The Tenants’ Forum at Stockbridge Village are installing a new memorial on Remembrance Sunday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.
Stockbridge Village celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 2016. It was initially developed as Cantril Farm, part of a wider scheme to rehouse people from slum conditions in inner -city Liverpool. The name changed to Stockbridge Village in the 1980s when the land was transferred from Knowsley Council to the Stockbridge Village Trust, a non profit making private company. There was then community led refurbishment of housing and recreational areas from within, giving residents what they needed, not what external planners thought they did.
For over thirty years the Tenants Forum has taken the lead on many events in Stockbridge Village, such as the annual family Gala Day and Christmas Grotto. For the last fourteen years it has taken the the lead on the estate wide North West in Bloom project. The group actively raises funds independently to finance its activities, with the most recent big project being the memorial.
The group fundraises to finance all its activities including the cost of tin the Stockbridge Village Memorial independently. The idea for the memorial came in 2015 after the closure of St Jude’s Church. The Reverend Glyn Thompson believed that a memorial marking the fiftieth anniversary could become a focal point for community services such as Remembrance Sunday.
The Tenants Forum took up Reverend Thompson’s suggestion and originally wanted the memorial in place for November 2016. However there were some unavoidable delays and eventually it was decided to aim for the fiftieth anniversary of the Armistice.
Sarsfield Memorials has been honoured to help and the memorial is now in place next to the Neighbourhood Centre, ready to host the Remembrance Sunday commemorations on 11th November 2018 at 1045am. It contains slabs that celebrate the achievements of the living, commemorate the dead and the fiftieth anniversary of the estate. A fourth slab simply says ‘Erected by the Tenants Forum 2018.’