Raising funds for a permanent memorial to the legendary Led Zeppelin drummer in his home town of Redditch, Worcestershire
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The aim of the John Bonham Memorial Fund is to raise an initial £50,000 for the design and installation of a fitting permanent memorial in Redditch town centre, the birthplace of the legendary drummer from Led Zeppelin.
The preferred location for the memorial is on the Church Green, behind St Stephen's church, next to the Bandstand and Bartleet Fountain, on land owned by Redditch Borough Council.
Any additional monies raised will be used to cover future maintenance costs.
Donations can be made securely online through our GoldenGiving.com page (click on tab below).
"John played the drums like someone who didn't know what was going to happen next - like he was teetering on the edge of a cliff. No one has come close to that since, and I don't think anybody ever will. I think he will forever be the greatest drummer of all time." Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters
Update October 2017
WE'VE DONE IT- PLANNING PERMISSION FOR JOHN'S MEMORIAL SECURED!
On Wednesday evening 11th October, Redditch Borough Council's Planning Committee granted planning permission to install a bronze memorial to John on Mercian Square in the heart of the town centre. It's taken us over 5 years to get to this point and we are over the moon.
We have the money for the sculpture itself and our sculptor, internationally renowned artist Mark Richards, has begun work already to ensure we have the memorial in place by 31st May 2018, John's 70th Birthday. Further info to follow.
We now need to raise a further £10,000 to cover installation and ongoing maintenance costs. A crowdfunding campaign will be launched shortly. Meanwhile, donations can be made securely online through our GoldenGiving.com page (click on tab below).
Thank you for your support.
Update July 2017
Well after a few setbacks earlier this year, we're pleased to tell you that we are once again moving forward with John's memorial. We have a new sculptor on board and a new location in the town centre, close to the original site.
A plaster maquette is currently being produced to accompany a new Planning Application to be submitted ahead of the Council's October Planning meeting. We are grateful to Redditch Borough Council Officers for their guidance with this fresh application.
Funding for the design and production of the Memorial has been secured. We are now focusing our fundraising efforts on monies for the actual installation works and ongoing maintenance costs once in situ.
We are aiming to have the Memorial installed for John's 70th Birthday on 31st May 2018.
JOHN BONHAM HONOURED WITH A BLUE PLAQUE AT HIS BIRTHPLACE
The heritage plaque was unveiled at 84 Birchfield Rd, Headless Cross, Redditch, Worcestershire, England B97 4LH by Deborah Bonham (John's sister) & Bev Bevan (Drummer, The Move & ELO) for BBC Hereford & Worcester Radio on Thursday 15th June to mark BBC Music Day 2017.