Kingsbury Time Travellers – the history group covering the Parish of Kingsbury Episcopi – has received a grant of £8,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its WW1 and People of the Parish project.

Made possible by National Lottery players, Kingsbury Time Travellers’ project aims to make accessible the information collected over several years that relate to the men whose names are inscribed on the local war memorials.

WW1 and People of the Parish is a two-year programme designed to inform people about the men who died – where they lived, their occupations, their families, and the circumstances of their death.  Implementation of the programme will draw upon the skills, creativity and professional abilities of people living in Kingsbury Episcopi and the surrounding area.

The information gathered is being digitally recorded. Through an existing Facebook page and a new website, an on-line archive is being created where everyone can access and contribute information. The archive will allow the public to discuss, contribute, share and research information about the men of the Parish who fell during the First World War.

WW1 and People of the Parish has seven interconnected elements that will be implemented over the next two years.

The programme will begin with the production of five commemorative memorial plaques, made of cold-cast bronze, to be placed in public buildings in the Parish, including churches, Kingsbury’s Community Centre and the Primary School. They will include symbols showing the locations of the former homes of the men on the memorials, as well as their names and dates of birth and death. The plaques will be the size of a large poster and, thanks to the talents of local people, they will be designed and made locally. They will be unveiled next year during a special First World War Centenary Event in Kingsbury’s new Community Centre.

Also next year, Parishioners will continue to be encouraged to grow sunflowers in a campaign that links to the logo created for the WW1 and People of the Parish project.   Plus, Kingsbury Time Travellers (KTT) will arrange an event for pupils from the Primary School as well as an exhibition of banners, promoting the project, to be displayed at different events and locations in the area.

The following year, KTT will produce a digital magazine telling the stories of the men who were killed and also launch a Heritage Trails website, with more information about the 34 men and their families.  In addition, there will be a series of Community Research Workshops, offering anyone interested the opportunity to research family and military history.

Commenting on the National Lottery award, Phil Shillito, Chairman of KTT, said: “We are thrilled to have received support from the National Lottery. Thanks to this financial contribution we can now move forward with our planned projects and in doing so, reveal, re-visit, re-tell and remember the lives that were lost.”

Nerys Watts, Head of HLF South West, said: “Money raised by National Lottery players is enabling communities across the region to better understand life during the First World War and the lasting legacy of the conflict. We’re pleased to support the Kingsbury Time Travellers’ project which is set to involve people of all ages to explore their community’s heritage.”

Kingsbury Time Travellers was set up in 2015 and is involved in numerous projects about the Parish of Kingsbury Episcopi, including the cider, gloving and withy industries.  Further details can be found on facebook.com under Kingsbury Episcopi Parish Archiving Group.

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