WW1 Centenary - Mole Valley Remembrance

Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) is undergoing plans to support those looking to host First World War heritage events in the district across during 2014-2018.

The Community Safety and Wellbeing team is developing a programme of events to mark the centenary of the First World War. This programme will be an integration of community group involvement, national initiatives and partnership projects enabling people of all ages to reflect in their own way.

Poppy display at The Bridge Youth Centre
Poppy display at The Bridge Youth Centre

If you are hosting an event and would like to display it on the MVDC website, or have any queries about how you can promote it further, email arts@molevalley.gov.uk.

WW1: Surrey Remembers - Original Print Edition

To commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the Great War, MVDC as part of the Arts Partnership Surrey commissioned Ochre Print Studios in Guildford to produce four original screen prints. The resulting submissions from artists across Surrey and beyond filled the studio and covered a wide range of local themes based on impact and legacy of WW1 on Surrey communities and families.

The four designs selected by a judging panel have now been screen printed by hand in an edition of 40 prints all signed by the artists. They are available to buy from participating galleries, including the New Ashgate Gallery and the Lightbox, and online at www.surreyopenstudios.org.uk

A County Remembers: Surrey in the Great War

Surrey Heritage, through its four year Heritage Lottery funded project, 'Surrey in the Great War: a County Remembers', calls you to enlist in finding out how Surrey answered the call.

How can you serve? They need volunteers from across Surrey to uncover the story, contributing to a new website as well as events and roadshows across the county.

Who can enlist? Schools and colleges, community groups and local societies, experienced researchers and novices with a thirst to discover - all are welcome. Join them and help create an enduring and worthy tribute to the courage, sacrifice and stoicism of Surrey's people a century ago. To find out more go to www.surreyinthegreatwar.org.uk

Learning to Fly

Creative writing workshops across Surrey. Using spoken word and poetry, we will be exploring the impact of the First World War in Surrey and the hidden stories of local people. The Community Safety and Wellbeing team in partnership with Arts Partnership Surrey and Surrey Art hosted two Learning to Fly workshops in November at The Grange in Bookham.

Victoria Cross Commemorative Stone

All local authorities in the UK are involved in the programme to commemorate all Victoria Cross recipients of the First World War who were born in the UK with a commemorative paving stone in the town of their birth. On Saturday 7 October 2018, MVDC commemorated the Leatherhead born Lieutenant Harold Auten in Park Gardens. Harold Auten received his Victoria Cross on 30 July 2018 for his act of bravery whilst in command of Q ship HMS Stock Force.

War Memorials

MVDC's parks team are tidying up the war memorials across Mole Valley.

In Dorking, they have been cleaning the memorial, clearing the overgrown plants, re-setting the stone to allow for new planting areas, arranged for the paving in the front to be repaired, changed two previously incorrect initials and organised a volunteer planting event with Dorking Cycling Club. All of this work is being done with the intention of returning the Dorking Memorial to something approaching how it looked when it was built in 1921.

In Fetcham, the memorial has been cleaned and letters painted so that it is easier to read. The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport announced on 4 February 4 that the Fetcham War Memorial has been added to the list of buildings of architectural or historic interest at Grade II.

Respect and Remember

Respect and Remember is a scheme led by the Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner to use people participating in the Community Payback Scheme to tidy up and improve areas around War Memorials. MVDC has already cleaned its War Memorials ahead of the anniversary of the commencement of WW1, as have many partners in parish councils.

The scheme also involves the Probation Service, and through working with Surrey County Council Youth Services, some young people who have been engaged in diversionary activities will be making commemorative benches and planters, which can be displayed around war memorials. MVDC and a number of parish councils and residents associations have already expressed an interest in receiving some of these.

If you think that these would be useful around war memorials in your local community, please contact your local parish council or residents association, or alternatively email info@molevalley.gov.uk

Summary of Projects

In September 2018, events will be organised throughout Mole Valley as part of Heritage Open Days. These will include events to commemorate the ending of WWI. Anyone wishing to organise an event during Heritage Open Days can contact rod.shaw@molevalley.gov.uk or call 01306 885001.

During the month of October 2018, Arts Alive will host remembrance events including sound installation workshops.

During October, MVDC works with Parish Councils and Residents Associations to display large street poppies across the district as part of the nationwide scheme lead by the Royal British Legion.

In November, a series of Remembrance Day services and parades will take place across the district.

Last Updated: 18/10/2019

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