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Progress Update

Whilst we stiil need funds, we have raised just over 80% of our target
This has given us the confidence to plan to erect the Monument during the summer of 2019,
with an official unveiling ceremony planned for MN Day 2019, 3rd September.

This means that the Monument will be in place for all of the Mayflower400 events during 2020,
we then plan to have a formal Dedication on MN Day 2020.



The recent fund raising initiative using Crowdfunding successfully reached its specific target of £31,000 in pledges and is now closed.
The video used for this project can still be found here:



Fundraising continues as the project still needs over £25,000 to meet its target.
Donations, however large or small, will continue to be most welcome.
Donations can be made directly by debit and credit card or PayPal funds through PayPal's system




Please think about Gift Aid!
Being registered as a charity means that we are able to use the UK Government's “Gift Aid” scheme to maximise donations from UK tax payers.
By receiving a valid and completed Gift Aid form with a donation from a uk tax payer, we can reclaim 25p of Gift Aid for every £1 donated.

A Gift Aid form is available to download here: in pdf format
or
in word format




An inaugural meeting was held on 25th November 2014 attended by representatives of local and national institutions connected with the Merchant Navy to consider the possibility of erecting a new monument dedicated to those who serve in, or who have served in, the British merchant fleet.

The first formal meeting of the steering committee was held on March 10th, 2015 and that committee now meets regularly to further the project.

The following was adopted as a formal “Mission Statement”:
“The objective of the project is to commission a monument to be sited on Plymouth Hoe alongside those of the armed services. It will be dedicated to all those who serve in, or who have served in, the British Merchant Navy or Fishing Fleet in times of peace and war ensuring the survival of our nation.”


Why a MN Monument?

Almost everything that those living in the UK own or use, be it food, fuel, clothing, cars, and almost every thing else, has travelled into the UK by sea either as raw material or ready manufactured.
Without any seafarers ships would not sail.
Without ships there would be no food or goods in the shops, no cars and the essentials for life would disappear.
Without ships there would be no fuel for public transport (including air travel), no fuel for the pumps that supply water or gas to our homes and no generation equipment for electricity.
Without ships there would be no medicines, no working hospitals, and few ways to maintain the country's economy.
Without shipos there would be no undersea cables for the internet and telecommunications.
Without seafarers no shippping

Be it in peace or war we all owe a debt to the seafarer and that is why we aspire to build this monument.

The Plymouth MN Monument Fund is now registerd as a charity: number 1167934

Why another Monument/Memorial in Plymouth?

As many are aware, there already is a MN memorial in Plymouth, close to the Barbican.
This is difficult to find and quite small.
It is set into a wall across from the Mayflower Steps alongside a busy road, with narrow sloping pavements.

MN memorial, Barbican, close
MN memorial, Barbican, view

There is a conflict between those attending and the passing traffic when services are held there, such as on Merchant Navy Day and Remembrance Day.
In the past, traffic, including local bus and tour coaches, as well as business and private vehicles, has been held up for significant periods of time.

Whilst this memorial will remain in situ, the aim is to erect a monument in a location that will be easier to find, more visually appropriate and in a venue where congregations can gather safely and without hindrance to others.


What and Where?

In continuing discussions with Plymouth City Council a possible site on Plymouth Hoe has been identified.

In order to visually fit in with the present monuments on The Hoe, a monument similar in size and shape to the RAF monument that was erected to the east of other monuments and unveiled in 1989 will be most suitable.

RAF monument, Plymouth Hoe

It is envisaged that it will be erected to the south of RN War Memorial; in line with, and to the west of, the Armada Monument, so creating an aesthetic balance to the existing monuments.
Proposed site, Plymouth Hoe

The view South From the proposed site is spectacular.

View south from Plymouth Hoe

For further information: Plymouth MN Monument Location Page

When?

The aim is have the monument sculpted and erected in time for unviling on MN Day 2019
it will then be inplace for the whole of the Mayflower400 events.
A formal dedication as part of the “Mayflowers 400” celebrations that will take place in Plymouth on MN Day 2020.


The Committee?

The committee members represent a broad cross section of the maritime community associated with both local and national bodies, including, amongst others, The Merchant Navy Association, Plymouth & SW Merchant Seafarers Association, Seafarers UK, The Nautical Institute, The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, The South West Company of Mariners, the Watch Ashore, RFA Association and Plymouth University.

The committee communicates with many other interested parties, such as fishermen, local Harbourmasters, RNLI and the Royal Navy as well as Plymouth City Council.

The Committee is chaired by Vivien Foster, National President of the Merchant Navy Association who lives in the South West.


Cost?

The committee has, after consultations and taking advice, set a fundraising target figure of over £150,000
whilst we are well ahead with the fundraiing, we still need at least another £25,000
For further information, go to the Plymouth MN Monument Finance Page

Flyer

A folded A4 flyer is available

MN Monument flyer front

Mn monument flyer reverse
If you wish to distribute some of these, please get in touch.

How can I Contribute?

Donations have already started to be received.

Fundraising will be multi faceted and maritime companies and organisations will be approached.


Our Crowdfunding initiative in late 2017 successfully met its target with £31,000 pledged.

Donations, however large or small, will be most welcome from individuals directly.
For further information and a Gift Aid form to download and complete, please go to the Plymouth MN Monument Finance Page


Or you can donate directly through PayPal's system -





Being registered as a charity means that we are able to use the UK Government's “Gift Aid” scheme to maximise donations from UK tax payers.
By receiving a valid and completed Gift Aid form with a donation from a UK tax payer, we can reclaim 25p of Gift Aid for every £1 donated.

A Gift Aid form is available to download here: in pdf format
or
in word format


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