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Earby society welcomes lottery funds for war project

From L-R: Earby and District History Society members Stephanie Carter, author of the book on Earby in the First World War, Wendy Faulkner and Trevor Tattersall welcome lottery funding for a heritage project.

From L-R: Earby and District History Society members Stephanie Carter, author of the book on Earby in the First World War, Wendy Faulkner and Trevor Tattersall welcome lottery funding for a heritage project.

  • by Will Cook
 

An Earby group is celebrating the receipt of a lottery windfall which runs in to thousands of pounds.

The Heritage Lottery funding for £6,000 has been secured by Earby and District History Society as part of its First World War commemoration project entitled “The Effects of the First World War on Earby and its People”.

The project, which is to involve all corners of the community, will include the publication of a book, events and talks to show how ancestors can be researched, an exhibition in October and a music and poetry event featuring Earby Brass Band.

The collection of photographs, newspaper cuttings, documents, letters, diaries, and photos of keepsakes is well under way after a launch event in January.

At the end of the project, it is intended to set up a First World War archive within the society’s Community Heritage Archive as a resource for future generations.

Society chairman Bob Abel said he believed it was important to preserve artefacts and family tales passed down to help build up a clear picture of what life was really like in Earby during the war.

He said: “The society is delighted to have received this support and the funding will allow us to produce a professional looking exhibition which can then be offered for display at other venues in the community.”

For further information on the project or to pass on memorabilia, contact Mr Abel on 843850 or send an email to bobabel@talk21.com.

 

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