Outbreak of World War 1 Centenary Family Commemoration

Sunday August 3rd 2014 – Minting Village Hall

This new project aims to bring the WWI stories of those families who are living TODAY in, Gautby, Minting, Waddingworth and Wispington, together. We want to pull the disparate strands of the different backgrounds of the people who live in our villages NOW. WW1 tore lives apart but it also brought people together, whose paths would never otherwise have crossed. We want to capture the history of the world during this period through the histories of the peoples who live today in our villages.

People who live in Gautby, Minting, Waddingworth and Wispington area are invited to:

· Come and Share Your Family’s WW1 Stories for new Heritage Project
· Bring a Picnic Lunch or buy an Afternoon Tea
· Attend the unveiling of Thankful Village Plaque at 11:00 am
· Share in the Exhibition of WWI Family Memorabilia – have you some photos, diaries, artefacts you could share/lend?

11:00 – Plaque Unveiling

Minting is a Thankful Village; a village where all the men who fought in WW1 returned. Last year two men from Wales (Medwyn Parry & Dougie Bancroft) visited all 51 Thankful Villages in England & Wales by motorcycle calling in at Minting on 1st August. At each village they presented a slate plaque and a certificate with the request that all 51 plaques be unveiled at 11.00am on Sunday 3rd August 2014 – the nearest Sunday to 4th August which is the accepted start of WW1 as far as the UK was concerned. The plaque and certificate are to be placed in Minting Village Hall and will be unveiled by Mrs Mavis Miller and Mr Frank Speake who have family members on both the WW1 & WW2 Rolls of Honour which are in the parish church – St Andrew’s.

12:00 Onwards, Minting, Gautby & District Heritage Society are launching their WW1 Commemoration Project

The Society aims to gather family WW1 stories and put them into a book that commemorates all aspects of WWI as experienced by the ancestors of those who live in the area now. Come and see the exhibition and share your family’s stories. Don’t know your family’s WW1 story? Minting, Gautby and District Heritage Society can help you start your research!

Cream Teas – Exhibition – WW1 Era Music incl Jazz – Bring a Picnic – Online Research – Share your WW1 mementos – Raffle – Fundraising Stalls – Bar Open

For more info, contact Minting, Gautby and District Heritage Society: Vicki Brown on 01507 578755 or ticklepenny@icloud.com or J. Heselwood on 01507 578665 at joanna@heselwood.org.uk

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