Funding awarded for First World War centenary projects

We are delighted to announce that South Bucks District Council is supporting seven different community projects in South Bucks to mark the centenary of the First World War next month.

Local community groups were invited to apply for the small grants scheme to help fund First World War commemoration projects.

The projects successful in their funding applications cover a whole range of special activities, from poppy displays to Tommy silhouettes and charity events.

We're also contributing £1000 to the countywide WW1 Centenary event which is taking place in Aylesbury on Sunday 11th November, which SBDC Chairman, Cllr. Dr Wendy Matthews and SBDC Armed Forces Champion Cllr Duncan Smith will be attending.

Cllr Duncan Smith said: "It's wonderful to see the vast array of events taking place in South Bucks to mark the centenary year of the end of the First World War. I am very pleased to be able to say that South Bucks District Council is helping to fund some of these fantastic ideas. Many people gave their lives for this country and it's heartening to see that 100 years on, they have not been forgotten."

The projects we have awarded grants to are as follows:

  • 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 various activities taking place on 27-28th October including a re-enactment featuring a Tommy and a Field Nurse.
  • Beaconsfield Town Council - Contribution towards a series of events taking place between 9-11 November including a public 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. 
  • Fulmer Parish Council, St James Church Fulmer and local residents - Contributions 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.