Lottery grant for Great War pageant
The South Devon Railway's mueseum group has receive a grant of £3000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for an exciting project 'It will all be over by Christmas'.
Awarded through HLF’s First World War: then and now programme, the project, which is led by volunteers from the local community, will organise three pageants in late June to mark the centenary of the First World War.
The pageants will involve all of the pupils at Buckfastleigh Primary School in two events, on 19 and 20 June. Community groups throughout the town have their own pageant on Sunday 22 June, with all starting at the Town Hall and ending at Buckfastleigh station, on the South Devon Railway. The SDRT Museum Support Group is working with Buckfastleigh Town Council – which has also provided grant aid – Buckfastleigh Primary School, the Valiant Soldier museum, the Orchard Millennium Green Trust and the South Devon Railway Trust, and the pageants will take place on three days, so that as many people as possible from Buckfastleigh experience the impact of the outbreak of war, and learn about the state of society in 1914.
Railways were the glue that held the fabric of local society and industry together, enabling people to get to work, and raw materials and finished products to be transported. In Buckfastleigh the woollen industry and farming were of vital importance, and many young men saw joining up as a way to get away from everyday drudgery and see the world. Little did they know how long the war would last, and the dreadful cost to everyone in the country. A century after it started, these pageants will provide a great way for today’s young people to start to understand their impact.
The Heritage Lottery Fund has already invested more than £52million in projects, large and small, that are marking this global Centenary.
16th June 2014