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 find out more about the ad: www.inspiration.sainsburys-live-well-for-less.co.uk/about-our-christmas-tv-ad/
Ernie Brennan (Director of the National Children’s Football Alliance) would like to invite all Centenary Partners to take part in the Peace Day Celebrations being held as part of the Football & Peace project.
The day is being held on Friday 25th April at Maidstone United Gallagher Football Club, Maidstone, ME14 1LQ, and is FREE to all. Partners are invited to set up a First World War themed display/stand between 10am-4pm. To see the full programme of the day, visit their website here.
For further details and to register your interest, contact Ernie asap on firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com, or 01732 424080 / 07813 082584.
The National Children’s Football Alliance, based at Kings Hill, are leading the HLF-funded Football & Peace UK project for school children aged 11-14:
The Football & Peace UK pilot project is inspired by the events of the Christmas Truce of 1914 and explores the role of sport during the First World War as reflected in the experiences of local people.
In January 2014, the Kent History & Library Centre & Maidstone Museum hosted Football & Peace First World war learning sessions for visiting school parties from:
- High Weald Academy, Cranbrook
- Swadelands School, Lenham
- Herne Bay High School
- Borden Grammar School, Sittingbourne
- The Isle of Sheppey Academy, Minster
As part of the learning session at the KHLC, the students investigated our First World War local history resources in a range of formats and answered research questions.
Research themes included:
• First World War Sport & Propaganda
• First World War Sport & Recruitment
• Taking a stand for Peace:
Exploring the stories of Conscientious Objectors in Kent
• Marking the peace in Kent
• Walter Tull- From Folkestone boy to First World War icon
The NCFA were filming for a project documentary during our January FWW learning sessions.
A key future date for Football & Peace project activity will be Friday 25th April 2014: ‘A Peace Day Celebration at the Gallagher Stadium, Maidstone United Football Club’. The event is for Participating Schools, First World War Centenary Partners, Special Guests & the General Public. Project work undertaken by school project participants will be displayed and recorded. There will be a range of sport activities for school project participants, played in the spirit of the 1914 Christmas Truce.
(with thanks to Rob Illingworth, Service Development Librarian- Local History, KCC Libraries, Registration and Archives)
Join us at the Royal Engineers Museum in Gillingham for an afternoon of networking and discussions around how Kent & Medway is planning to commemorate the First World War Centenary.
Hear from various organisations and their current plans, including:
ViolaFilms and their recent project, ‘Time Bleeds’, filmed in Folkestone
The National Children’s Football Alliance and the ‘Football & Peace’ project in Maidstone
Screen South’s recently successful HLF application developing the ‘Kent in WW1’ project for coastal Kent
An Arts & Humanities Research Council Co-ordination bid update from the University of Kent
News from the Lieutenancy and the commemorations they are supporting
- An update from HLF on their First World War funding strand
This is a follow-on session from the previous afternoon get-together we held in March. Since then, we have created a Steering Group to lead a co-ordinated approach to the sharing and promotion of information (including the launch of this blog), as well as 3 working groups, who we will hear from on the day.
To book, visit: http://fwwupdate.eventbrite.co.uk/ (PLEASE NOTE: You must represent an organisation who is planning something in commemoration of the FWW – many apologies, but this session is not for general members of the public.)