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Remembrance Day 2019

In time for Remembrance Sunday and Remembrance Day yesterday, Chelmsford City Council commissioned Bakers of Danbury Ltd to carry out a complete restoration to Chelmsford War Memorial, which sits to the front (north) of the Civic Centre. Restoration work started Monday 4th and was completed Thursday 7th November.

We first erected a large scaffold and monarflex sheeting around the memorial to protect the pedestrian footpath and passersby from overspray when cleaning the Portland stone, provide the Stonemasons with access to the full height of the memorial and also to prevent unauthorised access. Our Stonemasons carried out a Doff Clean which uses pressurised steam and also re-pointed the Portland stone cenotaph, square plinth and stepped base.

Nick Eveleigh, Chief Executive of Chelmsford City Council, said;

The Council is fully committed to restoring War Memorials in its care that honour people who have laid down their lives for this country.”

Chelmsford War Memorial was erected 1923, originally dedicated to those men of Chelmsford killed on military service in the First World. It was later dedicated to all those people of Chelmsford, both military personnel and civilians, who died during the Second World War. The north face of the plinth is inscribed with

TO THE MEN OF CHELMSFORD WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR/1914-1918", the east face with "AND TO ALL CITIZENS WHO FELL IN THE WORLD WAR 1939-1945" and the south face with "OUR GLORIOUS DEAD".

If you would like to find out more about Chelmsford War Memorial and the men and women the memorial id dedicated to visit www.chelmsfordwarmemorial.co.uk.

A fond farewell

We regret to announce the very sad passing of our former Managing Director and dear friend David Wood on 5th June 2019. David joined Baker and Sons in 1956 with which he was involved, in one way or another, for the next 60 years or so.

After Joining Baker and Sons, David soon rose through the ranks from Cost Clerk, quickly establishing himself as indispensable to the Managing Director. In 1965 David became a Director and later Managing Director in 1968.

In 1971, with the help of John Knott and Bernard Speakman, David took the company over; they were to remain lifelong friends. The company became Bakers of Danbury Ltd for which David remained Managing Director until the early 1990’s. Under their control the company’s reputation soared and it went from strength to strength, with work on churches and ancient buildings becoming a particular speciality.

David was personally involved in major refurbishment works at Waltham Abbey, St Albans Cathedral and Writtle Church as well as projects on countless other parish churches. He stopped working full-time in 1994, but continued working part-time until 2005. David also served on the Fabric Committee for Chelmsford Cathedral from 1991 to 2015.

In 2013 David wrote within the book “A History of Bakers of Danbury Ltd”;

I am proud to have been part of the team responsible for carrying the firm forward for such a long period. I feel satisfied that we have been able to maintain the standards set by William Baker so long ago, in a world that is so vastly different to that in which he worked. I am also confident that the now well-established new managers hold similar aspirations to all those of us who have gone before, and will continue to give valuable service to the local and also the more widespread community which the firm now serves.”

David’s son Simon was a Contracts Director working within Baker’s Church department over 20 years, and at present David’s younger Son Antony continues the family dedication to Bakers of Danbury, also as a Contracts Director. Ant has been with Bakers over 25 years now.

David’s visits into the office to offer support and advice or just for a chat in recent years were always welcomed and he will be sadly missed by all. Without his dedication and commitment to the company for near on 60 years we may well not be where we are today.

Essex Youth Build site visit

Essex Youth Build visited All Saints Church in Terling on Wednesday 25th July to learn about the conservation works underway.

The small group of 16-19 year olds who are currently studying City & Guilds course with Essex Youth Build attended All Saints Church for a site tour and Q&A whilst Bakers of Danbury Ltd were carrying out conservation and restoration works to the church.

Conservation and Restoration works to All Saints Church include the following:

  • Stripping cedar shingles for full height of spire
  • Carrying out timber repairs as found and putting back new oak shakes
  • Remove weathervane, repair, decorate and re-guild
  • Repair stone clock and sundial and prepare redecorate and guild as existing
  • Stone replacement to quoins
  • Replace existing lightning conductor tape with new.
  • Heather Cutler who is part of the All Saints’ Terling Spire Project Team said

    “Thank you both for your time and terrific input to making yesterday’s visit, to the work currently being undertaken at All Saints’ Terling, both interesting and safe. I do hope the lads got some ideas for future careers in heritage construction and I wish them well for their futures."

    If you would like to arrange for a small group of students to visit a working site to learn more about conservation and buildings works please do not hesitate to contact Kate Gunner by emailing kate.gunner@bakersofdanbury.co.uk