Grave restoration – step two

Footings in ready for constructuon of the new grave architecure once work is completed in the workshop.

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Grave restoration – step one

On the morning of Tuesday 9th October the team from Midland Conservation lifted the ledger stone and removed it off site. The details of Ellen Maria, Thomas Henry Gem’s wife, are to be engraved on the stone as she is buried here too but unrecorded on site.

Stone has been ordered for the construction of the new grave architecture. Completeion date awaited.

The ledger stone to the grave of the family Lawson, over which that from Gem’s grave was slid many years ago, is now seeing the daylight once again!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Grave restoraton commissioned

Job done.

At long last, with sufficient monies raised, the restoration work has been commissioned via Midland Conservation Limited. A site meeting was held recently and materials ordered.

The ledger stone should be lifted early in October and taken into the workshop for the engraving of Harry Gem’s wife’s details.

More on the schedule as it is known.

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Appeal has raised £8,000 of the £10,000 target

Our appeal for funds to restore Harry’s grave in Warstone Lane Cemetery, Birmingham has reached £8,000 and we send our grateful thanks to all the organisations and individuals who have given so genereously.

We have launched a Crowdfunder campaign to raise the final £2,000. Please help by giving what you can and spreading the word among your friends.

Click here for details

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Grave Restoration Appeal – Video

Gem's sketch of himself playing with Perera, against doctors Haynes and Tompkins, at the club they founded in Leamington.We’ll be launching a Crowdfunder Appeal in June to raise the remainder of the money required to commission the work to restore Harry’s grave. In the meantime, here’s an extended version of our video giving some of the background to the story of Harry Gem and Augurio Perera and details of the restoration plan.

Click here for video.

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A Birmingham Gem

Article from the Birmingham Post of 9th October 1962, the 100th anniversary of Harry Gem’s run from Birmingham to Warwick.

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Harry Gem Grave Restoration Appeal

We’ve raised just in excess of £5,500 so far and need another £2,000 – 2,500 in order to commission the work. On top of that we hope to raise £1,000 – 1,500 to hold in trust to cover future maintenance requirements. If you can help please contact us at: theharrygemproject@gmail.com.

Click here to see our video giving a brief introduction to Harry’s story.

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Real Tennis at Leamington Spa

The Leamington Tennis Court Club was established in 1846 and Harry Gem joined in 1872.  The club is discreetly located at the heart of Royal Leamington Spa and here members may play tennis, squash rackets, rackets and fives. Click here to see a real tennis match at Leamington.

The All England Club adopted the real tennis method of  scoring (love, fifteen, thirty, forty) when revising the laws of lawn tennis in 1877, in readiness for the first championships at Wimbledon.

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Ready to play!

The racquets kindly donated by Grays are now ready for the upcoming season of demo days, etc.

We send our thanks too for the good offices of Norman Hyde, at the Leamington Tennis Court Club, in organising the stringing by Tom Granville, head professional at the Moreton Morrell Tennis Court Club. Nice work Tom and many thanks.

 

 

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Harry Gem Grave Restoration Appeal – £5,500 raised so far

The appeal for funds to restore Harry Gem’s grave in Warstone Lane Cemetery at the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter has begun.

Just over £7,000 is needed to rebuild the grave architecture and we aim to raise an extra £2,000 to provide a fund for maintenance in the future.

So far we have raised £5,500, over two thirds of the amount for the restoration, and hope to have the full amount in place ready to commission the work later in the year.

If you would like to contribute please contact us by email: theharrygemproject@gmail.com

Here’s a sample of the material we’ve been sending out to potential ‘corporate” sponsors (click images to enlarge):

 

 

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