Independent builders merchant Crescent Building supplies has donated materials and covered the labour costs to restore the Fassnidge family tomb at Hillingdon Cemetery.
Managing director of Crescent, Les White, was approached by Angela Martel, the president of The Fassnidge Bowls Club early in 2013, who was concerned with the poor condition and collapse of the Fassnidge family Memorial and asked White if he would provide some building materials for its restoration.
The Fassnidge family business was a major employer and large Building and Construction company in Uxbridge 50 years ago.
“Being aware of the Fassnidge family business, and indeed the history of this once very well established company I agreed to help,” said White.
Kate Fassnidge had also bequeathed property to a charity called Fassnidge Memorial Trust made up of local people who give their time freely. The gardens to the property, known as Fassnidge Park, were left to the Council.
The Trustees body found that there was no financial provision to maintain the memorial and also the Charity Commission refused the Trust’s permission to use the Trust fund to restore it.
“It therefore seemed tragic to me that the memorial should be left to collapse and decay with the passing years and so I agreed that Crescent Building Supplies would supply any materials that may be required in renovating the memorial,” said White. “I also approached a local stone mason and we agreed that Crescent Building Supplies would cover the labour costs as well as supply any materials.
“As a local independent Building Materials supply company, Crescent Building Supplies were very pleased to be able to help and I’m sure if Fassnidge were still building, Crescent would be supplying their materials today.”