Restoration of the YMCA Emblem

Restoration of the YMCA Emblem

The Fovant Badges Society’s Conservation Officer Leslie Brantingham, together with Corporal Adam Booth of D Company, 5 Rifles (based in Bulford, Wiltshire), put together a detailed restoration plan. In July and August 2018, preliminary work was carried out on Fovant Down. Then in August 2018, soldiers from D Company fully restored and re-chalked the YMCA emblem in under three days! Under the guidance of Leslie, they worked tirelessly to achieve this magnificent result. We would like to thank all the officers and men of D Company, and members of Army Media & Comms who took photos and drone footage during the restoration


Below is the report that Leslie wrote, giving details of the background to the project and how it was achieved.


Here’s a photo of the commemorative mug we distributed to all who helped with the restoration.

And more good news ………

The soldiers of D Company restored the YMCA emblem in such quick time, there was a ‘target of opportunity’ to help on another moribund badge. The riflemen, with the guidance of the Sutton Mandeville Heritage Trust (SMHT) they de-turfed the “Shiny 7” badge on Sutton Down (in under two hours!!), ready for re-chalking. The Trust has now fully restored that badge (thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and hard work by Earlecoate Construction Limited).