100 years since start of Great War

Published on: 29 Jul 2014

THIS month sees the centenary of the start of World War One – and an art exhibition in Downend is marking the occasion.

THIS month sees the centenary of the start of World War One – and an art exhibition in Downend is marking the occasion.

Posters drawn by children from Blackhorse Primary School are on display in the windows of the Co-Operative Funeralcare branch in Cleeve Wood.

The organisation wanted to involve the community in commemorating the centenary so it organised an art competition, which was judged by Madeleine Bills, from the Royal British Legion in Staple Hill.

Mrs Bills and an RBL standard bearer visited the school to present the prizes at a World War One assembly. Olivia Gooze won first prize, with Parris Little in second place and Alayna Sargeant third.

The Royal British Legion is inviting everyone in the country to take part in a national moment of reflection by turning out their lights between 10 and 11pm on August 4, leaving only a symbolic single light or candle.

Visit: www.britishlegion.org.uk/remembrance/ww1-centenary/lights-out for more information.

A service of remembrance marking 100 years since the start of the war will be held at the RBL in Kendall Road on Wednesday August 6 at 2pm.

Meanwhile, the Heritage Lottery Fund has given South Gloucestershire £60,000 for community projects to mark the anniversary of the conflict.

An exhibition has opened in Tesco in Yate showing the impact of the war in the area and in other countries with which South Gloucestershire is now twinned. It will later tour the area.

Council chairman Howard Gawler said: “We are grateful for the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund to fund the development of this essential project which will provide a central base for the many centenary projects which are happening throughout South Gloucestershire. By working with the many heritage organisations in the area, this project will ensure that the centenary is commemorated locally and show the effect of the First World War on individuals and communities in South Gloucestershire.”

Frenchay Afternoon WI created a display with a World War One theme for the annual Frenchay Flower Show and other community events, including Cadbury Heath Festival on August 2, have a 1914 theme. If you are organising an event, or if you want to find out about other commemorations, visit www.southglos.gov.uk/ww1

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