Introduction to the project.
On the 11th November 2012 10th Chippenham Air Scout Troop was on parade at the Menin Gate for the annual Remembrance Day Service. This was one of the key things that the Troop had been involved with over a fairly intense weekend in and around Ypres. One of the things that had become evident during this trip was the genuine desire of these Young People to learn about their own and their nation’s past. It was just after the service that realisation came that the opening moves of the First World War occurred during July / August 1914 which coincided nicely with UK school summer holidays. Projects are always good for a programme idea, and if we could link this with an international summer camp then all the better.
We teamed up with the Endeavour Explorer Scout Unit, where a number of the older Scouts had moved up to, along with 1st Aston Clinton Scout Troop and Gondoliers Explorer Scout Unit to create a project that would look at life in our Town and respective Village during the momentous days of July and August 1914. We were approached by the Flying Monk Community Film team as they were also interested in that period of time. Along with Bristol Universities Officer Training Corps, who provided logistical support during our time in Belgium and France, we put together a grant application to the Heritage Lottery Fund’s First World War: Then and Now scheme and were fortunate enough to receive a £10,000 grant that enabled so much of this project to happen.
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