Henley World War I Remembrance Assoc Secures Heritage Lottery Fund

Lest We Forget LogoThe Henley World War One Remembrance Association has received an £8200 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, “Lest We Forget : Each one was some mother’s son”. Carried out by volunteers from the Association, the project’s main focus is to research and commemorate all the men from Henley and the surrounding villages who gave their lives during and as a direct result of the First World War, including those whose story has remained untold until now.

The project aims to enrich Henley’s heritage by creating a deeper understanding of those lost in the First World War as well as the families left behind from this Oxfordshire market town almost 100 years ago. The research will be used to produce complete memorial plaques sited in three locations around the town, a virtual book available in the Town Hall Information Office with searchable public access, as well as a 200 page printed book containing information on the life and death of the men.

Commenting on the award Mike Willoughby, Project Researcher, said “We will be talking to individuals and groups in the town, recording memories, documents and keepsakes, and with the owner’s permission, developing a permanent archive of knowledge, adding to the town’s heritage. We are very fortunate to be able to call on the willing help of a group of knowledgeable local volunteers”.

This project will be supported by exhibitions and  talks to community groups and schools, so that information and knowledge reaches people of all ages  in appealing and memorable ways.

The progress of the project can be followed on the website: www.henley-lestweforget.co.uk

Mike Willoughby added “We are thrilled that our Project has been chosen to receive the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund as we realize there is a lot of competition for funding from the First World War : then & now programme. With this valuable support behind us we are determined to give the Project our very best efforts over the next two years”

Stuart McLeod, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund South East, said

“Every community across the UK was touched in some way by the First World War and projects like this one are a great way for local people to explore, remember and help commemorate the upcoming Centenary. By creating a lasting record of the lives and deaths of the brave men who went to war from Henley almost 100 years ago, today’s residents will have a greater understanding of how those cataclysmic events changed their local area and the people living there forever. We have already supported over £33m of projects from across the United Kingdom and will continue to support as many applications as we can.”



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