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First World War Centenary

A range of activities were undertaken by organisations in South Derbyshire.

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A number of these, including the following walks, were made possible by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant which provided funding to help groups, communities and organisations mark the Centenary by exploring, conserving and sharing the heritage of the First World War, from memorials, buildings and sites, to photographs, letters and literature.

The following walks were developed by Dot Morson with support from the Magic Attic and can be downloaded from the related documents section of the page.

Swadlincote’s Great War Walk ‘Echoes of Heroes’ was walked for the first time on Thursday 14 August 2014. It is a pleasant urban walk linking two parks and reveals evidence of changes to Swadlincote’s landscape in the post WW1 years, especially in the development of two memorial parks: Eureka Park and Maurice Lea Memorial Park.

Each park also has a commemorative history trail containing more information about the reasons why each park was given to local people as a memorial to the First World War.

Moving further out into the District, ‘Lullington – The Home Front’ was walked for the first time on Saturday 14 February 2015 and is a short walk around the village looking at changes which happened as a results of social and economic changes following WW1.

A commemorative walk around Bretby was the last in the series to be completed and along with the others is available from Swadlincote Tourist Information Centre.

For more information about this project, please contact the Environmental Education Project.

The Magic Attic First World War Commemorative Exhibition was held at Swadlincote Town Hall from 25 to 28 July 2014 - Local social history photography with a First World War theme, drawing on the archives of The Magic Attic.

Drumhead Service of Remembrance – on Saturday 6 September 2014 an open air ceremony led by The Royal British Legion: Swadlincote and District Branch was staged on The Delph market square in Swadlincote town centre.

Last Night of the Proms – on Saturday 6 September 2014 the Newhall Band presented a wide range of stirring music and flag waving favourites at The Glade at Rosliston Forestry Centre. First World War commemorations played a large part of the theme for the evening which included a special beacon lighting.

Findern Footpaths Group worked with Findern Historical Society to sow beds of Flanders poppies in commemoration of the First World War. Look out for displays of poppies in All Saints churchyard, Brook Close and near the King George V playing field. The latter site has been sown in beds which were prepared by the Community Payback Team to spell '1914-1918'.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the commencement of the Great War 1914-1918, Ticknall Parish Council unveiled The Ticknall Memorial Map in the Village Hall Garden, Ingleby Lane, Ticknall on 2 August 2014. The map shows local footpaths and has a link on it to several local walks in and around Ticknall. The Map is dedicated to the 128 men who served in WWI. It features notable Ticknall buildings which were illustrated by Juliet Boucher, and the map case was designed and crafted by local master blacksmith David Tucker. Incorporated in its design are 19 poppies that represent the 19 Ticknall men who died in The Great War.

Eureka Park in Swadlincote is well known for its First World War Memorial Gates off Midland Road, which bear plaques naming local people who died in the First and Second World Wars. The gates, originally installed in 1926, have been restored as part of the wider revamp of Eureka Park which is being funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund through the Parks for People Programme. A rededication ceremony will take place once the gate restoration is complete.

Please use the form below to let us have details of the public events and activities that you are organising in South Derbyshire.

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South Derbyshire District Council
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