Funding awarded for First World War centenary projects

We are delighted to announce that Chiltern District Council is  supporting 11 different community projects in the Chiltern District to mark the centenary of the First World War next month.

Local community organisations were invited to apply for the small grants scheme to help fund First World War commemoration projects.

The projects successful in their funding applications cover a whole range of special activities, from beacons of lights to flags to craft events.

The Council is also contributing £1000 to the countywide WW1 Centenary event which is taking place in Aylesbury on Sunday 11th November, which CDC Armed Forces Champion Cllr Mimi Harker will be attending.

Cllr Mimi Harker said: "I am thrilled that Chiltern District Council is able to support some of the fantastic local projects that are taking place to commemorate the First World War centenary. It's wonderful to see all the different ways in which the various towns and villages across the district are planning to mark the occasion, to honour those who gave their lives in the conflict and say thank you to everyone who contributed to the war effort."

The projects we have awarded grants to are as follows:

  • Chalfont St Giles Parish Council - contribution towards a series of Chalfont St Giles Remembers events and activities.
  • Chesham Town Council - contribution towards a lone piper playing 'The Battle's Over' on 11 November and evening commemorations including a beacon being lit.
  • Mini Movers and Shakers - funding to provide a session creating WW1 themed rocks, inspired by the Chesham Rocks Facebook movement. The session will focus on interaction between the older members of the Chesham Methodist Church Movers & Shakers group, alongside a group of parents and children visitors
  • Penn & Tylers Green Remembers - contribution towards activities that will take place between 10th -17th  November to commemorate villagers from Penn and Tylers Green who gave their lives during the First World War. This includes the erection of 58 wooden crosses, a flagpole and the lighting of a beacon. Each cross will have the name of each serviceman, regiment, date of birth and where they lived in the village and a local historian will engage with the local school explaining the relevance of the 58 crosses.
  • Hilltop villages Good Neighbours Group and supporting organisations: Hawridge and Cholesbury Commons Preservation Society, Cholesbury-cum-St Leonards Local History Group - Contribution towards a wooden bench on Hawridge and Cholesbury Commons with an inscription dedicated to those from the villages of Buckland Common, Cholesbury, Hawridge and St Leonards who gave their lives in the First World War. Research conducted by the local history group has identified over 175 local men who served in the Armed services during WW1.
  • Amersham Town Council - Contributions towards the local 'Beacons of Light' event where Amersham school children have painted and decorated 100 mini beacons (Tea lights) in support of the National WW1 'Beacons of Light' (Battle is Over) event.
  • Chalfont St. Peter Parish Council - Contributions towards the commemorative flags which will decorate the centre of the village.  The flags have been designed by the Parish Council in partnership with the Royal British Legion. 
  • Seer Green Village - Contributions towards Seer Green village hosting a community event where 13 wooden and metal structures and ceramic poppies will be displayed at the war memorial in the village.  This event will be an opportunity for villagers to come together to share and experience food and drink from around the world.
  • Old Amersham Revitalisation Group - Contribution towards the purchase of a 'Tommy' silhouette to be installed in the Memorial Gardens in Amersham Old Town.
  • Little Chalfont Parish Council - Contribution towards the purchase of 22 flags to be attached to the flag poles in the village.  The flags are specifically for the commemoration and represent the British Armed Forces.
  • Chalfont St. Giles Revitalisation group - Contribution towards the Chalfont St Giles WW1 book to commemorate the war and links to Chalfont St Giles.  This will highlight war efforts and record local individual accounts.  The intention is to display the book in the Church with a few hard back copies available.