Children at a Chatteris primary school have been working on an exciting new project I have devised to commemorate the bravery of the town’s First World War heroes.
Year 5 pupils at the Glebelands School have worked with professional artist and ceramic expert Rob Howard to create clay discs commemorating all twenty-five of the men from Chatteris who received medals for gallantry during the Great War.
A further twenty-five discs have also been created with images inspired by the war from poppies, to medals and cannons and doves.
The discs will be on display in the parish church as part of an exhibition being held next month entitled Chatteris Remembers and will also feature work by the children of Kingsfield School, who have been working on a project to research all the men from Chatteris who were killed in the war.
The two-year project includes displays, videos and visuals.
The clay discs will eventually be on permanent display in the wildflower meadow at the rear of the church in an area that will be named Gallantry Corner.
Kennington Lodge of the Masons have helped fund the project with a £500 donation, given after lodge secretary Malcolm Willmott, who lives in Manea, heard about the scheme and thought it was a worthy cause.
Chatteris branch Travis Perkins have promised to give two railway sleepers on which the discs will eventually be displayed.
Mr Howard said: “The children really worked hard and the end results are honest children’s work. It was a great pleasure working with these young artists.”
Headteacher Lisa Sharratt said: “This is a lovely project, the children have really enjoyed working on it and have created some fantastic designs.”
The 100th anniversary of WW1 is an important milestone in our country’s history. Chatteris should have great pride in those residents who served. A total of twenty-five men were awarded medals for bravery including George Clare, who received the Victoria Cross – the highest honour.
I am really looking forward to seeing the children’s work when it goes on display in the church.
Chatteris Remembers, which marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One, will run from November 4 to November 18 and the church will be open daily from 8am to 4pm to allow people a chance to see the impressive exhibition.
The annual Remembrance Day parade and service will be held on Sunday November 8 at 2.45pm and there will be a further service on November 11 at 11am at the war memorial.