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WWI grants unite generations

People from across the generations will be remembering World War I at a community event in Hormead which has received a £350 grant from East Herts Council's community pot.

­­­­­­­Organised by Hormead Parish Council the commemoration will feature older people telling their stories, while a local young person will play the Last Post at 6.55pm as part of the WWI Beacon of Light National Tribute.

In the grant application Hormead parish clerk Colin Marks explained that the parish comprised of three rural villages with no street lights and virtually no pavement, making it difficult for older people to get out and about. "This will be an inclusive event for all ages, and provide an opportunity to interact across the various age groups."

Clay poppies

The 1st Much Hadham Scouts, who have been busy creating 500 clay poppies for a tea party for all ages in the scout hut, received £935.

 

Other WWI events that received grants included:

·        Stanstead Abbotts and District Evergreen Club anniversary tea party for 35 people aged 70 plus - £300  

·        Armistice Day event for 100 people aged 65 plus in Sawbridgeworth Memorial Hall - £500

·        Nostalgia Day in Sawbridgeworth Memorial Hall - £500

·        Benington Recreation Ground charity "Battle's Over..." event and beacon lighting - £350 

·        1st Watton at Stone Scouts and Guides five-day educational trip to WWI battlefields in Belgium for children and parents and a community event - £250.

Eric Buckmaster, executive member for health and wellbeing, said: "One of the aims of East Herts Council's community grants scheme is to support events that bring people of all ages together and help to foster a community spirit.

"The range of events being put together by voluntary groups across East Herts is truly impressive so it's very satisfying that we've been able to contribute to them."

 

November 5 2018