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OTTERY: Lottery grant boost for heritage society
Wednesday, 19 March 2014
Ottery St Mary Heritage Society has been awarded a grant of £5,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to support a scheme to mark the anniversary of the First World War.
The society’s project, titled “Ottery St Mary Remembers The Great War Through Its People”, will involve researching the town’s experience of the war, by gathering photographs, personal stories and other details from people in Ottery and the surrounding villages.
The project will seek to re-establish the various war memorials as a focal point in their communities, and the society has already been in contact with the King’s School and Ottery Scouts to discuss ways they can be involved.
Heritage Society Trustee Jim Woolley, who was responsible for managing the funding bid, said: “It is an idea that we have had for some time to commemorate the war in this way, and the grant just gives us the spur to move forward and make the idea a reality.
“A significant part of the grant money will be used to purchase a dedicated projector and laptop so that we can produce a number of PowerPoint presentations to support exhibitions and roadshows around the district.”
Once all the information has been collected and analysed, the results of the project will be presented at the roadshows and in a memorial book, which will also be available on CD and on the society’s web site.
Mr Woolley added: “I am particularly keen to research the backgrounds of the servicemen and put their stories into context.
“The overall objective is to enlighten the people of Ottery St Mary by recounting some of the personal stories from the war, and to bring the community’s war memorials back to life.”
For more information, contact Jim Woolley on 01404 812176.
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