John Adams 'back where he belongs’ in Bromsgrove Cemetery

By Beth Sharp Thursday 07 November 2013 Updated: 12/11 00:03

RESIDENTS raised their glasses to celebrate the restoration of the John Adams Memorial at Bromsgrove Cemetery last Friday (November 1).

Everyone who had a hand in the scheme was invited to be thanked for their contributions and to see the planting of a commemorative Golden Dawyck Beech by Jennie McGregor-Smith and Bromsgrove Civic Head, Coun Helen Jones.

To celebrate the achievement further, a gathering was also arranged at St John’s Parish Hall with a special buffet made by Avoncroft Museum and paid for by the John Adams Memorial Restoration Group.

A special thanks was also given to leading campaigner Jennie McGregor-Smith for her determination and perseverances seeing the project through.

The carved monument which is based on high Victorian designs and made from four different coloured stones can be seen from the cemetery’s main gate entrance and has now become an important focal point.

The restoration of the memorial started in 2011 after it was taken down in 2007 for safety reasons.

It was thanks to the work of the Avoncroft Museum of Buildings, The Bromsgrove Society, The Housman Society, The Victorian Society and Bromsgrove District Council. It was funded through a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund which was combine with donations from Giles Trust, Edward and Dorothy Cadbury Trust, Bromsgrove Court Leet and many other individuals. The project was finished in May this year by Croft Ltd.

A representative from the John Adams Memorial Restoration Group said: “The cemetery is a quiet and beautiful oasis with wonderful trees.

“We hope this will raise more appreciation of the Cemetery in Bromsgrove.”

Coun Jones said: “I’m really pleased to see John Adams back where he belongs.”

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