Coalville Commemorates the First Fifty
In 2016 Century of Stories met with representatives from North West Leicestershire District Council to discuss ways in which we could encourage remembrance and community activities in line with the 100 year remembrance period.
At present there is an increased appetite to create a deeper legacy for Remembering World War One in the Coalville area, and to involve more people locally.
NWLDC always hold a spectacular and poignant remembrance day parade in Coalville and in 2016 Century of Stories decided to film the Parade, speaking to the local community and discussing ways in which we could work with the people of Coalville and the surrounding villages, to discover local connections to WW1 and remember the local men who went to war.
This film served as background and inspiration for future community activities in and around Coalville.
Remembering the First Fifty
As a spin off from this project, the Century of Stories team are now actively working in partnership with local newspaper, The Coalville Times, and author Michael Kendrick to deliver a weekly feature in the Coalville paper, leading up to the 2017 remembrance commemorations.
A cross section of the community are, each week, invited to research and write a story dedicated to each of the first fifty men from Coalville and the surrounding villages, who volunteered to go to war at the beginning of WW1 and these are currently being published every week in the Coalville Times, throughout 2017 leading up to Remembrance Sunday on 12th November 2017.
These stories are also being updated online as they are published each week –
Coalville Heroes Project
Century of Stories are also working in partnership with local community organisation, the Coalville Heroes Project, which celebrates Coalville’s heritage and history and ignites future engagement in the area.
In collaboration with the Coalville Heroes, we’re putting on an exhibition at Coalville’s indoor market.
The exhibition will be based around the Famous Fifty, the first fifty men who volunteered to go to war from the Coalville area, and will include 50 life size soldiers(and their mascot dog!), each designed by an individual, group or school locally. The stories which have been appearing the the Coalville Times will also be featured and available to view by the public during the exhibition.
Poppies created by local schools, nurseries and and colleges, will flood from the floor to the ceiling, commemoration films will be played, banners telling Leicestershire’s stories will be on display and a special mini exhibition on the zeppelin raids which took place in nearby Loughborough during WW1 will also be available to view during this period.
The exhibition opens on Saturday 11th November at 12pm and runs until Saturday 2nd December 2017.
The Heroes Project are currently looking for volunteers to share their skills and help with the exhibition, for more information please contact Dean on 07974260453 or follow the project on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/coalvilleheroes or on twitter at https://twitter.com/CoalvilleHero