The latest round of funding for Nottinghamshire County Council’s Community Commemoration Fund is now underway.
Towns and villages across the county can claim up to £300 to help them commemorate the Great War in their local area.
Round seven of the fund is open for applications until Friday, July 14, for activities that will take place between August 2017 and January 2018.
The fund was set up to support local community groups to organise events to bring the history of the 1914 – 18 War to life and help people understand how it impacted on their community.
Among the successful applicants in round six were:
- Newark and Sherwood Play Support Group – local children will work with an artist to produce a banner depicting their drawings and poetry which reflects their views about the Great War and how it affected local history. The banner will be displayed in Newark Town Hall
- Norwell CofE Primary School – the funding contributed to travel costs for the planned visit to Perlethorpe Environmental Education Centre. Pupils will take part in the Nottinghamshire Schools Great war activity programme and explore the Trench system that still exists today
- Queens Royal Lancers and Nottinghamshire Yeomanry Museum, Thorseby Court – the funding will enhance the visitor experience to the QRL&NYM by providing an educational exhibition for all ages of the County's Cavalry Regiments’ deployment and involvement during the Great War. This free exhibition will hopefully attract more than 35,000 visitors each year.
Mick Holtby, curator of the Queens Royal Lancers and Nottinghamshire Yeomanry Museum, said: “Nottinghamshire County Council’s contribution towards the museum’s new exhibition has greatly enhanced our 'Call to Arms' project, in which visitors can experience and learn about life in the trenches, and the part played by local regiments during the conflict.”
Cllr Keith Girling, the Council’s Armed Forces Champion, added: “It is important that people never forget the sacrifices and bravery displayed by so many men and women from Nottinghamshire, particularly the 13,000 who lost their lives as a result of the Great War.
“One of the main aims of the fund is that activities will bring communities together and highlight the social and economic change of the times.”
Groups can apply for funding by applying on the online form from http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/culture-leisure/heritage/community-commemoration-fund