Church of England Diocese of Lichfield Holy Trinity, Heath Town

Lichgate renovation progress

20 Jan 2021, 3:30 p.m.

The Heath Town Lichgate War Memorial was built by public subscription in honour of 225 heroes of the parish who fell in the Great War 1914 - 1919. The lichgate is recorded as a Grade II listed building by Historic England. It stands at the entrance to Holy Trinity Churchyard.

Nearly two years ago we launched an appeal to help with its restoration. Although progress has been slower than hoped much has already been done towards the renovation. City of Wolverhampton Council are overseeing the project and have drawn up a schedule of work. The structural engineer’s report and quotes for the work have been received. As well as the council the War Memorials Trust are committed to the project.

Further funding is now being solicited to allow for the more major work now being proposed, with a view to starting hopefully around May 2021. Unfortunately Covid restrictions are causing problems with time schedules and staffing.

Costs for the bigger renovation work, which include re-instating metal railings and grilles, renewing the roof, and adding drainage around the base, will be between £20 - 30,000, and depending on what funds can be raised may have to be done in stages, or not at all.

How to contribute

If you would like to contribute to the renovation of this major war memorial (which was originally built by public subscription) you can donate using this link to Just Giving, or put a donation in an envelope marked "For the lich gate fund", and put it through the vicarage door. (Any cheques should be made payable to "PCC Holy Trinity Church Heath Town"). Any help will be much appreciated for this major community monument, which, with Heath Town Park, forms our local war memorial.