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Published on July 25th, 2018 | by Perrin


CROWBOROUGH REMEMBERS : We need your connections!

The Festival

This year marks the Centenary of the end of the Great War (1914-1918) and the Crowborough Community Festival will be commemorating this moment in history with a week-long programme of events called Crowborough Remembers in October 2018.

A major exhibition called Crowborough’s War 1914-1918 will be held at the Beacon Academy School from Monday 22 October until Thursday 25 October. The exhibition which will be opened by the Lord Lieutenant of East Kent,will tell the story of the town and the thousands of soldiers who were based in the army training camps before being deployed to the front line. The students of Beacon Academy will create a striking poppy installation to be displayed as part of the exhibition in Beeches Main Hall. All Key Stage 3 students (Years 7, 8 and 9) will decorate a unique laser-cut poppy during Art and Technology lessons at the beginning of the academic year.

Your family connections to the Great War

We are also making an appeal to anyone within the local area who may have relatives who fought in the Great War – we would like you to get in touch and share your stories, old photos or memorabilia with us and we would love to include it in the exhibition. Details can be found on the website www.crowboroughcommunityfestival.org, which also includes a ‘search your ancestors’ link.

The events

The week will begin on Saturday 20 October with a special commemorative concert performed by Crowborough Choral Society held in the Main Hall, and the programme will feature an original score called This Human Shield, specially written for the occasion by local composer Simon Austin, and poet and writer Nick Nye.

As the festival takes place during half term week we will have lots of fun as well as educational activities for young people, including creative workshops called People, Poppies and Poems as well as a ‘Secret Stones Trail’ with a painted poppy for each of the 150 names commemorated on Crowborough’s War Memorial.

Calling all local artists

Local artists of all calibres are invited to submit artwork with a WW1 theme to participate in a Competition and exhibition to be held at Crowborough’s Community Centre from Thurs 1 November until 21 November. Artist materials to the value of £500 will be awarded to the first, second and third prize winners.

“This is such an important Centenary in world history and Crowborough should remember the part it played. I’d like to thank the British Legion, Beacon Academy, Crowborough Historical Society, Wealden WW1 Project and all the volunteers who are supporting this unique event”, says Festival Director Denis Hart.

For more information about the festival programme can be found on www.crowboroughcommunityfestival.org or stay in touch with all our latest updates:






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