From November 1950. “The folks of Auchentibber turned out well to a remembrance day service held at the War Memorial in the village last Sunday. A service appropriate to the occasion was conducted by Mr. William Liddle of the Baptist Church and a wreath was laid on the war memorial by Miss Margaret Boyle, Victoria Street, High Blantyre who had 2 nephews killed in the 1914 – 1918 war.
At one point of the service the people assembled sung, “The Lord’s Mr Shephed” and a choral item was rendered by the children under the title of “God Bless the Boys in Khaki”. The wreath placed on the War Memorial was the work of Mr. Robert Dickson of Auchentibber.”
The War Memorial at Auchentibber is the current focus for much community discussion around its much needed renovation. This often forgotten memorial has been neglected for some time and as such, is in dire need of repairs.
Blantyre Project in Autumn 2016 teamed up with various other stakeholders including SLC Cemeteries, Blantyre Community Council, local councillors, Blantyre Heritage Group, Auchentibber WI and residents, High Blantyre Baptist Church and other interested individuals, to form a plan for raising funds and saving the monument for future generations, making sure attention is given to the the current level of traffic impact on the monument, safety of people visiting and lack of parking at present. The aim is also to create awareness of the monument itself by ensuring people all over Blantyre know about it and to do something that puts the focus back on the monument, perhaps cutting nearby trees or adding display lighting.
It will be interesting to see how things develop for this monument in 2017.
(c) Blantyre Project.
Newspaper Article, with thanks from G Cook.