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Kent in World War 1 website

The exciting new website, Kent in WW1 (http://kentww1.com/) developed by Screen South in partnership with communities and organisations from across the Kent coast, is now live.  It is the culmination of a successful Heritage Lottery Funded project that began in 2013.

Screen shot of the new website

Screen shot of the new website

Ashford Borough Museum build a trench!












With sights, sounds and smells from the Western Front, this small but effective display, built for only £150 by museum volunteers, really captures the imagination of children and adult visitors alike.

Find out more about Ashford Museum on their website.


What do you think of the new Sainsbury’s Christmas advert?

This year’s Christmas ad from Sainsbury’s is made in partnership with The Royal British Legion, and commemorates the extraordinary events of Christmas Day, 1914, when the guns fell silent and two armies met in no-man’s land, sharing gifts – and even playing football together.

The chocolate bar featured in the ad is on sale now at Sainsbury’s. All profits (50p per bar) will go to The Royal British Legion and will benefit our armed forces and their families, past and present.

To watch a short film of the story behind the ad here: http://youtu.be/2s1YvnfcFVs and watch the making of the ad here: http://youtu.be/Jx3pQWbysmM

To find out more about the ad: www.inspiration.sainsburys-live-well-for­-less.co.uk/about-our-christmas-tv-ad/

‘All Together Now’ by Peace Collective played at Wembley (money raised goes to The Shorncliffe Trust)


Twice a top five hit for The Farm in 1990 and in 2004, ‘All Together Now’ has been re-recorded by a host of music stars to mark the 100th anniversary of the Christmas Day Truce during World War One, the events of which inspired the song.  The single received it’s first playing at the Women’s England versus Germany match this weekend at Wembley in front of a sell-out crowd.  Find out who features on the single on The FA website or read more on the BBC website.

All profits from the release on 15 December will go to the British Red Cross and the Shorncliffe Trust in Kent.

The Shorncliffe Trust are also working with UEFA on their Christmas truce memorial at Plug Street, Belgium this December with members of the team setting up the WW1 hospital as part of the visitor experience over the weeke#alltogethernownd before Christmas.

Victoria Cross commemorative paving stones – stones being laid today, 23rd August 2014


MP Eric Pickles, Communities Secretary, addresses the crowds in East Grinstead this morning

Throughout August and September 2013, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles will honour Victoria Cross recipients from the First World War.  Commemorative paving stones will be laid in the birth place of Victoria Cross recipients to:

  • honour their bravery
  • provide a lasting legacy of local heroes within communities
  • enable residents to gain a greater understanding of how their area fitted into the First World War story

A total of 628 Victoria Crosses were awarded during the First World War:

  • 454 Victoria Crosses were awarded to UK-born recipients
  • 173 were awarded to servicemen who fought for Britain, but were born overseas
  • 1 person was awarded the Victoria Cross twice during the First World War

See the full list of Victoria Cross recipients.

The first Victoria Cross commemorative paving stone is being laid today (Saturday 23rd August 2014) , at East Grinstead High Street to honour Private Sidney Godley VC.  You can find out more about Sidney Godley in East Grinstead Museum’s exhibition ‘For King and Country’ (visit their website or Facebook page for more details).

Other commemorative paving stone events taking place today are:

  • Corporal Charles Garforth VC – Brent, London
  • Lieutenant Maurice Dease VC – Dublin, Ireland
  • Lance Corporal Charles Jarvis VC – Fraserburgh (Aberdeenshire Council)

For more details of forthcoming events taking place across the county, visit the Government website.

When are the Kent events taking place (and have we remembered all the Kent VC recipients)?  Let us know and we can share the details here on the blog.

FWW toolkit from the DCMS

DCMS-community-toolkitThe Department for Culture, Media and Sport have released a ‘First World War centenary toolkit for local communities‘.  From finding events in your area to advice for organising your own commemorations, this First World War centenary programme toolkit provides bitesized facts and suggestions to help local communities get the most from the centenary programme.

The easy-to-navigate guide has lots of helpful ideas, suggestions and links to the most up-to-date information on local and national events and activities.

Take a look at other Government First World War Centenary news and initiatives,  here.


ACE announce new FWW funding programme

Arts Council England will invest £5 million of Lottery funding into ’14-18 Now: Artists from around the world to mark the First World War Centenary’, their First World War Centenary cultural programme. It will fund special commissions by leading artists from Britain and around the world as part of the UK’s official centenary commemorations.

14-18 Now will co-commission artist-led creations, events and activities across a range of art forms. The programme aims to engage communities all over the UK, with a particular focus on young people. It will also be seeking collaborations and partnerships with the many countries all over the world that took part in the First World War.

To read more, visit the ACE website.

Grants for War Memorials in England – Deadline Extended

Organisations have until 6 January 2014 to submit an application for funding to repair and conserve freestanding war memorials in England.

There are estimated to be more than 100,000 war memorials in the UK. Many of these are treasured but others are neglected and vandalised or left to suffer the effects of ageing and weathering. This funding is intended only for freestanding war memorials in England with no other functional purpose than as a war memorial.

Applications can be made for grants of up to 75% of project costs to a maximum of £30,000 depending on the project.

Funding can be used for the following:

  • Urgent and necessary repairs and structural stabilisation.
  • Cleaning under certain circumstances.
  • Reinstatement of lost elements which form an integral part of the design of the memorial when supported by historical evidence.
  • Works relating to hard landscaping which forms an integral part of the design of the monument.

Organisations that can meet the following criteria may apply:

  • The project must be over £3,000.
  • If the total project cost is over £20,000 a conservation-accredited architect or surveyor must be contracted on the project.
  • If the applicant is not responsible for the memorial, written permission must be supplied from the owner consenting to the works.
  • Any additional permissions required, such as Listed Building Consent, must be obtained before commencement.
  • Three quotes are required for an application to this scheme.

Interested groups should complete a ‘Grants Pre-application form’ and send photographs of the memorial. Projects which are considered eligible will be sent the relevant application form.

Decisions on applications are advised approximately 10 weeks after the deadline

Full details can be found on the War Memorial Trusts website

Can you help BBC South East Today?

BBC South East Today reporter, Sara Smith, is working on their coverage to mark 100 years since the start of WWI – and wants to hear from you.

Sara is currently putting together a short piece on the role of women in Britain during the war.  As well as using archives of women working on the land, in munitions factories and as firefighters, she’d like to touch on the overall impact on their lives both during and after.

She is particularly interested in gathering an overview of the impact on women upon taking over what were traditionally men’s jobs during the war – and then being removed from them just as quickly.  If there is someone out there who might have a family story to tell, or you have some information in your archive or collection, then please get in touch with her directly. 

Contact Sara Smith on: 07809 597697 or email her: sara.smith@bbc.co.uk