Women’s Land Army Tribute
‘‘remembering the work of the Women’s Land Army and Timber Corps with a lasting memorial’’
During the war years, with the men away fighting, it was up to volunteer girls to work our rural lands, to help feed the war effort and the nation as well as helping to maintain wood supplies, hence the references to these young girls as Land Girls and Lumber Jill’s.
To date there is no National Monument within the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas in Staffordshire recognising what these girls achieved for our country. The Staffordshire branch of the Women’s Food & Farming Union (WFU) would like to rectify this and are raising funds to provide a lasting memorial to the Women’s Land Army and Timber Corps which will be sited within the Arboretum.
Date of Unveiling
We now have a date for the unveiling and dedication of the WLA Tribute memorial – it will be in the afternoon of Tuesday 21st October 2014. Further details to be announced in due course.
We are still fundraising
We still need to raise a further £10,000 if we are to unveil the memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum this autumn as planned.
£74,000 has been raised so far, with many thanks to everyone who has so generously donated towards the memorial or supported one of our fundraising events.
All postal donations accompanied with a stamped addressed envelope and with the donor’s name clearly written will be acknowledged.
Great news - we have chosen and commissioned our sculptor – Denise Dutton, from Leek in Staffordshire. Denise has created a beautiful life and a quarter sized sculpture of a Land Girl and a Lumber Jill.
Denise would like to sincerely thank the following people who have been so very kind and helpful in loaning costumes and implements for use as reference for the sculpture:
Pauline Loven – Loan of breeches for photo shoot
Notty Hornblower – Land girls trousers, authentic pair including darning!
Apple Tree Lane Costumes – for the loan of costumes for a photography session as well as subsequent loan
Gordon & Monica Cope – pitchfork
John & Jill Goosey – long, bow handle axe and gin trap
..and a very kind lady who supplied me with a ‘tidy’ dead rat!!
Longcliffe Quarries Ltd
Staffordshire WFU would like to thank Longcliffe Quarries Ltd for providing a limestone plinth on which to set the sculpture. Their generous support is very much appreciated.
Maintenance of the memorial - meanwhile we are continuing with our fundraising as we have to provide a 20 year maintenance and insurance fund to look after the memorial once it is installed within the National Memorial Arboretum. Funds are also needed for the engraving of the plinth and the installation and landscaping.