Major funding boost for village’s big event

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Stannington History Group has received a £10,000 award from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the Stannington Parish Centenary Festival of Remembrance.

This four-day event will take place in the village in November 2018. The purpose of the festival is to educate and inform all parts of Stannington parish and the wider community about the experiences of Stannington residents and that of the parish service personnel in the First World War.

A key part of this will be the book Stannington for King and Country that is currently being produced.

The events next year will include a flower festival, a First World War-themed village dance and brass band concert, a First World War talk and display and a re-enactment of the victory parade held by the school children in 1918 featuring the Northumberland Pipes and Drums. There will also be a traditional remembrance service at St Mary’s Church on Sunday, November 11, 2018.

All the information collected will be recorded digitally and available to access at Woodhorn Museum.

Sue Wood, head of collections at Woodhorn, said: “Northumberland Archives is very pleased to support the Stannington Parish Centenary Festival of Remembrance.

“We look forward to welcoming members of the history group to our searchroom at Woodhorn and to working closely with the group on their project.”

Group members will be trained to preserve photos, memories, archive material, news reports and memorabilia of the war to record this important event for future generations.

Educational visits for the school children of the village are also being planned to give them a flavour of what their life would have been like 100 years ago.

One interesting fact that has been discovered is the presentation of Red Cloaks to the girls and Red Scarfs to the boys of Stannington School by Lady Ridley of Blagdon in this period.

One cloak still exists and this is going to be used as a template to produce cloaks for the girls in the school in 2018, which will be individually named to honour a man who lost his life in the war.