Our Village sign was installed in 1956 and has stood at the junction of Church Lane and Eaton Street for 65 years. The sign is owned by the City Council although EVRA has arranged and paid for repainting on several occasions. You will have noticed that it is now in need of a bit of care and attention to give it a new lease of life. A local specialist has inspected the sign and advised that it requires a new post, repairs to some of the carved detail on the west facing side and repainting.
We are working with the City Council to determine how any work is undertaken and EVRA has offered to raise funds for the refurbishment. There are few workshops specialising in this work and indicative costs for refurbishment and supply of a new post are around £3000 with additional costs for removal and re-installation. For comparison, a new replacement oak or metal sign and post would cost at least £6000 plus fitting. The sign has welcomed visitors to Norwich, on what was the old road to the City, for 65 years and deserves to be preserved for future generations.
During 2021 our main fund raising events will be for the refurbishment of the sign but you can also donate to the project via the EVRA postbox in Waitrose or delivering these to 54 Greenways or 21 Ebbisham Drive. Any cheques should be made payable to “Eaton Village Residents’ Association” and please mark your envelope as “Village Sign Donation”.
You can also pay directly into the EVRA bank account, which would be helpful. The details are: Sort Code: 20-62-53 Account No. 90029262 Account Name: Eaton Village Residents Association. Please include your “name and Village Sign” as reference so that we know your payment is a donation for our Village Sign refurbishment project.