Remembering the First World War


2018 marks the centenary year of the end of the First World War and provides an opportunity for communities to reflect on the legacy of the war. This could be through exploring, conserving and sharing their own local heritage of the First World War, such as memorials, buildings and sites, photographs, letters and literature.

In acknowledgement of this landmark year, Chiltern and South Bucks District Councils have provided a special small grants scheme to help fund local projects to commemorate the centenary.

Town and Parish councils and community groups were invited to apply for funding of up to £300 each.

In South Bucks, seven applications were considered by the Communities Team and the successful organisations are outlined below:

  • Stoke Poges Parish Council -  contribution towards the decorating of the village green with 'Lest We Forget' bunting and a new flag for the flagpole.
  • Bekonscot Model Village and Railway - contribution towards the various activities taking place on 27-28th October to commemorate World War One.  The events will come to life as re-enactors will play the parts of the Tommy and Field Nurse. 
  • Beaconsfield Town Council - contribution towards a series of events taking place between 9-11 November, in particular a speaking contest for young people. 
  • Gerrards Cross Branch of the Royal British Legion - contribution towards the Centenary "Field of Remembrance" on Gerrards Cross Common to commemorate the 20 people from Gerrards Cross who lost their lives during WW1.  The Field of Remembrance will be open from October until December 2018 and will comprise of 100 free standing poppies contained within a fence made from small wooden crosses.   There will be 20 crosses bearing the names of the fallen from Gerrards Cross and a wreath.  Links have been made to engage with the Library staff so they can produce tributes to be planted in the field created by the young people.
  • Fulmer Parish Council, St James Church Fulmer and local residents - contribution towards a 6ft foot Tommy aluminium silhouette to be permanently sited in the grounds of Fulmer Village Hall.
  • Burnham Royal British Legion - contribution towards a public charity event on 17th November at Burnham Park Hall to raise money for the Poppy Appeal.
  • Gerrards Cross Community Association - contribution towards reframing the presentation of photographs which represent VE Day celebrations from newspapers dated May 1945.  These will be displayed in the Royal British Legion Room, a popular community asset used by many community groups, for all to see.