Gerrard
      Petition organiser
      Great War Memorial

      For Eliza, her father and uncle, the other 496 men and their grieving family and friends, for all those sacrificed and yet to be sacrificed and all those who have grieved and are yet to grieve, we HAVE to find a way of protecting Fenton's memorial to the Great War.

    12. Meeting with the Military Association

      Alan Gerrard
      Petition organiser
      Military Association

      Meeting of Stoke-on-Trent Military Association - Monday 19th August. Several of the veterans have relatives who served in the Great War and are commemorated on the memorial. For example Ron, featured at the end, whose grandad E. Durose died at the second battle of The Somme.

    13. Harold W. Hines

      Alan Gerrard
      Petition organiser
      Great War Memorial

      THE name of a hero who won several medals for bravery before paying the ultimate price could be forgotten forever if a town's war memorial is torn down. Among the names of 498 fallen soldiers on the Fenton War Memorial is the inscription 'Hines, Harold W' - Second Lieutenant Harold William Hines, of the Royal...

    14. Archive film from the Great War - courtesy Movietone

      Alan Gerrard
      Petition organiser
      UNEDITED ARCHIVE FILM from WW1 1914 - 1918

      UNEDITED ARCHIVE FILM from WW1 1914 - 1918 Part 2. copyright British Movietone. Support ‪#‎Fenton498‬ Why we are protecting Fenton's memorial to the Great War Source of Origin unknown. Apparently scene on active service during the great war (World War I). Snow on ground in many shots. 2 soldiers in trench cleaning rifles.

    15. More from Movietone - with thanks!

      Alan Gerrard
      Petition organiser
      THE SOMME CONTEMPORARY RECONSTRUCTION

      THE SOMME CONTEMPORARY RECONSTRUCTION WW1 - Copyright British Movietone - #Fenton498 UNEDITED. Copyright and thanks to British Movietone for license to show this. Read more... Support the campaign to save Fenton memorial to the Great War - http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/stop-the-desecration-of-fenton-great-war-memorial-1914-1918 All reconstruction. Explosion. Two soldiers in trench, one pushes detonator. Gv Explosion.

    16. Unedited Archice Film from British Movietone

      Alan Gerrard
      Petition organiser
      British Movietone - Unedited Archive Film of WW1

      UNEDITED ARCHIVE FILM from WW1 1914 - 1918 Part 1. copyright British Movietone. Support ‪#‎Fenton498‬ Copyright and thanks to British Movietone for license to show this. Infantry advance with bayonets. Over and leaving trenches. Across battlefield. Close shots past camera. Soldiers in trench firing over top of same.

    17. Peter Smith donates to the #Fenton498 campaign

      Alan Gerrard
      Petition organiser
      Artist Peter Smith backs campaign

      Thanks to artist Peter Smith for his donation towards the ‪#‎Fenton498‬ fighting fund, the campaign to prevent the desecration of Fenton's Minton tiled memorial to The Great War! For more information about this donation please contact Theartbay Gallery at info@theartbay.co.uk. This entry was tagged fenton, fenton 498, great war, minton, peter smith, theartbay gallery.

    18. Reached 5,000 signatures
    19. Johnny Vegas backs campaign to protect memorial

      Alan Gerrard
      Petition organiser
      Johnny Vegas supports campaign

      Johnny Vegas is the latest celebrity to back ‪#‎Fenton498‬. Johnny retweeted a post and sent a message of good luck to the campaigners. He joins Blackadder stars Ben Elton and Stephen Fry in supporting the campaign to prevent the destruction of a beautiful and unique Minton WW1 war memorial containing the names of 498 men.

    20. A Land Fit For Heroes

      Alan Gerrard
      Petition organiser
      A Land Fit For Heroes

      A Land Fit For Heroes A painting by artist Steve Shaw - donated to prevent the violation of 498 heroes of the First World War. How will the fallen heroes of 2010s be remembered 100 years from now? Will the enormity of their sacrifice be devalued too?

    21. Why are they selling poppies, mummy?

      Alan Gerrard
      Petition organiser
      Why are they selling poppies, mummy?

      Why are they selling poppies, mummy? Selling poppies in town today The poppies, child are flowers of love For the men who marched away But, why have they chosen a poppy, mummy? Why not a beautiful rose? Because, my child, men fought and died In the fields where the poppies grow But why are the poppies so red, mummy?

    22. Daily Telegraph article

      Alan Gerrard
      Petition organiser
      Daily Telegraph article

      Hopefully, national coverage will begin to snowball. You can help by signing our petition - each signature sends an automated email to the Prime Minister, Lord Chancellor and Leader of the opposition This entry was tagged lord chancellor, prime minister. Bookmark the permalink.

    23. Join Stephen & Ben in Supporting the Fenton498 Campaign!

      Alan Gerrard
      Petition organiser
      Donations to the Fenton498 campaign fund

      The Fenton498 campaign fund is organsied through the Fenton Community Association You can make a donation via Bank Transfer - Natwest Account no. is 38699532 Sort code is 01-05-27. You can also make a cheque payable to Fenton Community Association, The Manse, Temple Street, Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent. ST4 4NW.

    24. Ah, tally-ho, yippety-dip and zing zang spillip!

      Alan Gerrard
      Petition organiser
      THE FENTON 498 NEED YOU!

      Stephen Fry as General Melchett. The regional newspaper reported on the incoming support from Blackadder Goes Forth stars Stephen Fry and Ben Elton

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • james barber MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 2 days ago

      All who fought and died in the great war should always be remembered

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    • clive burkinshaw CHESTERFIELD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 3 days ago

      These men died for the freedom we take so much for granted, how dare we dishonour them by erasing all memory of them.

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    • Tom Colclough STOKE ON TRENT, CANADA
      • 3 days ago

      legacy of heroism is for the progeny to protect

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    • Yanto Evans BANBURY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 4 days ago

      National history

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    • Philip Walker BARLASTON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 4 days ago

      I live here and see the disappearing heritage on a regular basis. We need to Save these buildings.

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