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The national memorial to the evacuation, sculptor Maurice Blik.
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Fundraising is ongoing for a national memorial to the evacuation, sculptor Maurice Blik has designed a memorial that portrays 11 evacuated children and we have a location for the memorial to go at The National Memorial Arboretum , Alrewas, Staffordshire

Our long term project to erect a National Memorial to the Evacuation is ongoing and we are in the process of fundraising for this project. If you would like to get involved and help raise money for this memorial please contact us.

Our proposed memorial has a site already allocated at The National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire which has easy access from both the M1 and M6 motorways. The Arboretum site is over 150 acres and receives around 300,000 visitors a year, including Service Personnel, veterans, students of all ages, school parties and groups.

The National Memorial to the Evacuation will be sited at the National Memorial Arboretum, sculpture design by Maurice Blik

The proposed memorial portrays a group of confused children as they would have appeared on Evacuation day and has been designed by the eminent sculptor Maurice Blik ATC PPRBS FRSA.

This memorial is not simply a memorial for the evacuated children but all those involved in the evacuation process i.e. the train drivers, teachers, nurses, billeting offices, and of course, the foster parents. It is intended to portray the greatest family and social upheaval ever experienced in the long history of our country, a unique, never to be repeated, part of British history.

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Thank you for your support.


Notes from the meeting held at Haz, London
– Wednesday 24th February 2016

Present: Maurice Blik, Reg Baker, Kate Elliott, Karen Follows, James Roffey and Julie Underhay. Apologies for Absence received for Jean English.

Everyone was in possession of a set of notes produced by Maurice and distributed to all before the meeting. These included a renewed proposal for the National Memorial to the Evacuation ‘Every Which Way’ and a sketch of the Memorial.

Maurice Blik submitted the following proposal for the National Memorial to the Evacuation entitled ‘Every Which Way’

  1. The sculpture to be made half life size, i.e. the tallest figure at 85cms high and the other figures as relative to the height shown as the maquette.
  2. The sculpture to be cast in bronze by the lost wax method, signed and editioned by the sculptor Maurice Blik
  3. The sculpture to be installed on a concrete base approx. H75 x D40 x L450 cms
  4. The sculpture to be sited at the site designated for it at The National Memorial Arboretum , Staffordshire
  5. Moulding and casting and foundry work at cost £45,000 + VA T.
    Construction of base and transport to site and installation all at cost £10,000 + VA T
    Therefore the sculpture delivered and installed on site for £55,000 + £11,000 VA T = £66,000 for the Sculpture
  6. Sculptor’s fees £10,000 + £2,000 VA T = £12,000 for the Sculptor - to be deferred until BEA is in a position to fund. Maurice said that he would be willing to waive his fees, but all those present expressed that they would like to pay Maurice for all he has done in the past, his present and future work, on our behalf. Fundraising should go ahead with the full total in mind.

Cost of the Memorial - £78,000 in total. The balance at present in the Memorial Fund is £49,149.58 but steadily increasing due to donations and certificate sales.

All present at the meeting agreed that this was achievable and that we should officially go ahead, the foundry should start work and we should step up our fundraising efforts in order to raise the outstanding amount. Maurice informed us that it would take a year to get the bronze out and that the foundry would like 40% upfront.

Maurice would prepare a simple contract between the BEA and himself for perusal/amendment/finalisation by the BEA. If you would like a copy please contact the office. It would equate to every current member donating £25 during the next year and the amount would be raised. It was appreciated that not everyone would be in a position to make a donation, although perhaps some could donate more than that required amount and we could fundraise in other ways to supplement this. Kate Elliott gave £25 at the meeting. June Faulkner's Jakes Club is a great way for raising funds from schools, could this be rolled out to other areas to publicise our cause.

Further suggestions at the meeting
An Educational pack could possibly be produced by us for handing out to the school children studying and visiting the site, also available at the shop for anyone wishing to purchase it. Our books could be restocked in the shop. Membership forms, back copies of 'The Evacuee' could possibly be stocked at the shop to raise profile and awareness of our fundraising/work.

A Meeting at the Arboretum for Maurice to inspect the site and further discussions
Maurice and Debra Blik, Karen Follows and James Roffey met Peter Orgill at The National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire on Wednesday 16th March, 2016. Our new proposal was discussed and we visited the proposed site of the Memorial. It was felt that due to the age restriction of the children at that site, perhaps new sites could be discussed. Peter Orgill would be attending a planning meeting with the Arboretum Committee in the coming weeks and possible new sites for our memorial would be raised, after which we would be consulted.

Former evacuee Michael Aspel is a patron of the British Evacuees Association

PATRONS

Rt. Rev. and Rt. Hon. Lord Carey of Clifton – Former Archbishop of Canterbury and evacuee
Mr Michael Aspel OBE – Television Presenter and former evacuee
Sir Robert Crawford CBE – Former Director General of the Imperial War Museum
Mr Henry Sandon MBE – Television Presenter and former evacuee
Lady Emma Barnard – of Parham Park, home for evacuees during World War Two
Sir Bruce Forsyth CBE – Television Presenter and former evacuee
Sir Roger Moore – Actor and former evacuee
Mr Brian Charles – Local resident and former evacuee

PATRONS

Rt. Rev. and Rt. Hon. Lord Carey of Clifton
Former Archbishop of Canterbury and evacuee
Mr Michael Aspel OBE
Television Presenter and former evacuee
Sir Robert Crawford CBE
Former Director General of the Imperial War Museum
Mr Henry Sandon MBE
Television Presenter and former evacuee
Lady Emma Barnard
of Parham Park, home for evacuees during World War Two
Sir Bruce Forsyth CBE
Television Presenter and former evacuee
Sir Roger Moore
Actor and former evacuee
Mr Brian Charles
Local resident and former evacuee