The familiar cenotaph in Alexandra Park is currently shrouded in plastic sheeting whilst it is being restored

The last remaining cash held by the Royal British Legion Club (Penarth) Ltd (now in the process of being wound up) has been donated towards the cost of the refurbishment and preservation of the cenotaph in Alexandra Gardens .

The British Legion Club had always been a separate entity from the main Royal British Legion charity and traded as a private company when it owned and ran the former British Legion premises in Station Approach, Penarth.

2014 : What the main Legion Room of the British Legion Club in Station Approach used to look like . This and the upper two floors of the building have now been converted into modern offices.

At the end of 2014 it was announced that the British Legion Club premises would be closed down and sold off .

There was a last-ditch effort the following year (2015) by some 60 of the  400 member-shareholders of the club to stave-off the closure, but in the end the sale went ahead. The resultant proceeds were distributed to the members who were, as shareholders, the owners of the building .

The top to bottom refurbishment of the Alexandra Park cenotaph is being undertaken by specialist contractors working for the Vale of Glamorgan Council prior to the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War

It so happens that a small additional sum of money had been put by for contingencies but,  as that balance was not called upon, it has now been donated to the Vale of Glamorgan Council to go towards the public cost of carrying out refurbishment of the cenotaph prior to the commemoration of the centenary of the end of the First World War due to he held in November this year.

British Legion Penarth Club officials met representatives of the Vale of Glamorgan Council including Cabinet member Cllr Geoffrey Cox at the cenotaph on Friday to hand over a cheque understood to be for about £2,000 – comprising the outstanding balance in the club’s accounts.

The stained main inscription of the memorial as it looked before restoration work began

There are 521 names on Penarth’s War Memorial – the most complete record there is of the fallen – but they weren’t easy to read

The cenotaph  was designed by the distinguished architect Goscombe John and bears the most complete record there is of all those people from Penarth  who died in the two world wars and in subsequent conflicts.

The memorial is a white granite obelisk with a bronze “Victory” figure on the prow of a ship  facing the sea .

The memorial was originally unveiled on 11 November 1924.  However over the years weather and time have stained the cenotaph making some of the names inscribed upon it hard to read .


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  1. Dizzydeb says:

    Well done British Legion! Such a shame the club shut in Penarth. My dad played snooker with his friends every Friday night for over 60 years!!! Only two of them left now both nearly 90years old.

  2. A Smith says:

    Great to see the cenotaph being refurbished, an excellent cause.

    However the closure of the Legion Club was incredibly sad and directly attributable to the woeful management by the officers of the club over many years. The article says the club is being wound up, just not in an orderly way it would seem. Below is an announcement from the London Gazette:

    “Royal British Legion Club (Penarth) Limited (Register No. 11659 R) the registered office of which is at C/O Doyle Davies, 6 Ynys Bridge Court, Gwaelod-y-Garth, CF15 9SS. The grounds of the cancellation are that the society has wilfully violated section 89 of the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 by not submitting to the Authority any annual returns acceptable for filing since that submitted for the society’s financial year ending 30 September 2014”

    The club was still open until January 2015. Why wouldn’t you file accounts, especially if the club had been paying accountants to compile them? Strange…..

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