Bottesford WW1 Centenary Project Launch

People, community and memory

It was standing room only in the village hall when the Bottesford Parish 1st World War Centenary Project launch opened on Sunday 28th September. The hall was packed with people of all ages, both local and from as far a field as Torquay, who had come to find out more about the project, make their contributions and pay respect to the 1914 -1918 generation.

Susan Meech opened the proceedings, introducing the Vice Lord Lieutenant, Colonel Murray Colville, representing Leicestershire, and Professor David Stocker from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The U3A choir sang their hearts out and the children of Bottesford Primary School delighted and moved the audience with their medley of songs from the First World War.

Audience and choirs came together in a rousing rendering of ‘It’s A Long Way to Tipperary’ and ‘Pack Up Your Troubles’.

Then the notes of the Last Post rang out, played by bugler Geoff Soar, followed by a minutes silence and the Reveille. The Colonel Murray Colville read Laurence Binyon’s words,

‘At the going down of the sun and in the morning,

We will remember them.’

The Deputy Lord Lieutenant, resplendent in his uniform complete with spurs, spoke of the County’s commitment to projects like this which both honoured those who fought and died, educated and informed the young and brought communities together.

Professor David Stocker expressed his admiration for the preparation which had gone into this event, which he said was one of the best attended he had seen and exactly the kind of outcome the Heritage Lottery Fund hoped for.

Project Co-ordinator David Middleton explained the aims of the project, which would focus on people, putting faces to the names of those who fought and researching and learning about their lives and deaths. The project would also explore the impact of the war on the life of the community and finally, as an act of communal remembrance, become part of the shared story of the Parish.

When the chairs were cleared away the audience were able to examine the displays, talk to the project team and enjoy a splendid array of refreshments provided by the W.I.

Bottesford Parish WWI Centenary Project

People Community and Memory

Sunday 28th September, 2014

Bottesford VC Hall

4.00 pm

Welcome and introduction

Susan Meech (Project Publicity)


Official Opening

Colonel Murray Colville, ViceLordLieutenant of Leicestershire


Medley of WWI Music

Vale of Belvoir U3A Choir

Musical Director Barbara Cobb, Piano Judy Holborow


Heritage Lottery Fund

David Stocker, East Midlands Committee Member


Bottesford Parish WWI Centenary Project

What is happening and Inviting participation

David Middleton Project Coordinator


Children’s voices

Bottesford Primary School Choir

Conductor Liz Mills, Piano Judy Holborow


Please stand for the ‘Last post’ – Minutes silence’ – ‘Reveille’

Trumpet Geoff Soar


Proposal of thanks

Susan Meech (Project Publicity)


4.30 pm

Refreshments, displays & demonstrations

• Learn about the project

• WW1 Time Line

• Meet project volunteers

• People and faces; People and places

• Their stories and memorabilia

• Your stories and memorabilia

• Let us know about your family in WWI

• Can we help you?

Please make suggestion and fill in the feedback sheet

Join the volunteers – All welcome

Thank you for giving your time


This page was added on 02/10/2014.

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