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Heritage Lottery Fund awards £10 000 to Grimley and Holt Primary School to mark First World War Centenary

Today, Grimley and Holt CE Primary School has received £10 000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a project, ‘Grimley and Holt Remembered’, Awarded through HLF’s First World War: then and now programme, the project will focus on commemorating and learning about the First World War from the local community.

To mark the Centenary of the First World War, the project will enable local people in Grimley and Holt to come together to preserve the memories and heritage of the people who lived through the First World War. Volunteers will collect photographs, newspaper clippings, documents, letters and photos of keepsakes, as well as family tales passed down to help them build a clear picture of what life was really like. The school’s children will design some replica stained glass windows for both St. Bartholomew’s Church at Grimley and the Church of St Martin, Holt. They will also get the opportunity to visit the battlefields of northern France and Belgium.

With help from professionals, the information gathered will be digitally recorded and an on-line interactive archive will be created where everyone can access and contribute information. The archive will allow the public to discuss, contribute, share and research information about the Home Front.

Commenting on the award, Andy Richards, Headteacher, said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and have been given the opportunity to involve the community in this learning experience.”

The Head of the HLF in the North East, Ivor Crowther, said: “The impact of the First World War was far reaching, touching and shaping every corner of the UK and beyond. The Heritage Lottery Fund has already invested more than £58million in projects – large and small - that are marking this Centenary. Our new small grants programme is enabling even more communities like those involved in Grimley and Holt Primary School’s bid to explore the continuing legacy of this conflict and help local young people in particular to broaden their understanding of how it has shaped our modern world.”

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