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Funding boost for Great War project

The war memorial at the Church of the Holy Trinity, Embleton.

The war memorial at the Church of the Holy Trinity, Embleton.

A First World War research group in a north Northumberland village has received £3,000 towards its project to mark the conflict’s centenary.

The Embleton WW1 Research Group received the grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a project to investigate the life and times of men from Embleton who died during the conflict.

Awarded through HLF’s First World War: Then and now programme, the project will encourage residents of the parish to explore the effects the war had on their local area.

The lives and deaths of men named on the parish war memorial, the school honours board , the URC memorial tray and others will be investigated.

The whole community will have the chance to be involved, from the children attending the school where many of the soldiers were taught to elderly residents.

The research group will collect photographs, newspaper articles, documents, letters and family tales passed down over the years and use them to build up a lasting record of the men.

A book will be published telling their stories and all residences in the parish will receive a free copy.

All children in the parish will be given a special commemorative mug designed by the group.

Mary Kibble, one of the group members, said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, as without this, we would not have been able to publish our findings or produce a commemorative gift for the schoolchildren.”

The head of the HLF in the North East, Ivor Crowther, said: “The impact of the First World War was far-reaching, touching and shaping in every corner of the UK and beyond.

“The Heritage Lottery Fund has already invested more than £45million in projects – large and small – that are marking this centenary.

“Our new small-grants programme is enabling even more communities, like those involved in The lives and times of the men of Embleton who died in the Great War, to explore the continuing legacy of this conflict and help local young people in particular to broaden their understanding.”

 

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