RESIDENTS in Salwarpe are being invited to take part in a commemoration service at St Michael’s Church to remember those who died in the First World War.

The service, which is taking place on Sunday, august 3 at 10am, will also include the dedication and blessing of the restored war monument of Salwarpe, which has received funding for repair work.

The monument, which was originally built in 1920, has undergone a two year restoration project to stabilize its foundation stone blocks, receiving more than £10,000 in funding from Wychavon District Council, as well as £1,000 from Worcestershire County Council, and £250 from Wychavon WW1 Centenary.

During the service the names will be read aloud of the 11 men from the village who lost their lives in the conflict between 1914 and 1918; William Austin, William Bruton, Henry Dovey, Percey Dovey, Benjamin Harper, Matthew Hartland, Cyril Joynes, Bernard Mantle, Christopher Piper and Albert Prescott.

Their surviving relatives have also been invited to attend the service.

An exhibition regarding the First World War, which is currently on display in the church, will be moved after the service to form part of the Salwarpe Fete on August 16.