The final project of the Worcestershire Regiment Project Group is to place a permanent and lasting memorial of a life size statue of a soldier of the Worcestershire Regiment to remind those who live in the area and anyone pass through that once an infantry regiment lived here.
The ‘Sentry’ will be located on the grass verge by the bus stop and St Helena Court.
The sculpture is currently being created by renown artist John McKenna a4a.co.uk and is based upon an existing statue of ‘an ordinary soldier of the Worcester Regiment’ by Charles Sergeant Jagger who served as a Lieutenant in the Worcestershires. Jagger served in Gallipoli and on the Western Front, and was wounded three times. He was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry. The Sentry is based on a ‘Maquette’ made by Jagger which is currently held in the Worcester Museum in Worcester City.
John McKenna at work creating The Sentry detailing the process and progress so far.
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May 2021 – Update of the creation of the statue
In June 2018 a planning application was approved by Wychavon District Council https://plan.wychavon.gov.uk/Planning/Display/18/01026/FUL and https://plan.wychavon.gov.uk/Planning/Display/19/01100/FUL
Our statue has been kindly funded and supported by a number of organisations:
- Norton Community Trust:
- Severn Waste.
- Worcestershire County Council
- Wychavon District Council
- SMH Fleet solutions
- Norton-Juxta-Kempsey Parish Council.
- The Memorials Grant Scheme
- Buckinghams and Griffiths Contractors
- and many others.
Dates for installation and the planned unveiling have yet to be set, but further information will be detailed on this website and on Parish Noticeboards in due course.