There’s still some funding left to commemorate WW1 in Cotswolds
Release date: 19 November 2018
Photo shows community tribute evening at Guiting Power .
The Acting Leader of Cotswold District Council is reminding the public that there is still funding available to help communities wishing to commemorate the end of the First World War. Earlier this year, the Council set aside a total of £25,500 for this specific purpose and there is still some money left over should communities require assistance in procuring memorials.
Commenting at the CDC Cabinet meeting on 15 November, Cllr Nick Parsons, said
“I am delighted that we have managed to award WW1 commemorative grants to part fund events, and help procure commemorative items and memorials in communities across the Cotswolds. I am very grateful to the residents within Parish and Town Councils and Parochial Church Councils who came forward to match our funding, and the many volunteers who assisted on an unpaid basis.
“There is still some funding available to support WW1 commemorations until the end of the financial year in March 2019. In particular, there is still potential for communities to create memorials even though the time for commemorative centenary events has now passed.”
Anyone interested in applying for this financial assistance should approach their CDC ward councillor – see www.cmis.cotswold.gov.uk/cmis5/Councillors.aspx for details.
Funding so far
Aside from helping fund a range of commemorative events in the Cirencester area, which included the now famous ‘human poppy’ commemoration in the town’s market place, CDC has also contributed funds to the following:
Avening – creating a community drama.
Bibury – memorial bench.
Bourton-on-the-Hill – planting poppies along verges.
Bourton-on-the-Water – celebrating the life of Dudley Johnson, the only soldier from the Cotswolds to be awarded the Victoria Cross.
Cerney Wick– display boards for exhibition of lives of five local men.
Chipping Campden – installation of two commemorative benches on the memorial green.
Chesterton – commemorative bench near the shopping parade.
Coberley – commemorative leaflet.
Daglingworth – printing costs associated with an Armistice service at Daglingworth church.
Ebrington – play based on local people during WW1.
Evenlode – purchase of tree and memorial plaque
Fairford – development and publication of book. WW1 materials for display at Fairford festival.
Guiting Power – WW1 exhibition and drama.
Kemble – beacon and social event
Kempsford – ‘Tommy silhouettes’ for Kempsford church
Little Rissington – replacement oak gate at St Peters church which features a commemoration of the fallen.
Longborough – restoration of war memorial.
Mickleton – performance of commemorative play. Garden of remembrance.
Moreton-in-Marsh – repair of war memorial.
North Cerney – memorial bench.
Oddington – commemorative maps and plaques.
Poulton –restoration of war memorial.
Shipton Moyne – commemorative bench.
South Cerney – creation of commemorative film.
Stow-on-the-Wold – drama presentation and tea dance.
Tetbury - Contributions towards knitted poppies and ‘Tommy’ silhouettes as part of Tetbury’s programme of activities. Exhibition to recognise contribution of Australian Air Corps.
Watermoor – creation of permanent memorial.
Weston-sub-Edge – memorial bench.
Willersey – commemorative bench
Wyck Rissington – commemorative bench.