World War I in St Breward

St Breward History Group has been successful in obtaining a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help us put on an Exhibition “1914 and beyond – the effect of the Great War on the Parish of St Breward“. The Opening Ceremony will take place on Friday 11 April 2014 at 2p.m. at the Institute and War Memorial Hall. Please put the date in your new diary! The Exhibition will be open after that on Fridays, Sundays and Mondays in the afternoon from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m., staffed by volunteers, until the end of September. Entry will be free, although donations will be welcomed and will be given to the British Legion.

A small ‘management team’ has been set up to co-ordinate everyone’s efforts. The lucky people are: Tony Bertenshaw (Project Manager), Jon Arnold (Finance Controller), Ivor Chivers (Exhibition Co-ordinator), Geoff Burrows (Research Co-ordinator), Hazel Burrows (Conservation Co-ordinator), Brian Hill (Publicity Officer), Veronica Stansfield (Facilities Co-ordinator), Jan Chivers (Treasurer of Institute and War Memorial Hall) and me as Secretary.

We had a meeting in November to get started and another, marathon, meeting today. Some of the items discussed were as follows.

A survey will be coming round to various groups so that we can ascertain the village’s views about the Exhibition and its content.

Invitations will be going out to people such as our MP Dan Rogerson, Councillor John Lugg, Rev Canon Sherry Bryan, Rev Ray Avent, etc., etc., in the second week of January 2014.

We will be holding a Commemoration Day on Sunday 3 August 2014.

Speakers will be booked for various dates during the months from April until September.

‘Mentors’ have been assigned to help the groups and individuals who have agreed to contribute to the Exhibition. The mentors will be contacting contributors during the very early part of January to see how they are getting on.

We are holding a Coffee and Cakes with the History Group on Saturday 11 January 2014 in the Methodist Chapel. We are inviting the village to come and talk to us about the Exhibition, to tell us if they have any memorabilia or tales to tell that they heard at their grandparents’ knees about the Great War, and to bring us photographs to scan and in return we will give them tea, coffee and cake!