Stone Lions Club contributes towards Memorial Fund

Julie Scott, Angela Martin and Lion President Rod Niven.
Julie Scott, Angela Martin and Lion President Rod Niven.

The last few months have been as busy as usual for the Lions, supporting various good causes. A major part of the Club is to have a pro-active social secretary, who is responsible for organising events throughout the year.

Lion Maureen Greer has been in charge of the social events for the last couple of years and has put on some very interesting talks etc. And on August 27th, the club had a presentation by Julie Scott and Angela Martin both members of the Staffordshire WFU.

They gave the background of their fundraising for the last few years, trying to put together £80.000 being the sum necessary to provide a memorial to the Women’s Land Army and the Lumber Jills.

It had been felt for a number of years that there was not enough being done to show the Country’s gratitude for the service given by the thousands of young ladies who worked on the farms and in the countryside, providing the necessary food to sustain the population during the long war years.

After many fund raising events and many letters asking for donations the necessary money was raised and a memorial to the young girls was made by Sculptor Denise Dutton from Stoke on Trent.

On October 21st 2014 the memorial was unveiled by the Countess of Wessex at the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas.