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Royal Naval Writers Association

Formed in 1887 - The Oldest Military Association

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National Memorial Arboretum

As reported by Colin Hughes, RNWA President at the AGM in October 2022 it is not now possible to proceed with the project to purchase and install a memorial at the NMA.

The RNWA is therefore left with the sum of £1506.50 which was donated by RNWA members and the question now is ‘what to do with this amount’?.

The obvious first option is to return the money to the donors, that is if the donors want the money returned? If you were one of those who generously donated and wish your donation to be returned, then BY the scheduled RNWA Committee & Members meeting scheduled for 18th May 2023, please contact the Treasurer by email at After this date it will be assumed that you agree for your donation to be held by the RNWA to be used as discussed and decided by the Committee and members at the AGM.

If you have any further thoughts or ideas as to how and where the money should be allocated then please contact the RNWA President by email or call Colin 01489 573101. Once the final amount of money remaining is known, members will be advised via the June/July newsletter and may be asked to suggest a worthwhile project on which to spend the money with a final decision being made at the AGM 2023.

Sent: Tuesday, 28 January 2020, 08:51:36 GMT

Subject: RE: Royal Naval Writers Association – Request for Memorial Information

Dear Colin

Thank you for your enquiry regarding a potential memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum. The guidelines and criteria for a new memorial are as follows.

Firstly, we commemorate those who died in the service of their country, secondly, those who served or suffered in the service of their country, and finally those who wish to be commemorated in some other way. Only the first two categories can have a memorial, and this must be sponsored by a national organization. The third must be a feature which enhances the Arboretum from a visitor perspective.

Briefly, all proposals need to be approved by our Landscape and Memorials Advisory Committee which sits once a quarter. The Landscape and Memorials Advisory Committee require a completed application pack, scale drawings of all proposals, together with details of the materials to be used, including any signage/text.

With regard to financial implications the sponsoring organization has to bear the full design and build costs and retains ownership of the memorial and there is an application fee of £1,000. Arrangements for future maintenance and insurance must also be costed into the proposal. Insurance must be arranged by the organisation, however the NMA offer a maintenance service which can be costed and agreed in return for a fee should the organisation choose this route.

In relation to your specific questions please see advice below.

1. Size. Is there a policy on size? No. The memorial can be any size but must be of large enough to be an individual peace and we encourage creative designs

2. Material. Is there a policy on type of stone ? No. It does not have to be stone, it could be stone, glass, bronze or any material that will last in perpetuity.

3. Plaque. Is there a preferred material for plaque, number of characters ? It is preferred the lettering is engraved on the stone or incorporated into the memorial, if a plaque is added it must be of a material that will last with the memorial.

4. Cost. How much would the NMA charge for its installation and upkeep? As detailed above there is a £1,000 application fee, the installation cost are to be borne by the Association and a maintenance agreement must be agreed with the arboretum for the ongoing up keep, this is normally a one off payment for in perpetuity maintenance and can be anything from £3,500 to £50,000 depending on the maintenance requirement and insurance value.

5. Procedure. What is the procedure for obtaining approval ? This is details above, let me know if you wish me to send the application forms.

I hope the above is helpful. If you would like to proceed or if you have any other queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Andy Ansell Head of Estates