Shropshire Council

Memorial consultation

Dear parent, 

Having worked closely in recent months with Mr Glen Perkins (chair of the Action for Ashes group) we're now pleased to be able to confirm the options available to parents for their baby’s memorial name plaque and inscription within the book of remembrance.

Please refer to the photo examples of the various options attached to this page.

Size of memorial name plaque

There are two sizes being offered. The smaller size measures approximately 35cm length by 10cm height. This size can accommodate an illustrated design on the left of the plaque, the required name and then two additional lines of text of around 28 characters per line.

The larger size is approximately the same length but is 18cm in height.  This size can again accommodate an illustrated design on the left of the plaque, the required name and then six additional lines of text of around 28 characters per line.

Please note that the number of characters is an approximation as it will depend on the number of words required, and therefore the number of blank spaces (not counted as a character) necessary between words.  Please also note that, to a degree, the font size is determined by the number of characters you require. More characters may require a smaller font size. The commissioned stonemason will work hard to achieve what you require, and we'll share a draft with you for your approval before creating the memorial plaque.

Type of stone to be used and colour of text

There are two stone types being offered: a white nabreseina limestone and a Welsh grey slate (both types shown in the photos above). On the slate plaques white, gold, pink or blue can be used for the text. On the white stone black, gold, pink or blue can be used for the text.

Choice of image/design

During the various consultation stages with parents for the main sculpted memorial some parents suggested the following designs:

  • A flower
  • A baby
  • A teddy
  • A bunny
  • A cherub
  • A butterfly
  • A balloon
  • A kite

One design of your choosing from the above list can be added to your baby’s memorial plaque if you wish.

To confirm, there is no charge to parents for the memorial name plaques or for an inscription within the book of remembrance. We understand that at present parents and families may well have more pressing matters to attend to. Therefore, to confirm, this is an open-ended offer without time limit.

Please take sufficient time to consider what wording you require and your various choices, as once work is commenced on a memorial plaque or inscription it can't be easily amended.

In due course please confirm your instruction, indicating your choices against the following six categories:

The size of plaque you require, either small or large

The type of stone you require, either slate or nabreseina

The colour of text you require, white (slate only), black (nabreseina only), gold, blue or pink

Your chosen illustration (if any) eg teddy

The name for the memorial as you wish it to appear

Your choice of words, set out as you require them

How to let us know your choices

Please email your instruction, confirming your name, to memorialconsultation@shropshire.gov.uk, or if you prefer post your instruction to:

Memorial Consultation
Shropshire Council,
Shirehall,
Abbey Foregate,
Shrewsbury,
SY2 6ND.

What will happen next?

Once your instruction is received it will be passed on to the stonemason, who will then create a draft design that will be sent to you for your approval. Once approved the memorial plaque will be created. When several memorials have been created these will be installed together on the inner cloister wall at Longden Road Chapel.

Book of remembrance

Once we have your instruction this will also automatically be used, unless you notify us differently, for an entry in the book of remembrance (a variation is possible if you require). Please confirm the date (only day/month is required) on which you wish the inscription to appear. 

Update on the sculpted memorial

An official order was placed last year with the artist who will create the sculpted memorial. We're advised that the stone has been ordered from the quarry, and we're awaiting its delivery and for the sculptor to start work on it. Please refer to this webpage for further updates.

We look forward to hearing from you in due course.

Kind regards,

Bereavement Services
Shropshire Council