The Commemoration of the centenary of World War I from 2014 to 2018 will increase the interest taken in the war memorials in your church and church yard. It you have not already done so, check that any memorials you have are in good condition and that their setting is clear to allow access to see them.
If the memorial needs some restoration work to put it in good condition, start to plan this now. For advice on funding for war memorials and their specific care needs, click here to visit the War Memorials Trust website and here for advice on the care of war memorials from English Heritage.
For a comprehensive list of questions you may have about war memorials visit UK War Memorials where you will almost certainly find an answer.
To give a national picture of the state of our war memorials please visit War Memorials Online and enter details of your memorial, if it is not there already, or update details if it is already there.
Further funding for World War I commemorative events is available from the Heritage Lottery Fund from a special fund called First Word War: then and now. Click here to find out more.
Commemorations of the past are, of course, times to look to the future. You may want to do something for your community now, which will make a contribution to the future. If your church has a clock that is presently not working The Church Buildings Council would strongly encourage you to put it in working order as a memorial tribute - or to install a clock for the first time if you do not have one at present. Advice on turret clocks is available here. The Council strongly discourages the addition of memorial plaques, or other objects, to an existing war memorial to mark the centenary.
Click here for The Imperial War Museum First World War Centenary website, which has a many resources available to help you engage with your war memorials and share news of what you are doing in your community. The government website for the commemorations can be found here. The Church of England has published litugical resoucres for commemorating the First World War, available here