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WW1 Centenary - Mole Valley Remembrance

Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) is planning to support those looking to host First World War heritage events in the district across the next four years.

The Partnerships and Communities 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. 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.

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

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

War Memorials

During the next four years, 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 they have cleaned the memorial and painted the letters so that they are easier to read. The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport announced on February 4th 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.  Mole Valley DC 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.  Mole Valley DC 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 paul.anderson@molevalley.gov.uk

Summary of Projects

The centenary programme began in August with the nationwide initiative 'Lights Out'. MVDC worked in partnership with the Royal British Legion and held a reflection service at the Leatherhead War Memorial for Lights Out. People across the country were invited to turn their lights off from 10pm - 11pm to have a shared moment of reflection and MVDC turned its building lights off leaving the council chamber lights on during this time.

In September MVDC played host to a very successful Heritage Open Weekend, with a huge variety of events taking place inspired by the theme of the First World War Centenary.

In October we had a variety of Arts Alive remembrance events including poppy making workshops for children and young people, introducing the concepts of the centenary in an informal and accessible way. MVDC worked 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 are taking place across the district.



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