Council to coordinate commemorative events to mark centenary of First World War

Just Regional
Mar 2, 2015 3 mins read

More than 20 representatives from key North Norfolk- based organisations attended a meeting at North Norfolk District Council’s (NNDC) offices recently (Tuesday 24 February) to discuss ideas for commemorative events and activities to mark the Centenary of World War 1.

Glyn Williams, NNDC’s Cabinet Member for Leisure and Cultural Services, previously indicated at the Council’s Cabinet meeting on 6 January how the Council would act as a co-ordinator and a promoter for events being organised across the region during a period of four years (2015 – 2018) to commemorate World War 1.

The North Norfolk WW1 Network (NNWN) has been set up to create networking opportunities and to help those with ideas and initiatives understand what the Council can do to help them.

Representatives included 11 Town and Parish Councils, four branches of the Royal British Legion, three museums, five local historical societies, historians and publishers, officers from Norfolk County Council’s Record Office (NRO) and the Swanton Morley-based Light Dragoons.

Councillor Glyn Williams said: “We had a good turnout of enthusiastic participants for the first meeting of the North Norfolk WW1 Network. All are completely committed to the project which is a great outcome”.

Colin Chambers, Chairman of the Royal British Legion’s North Walsham branch added: “The meeting proved to be very productive and useful networking opportunity. It was also pleasing to see four Royal British Legion branches represented; all sharing ideas and working together with the district, town and parish councils.”

Cabinet agreed a budget of £20,000 to support activities at its meeting on 6 January and this will be used during the four year period to:

•Coordinate and promote local commemorative activities through dedicated web pages including an events diary running up to the end of 2018 and links to research, funding, voluntary and educational resources.

•A lasting memorial with the official unveiling of north Norfolk-based blacksmith Nigel Barnett’s donated sculpture ‘Poppies in Steel’; a permanent installation to be sited at NNDC’s Cromer Offices during this year’s Armed Forces Week in June.

•Implement a North Norfolk WW1 Pill Box Trail.

Proposed activities include new publications, a district-wide photographic exhibition, WW1 trails, trench cake baking workshops, education projects, exhibitions, civic dinners and a Great War auction.
The North Norfolk WW1 Network will meet again (date to be confirmed) to discuss the development of the current proposals.

The Council is encouraging anyone that is organising a WW1 commemorative event and would like to join the group to contact Sonia Shuter by emailing sonia.shuter@north-norfolk.gov.uk or by calling 01263 516173.

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