A thoughtful donation

Project Vernon has received a welcome cheque for £303.59 from the PayPal Giving Fund:

"These funds are a grant that was made possible by donors who gave to PayPal Giving Fund and recommended that we use the funds to benefit your charity".

It transpires that these were the proceeds from a Facebook Birthday Fundraiser dedicated to Project Vernon back in July.

To do the same, go to https://socialgood.fb.com/charitable-giving/birthday-fundraiser and select THE VERNON MINE WARFARE AND DIVING MONUMENT as the recipient.

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Latest artist's impression

Here's the latest 'artist's impression' of the Vernon Minewarfare & Diving Monument in situ in Pool B at Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth, the site previously occupied by HMS VERNON. It is based on a 3D printed model using a laser scan of the half life-size maquette.

The finished bronze structure, due to be installed next spring, will be one-and-a-quarter life-size and will be dedicated to all those involved with minewarfare, diving and EOD - past, present and future.

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Thank you sculptor Mark Richards for doing such a fantastic job!

Scanning of the Maquette

A significant milestone has been achieved with Project Vernon, the campaign to erect a monument at the marina, residential and retail development at Gunwharf Quays, formerly HMS VERNON, in Portsmouth to celebrate all those - past, present and future - involved with minewarfare & diving operations.  The bronze sculpture is due to be installed next spring where it will be seen by an annual footfall of 8 million visitors.

Laser scanning of the half life-size model was conducted on Thursday 8 August. This will enable casting of the one-and-a-quarter life-size bronze sculpture and, eventually, miniatures in various materials.

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These photos show the enormous complexity of the task and the fine detail sculptor Mark Richards has applied to his creation without making it a characterless static 'teaching aid'. He said that balancing such a large inanimate object as a moored mine with the dynamic human life forms of the divers so that they work in harmony was his greatest challenge and his greatest cause of satisfaction.

For further background, information and pictures, go to the Project Vernon website at www.vernon-monument.org.uk/ or the Project's Facebook group at www.facebook.com/groups/vernonmonument/

Monitoring progress on the model of the sculpture

On 16 July, Project Vernon volunteers David Sandiford, Grenville Johnson MBE, Martyn Holloway and Rob Hoole accompanied sculptor Mark Richards and his assistant Emma Lilley to the Morris Singer foundry at Lasham in Hampshire to witness some of the processes it will use to cast the Vernon Minewarfare & Diving Monument in bronze. The monument is due to be installed next year in Pool B at Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth, the former location of HMS VERNON.

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On 6 August, a panel of Project Vernon volunteers, constituting members of the main supporting organisations (MCDOA, AORNFCD, MWA, TCA and RNCDA), visited the studio of distinguished sculptor Mark Richards in Ludlow, Shropshire and approved his final design of the Vernon Minewarfare & Diving Monument. The Project Vernon panel comprised Grenville Johnson MBE, Colin 'Scouse' Kidman QGM, David Sandiford, John 'George' Turnbull and Yours Truly (Rob Hoole), seen here flanking sculptor Mark Richards and his assistant Emma Lilley.

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This is Mark Richards’ studio, a converted school which was previously a workhouse.

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This is the half life-size model from which the one-and-a-quarter life-size bronze sculpture, and eventually miniatures, will be produced.

N.B. The supporting scaffolding poles will not appear in the finished product!