The ‘Overstrand in the Great War’ Project has received £3500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) . Awarded through HLF’s First World War: then and now programme, the project will focus on developing further the research undertaken in 2014 for the village’s WW1 Exhibition. It is also planned to produce a book to record the stories of those men who served in the War. This will be in conjunction with Poppyland Publishing with the assistance of Peter Stibbons.
To mark the Centenary of the First World War, the project will enable the village to preserve the memories and heritage of the people from Overstrand who lived through the First World War. Volunteers will be asked if they have photographs, newspaper cuttings, documents, letters and photos, as well as family stories passed down to help the project to build a clear picture of what life was really like.
A village trail sheet will also be produced to show where the men from Overstrand who served in the Great War lived with their families. It will also highlight any significant buildings and places in the village associated with the war.
Commenting on the award, Tim Bennett the project organiser said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and also a generous £650 grant from Overstrand Parish Council.