Our legacy to heroes - grants for schemes to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War

Transport of the 8th Norfolk Regiment on the march during manoeuvres, Hollesley, 1915

Transport of the 8th Norfolk Regiment on the march during manoeuvres, Hollesley, 1915 - Credit: Archant

Details of dozens of schemes to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War in communities across the region can be revealed today.

A total of 37 community groups, parish councils, choirs, history groups and housing associations, in villages, towns and in Norwich have, between them, received thousands of pounds to fund local projects to honour the fallen. Many of the schemes will see decaying memorials restored to their former glory, while others will even see new monuments built.

The money comes from the Norfolk Armed Forces Community Covenant Board, which is administered by the Norfolk Community Foundation. The grants have been announced at the start of the Armed Forces Week, and with little over a month to go before the 100th anniversary of the start of the war.

Among the projects to benefit are:

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- a weekend concert in Great Snoring, with another in Sheringham;

- memorial gardens in Bowthorpe;

- exhibitions in West Walton and Wacton;

refurbishment of memorials in, among other locations, Burgh Castle, Burnham Market, Docking, Fakenham and Norwich;

- a new monument in Mattishall.

The grants total £10,000. George Nobbs, leader of Norfolk County Council, said: 'The strong interest in this funding... demonstrates the strong solidarity of all throughout Norfolk.'

Tony Tomkinson, Norfolk's Armed Forces Commissioner, said: 'By giving local groups money to plan their own projects we will

ensure we commemorate World War One in a truly meaningful way to create a lasting legacy for generations to come.'

The projects in full are:

Alburgh Village Hall Committee, for publicity and items for a celebration function which will be held in the village hall - £250

Barford History and Community Group, to hold themed community events around the impact of WW1 on rural communities on the 13th and 14th of September - £500

Bergh Apton Local History Group, to hold two events open to the public that will explain the causes and effects of World War One -£100

Bracon Ash and Hethel P.C., to make a redundant telephone box into a information kiosk - £345

Bradwell Parish Council, to research war records and publish a 'Roll of Honour' in the Bradwellian magazine - £100

Burgh Castle Parochial Church Council, to refurbish the war memorial - £75

Burnham Market P.C., to refurbish the War memorial within the Market Place - £250

Burston and Shrimpling Parish Council, to hold and event to open the memorial garden planted to commemorate WW1 - £250

Carleton Rode History Group, to contribute towards a programme of events to commemorate World War One - £500

Cotman Housing Association, to plant poppies in the Bowthorpe Heritage Gardens as an act of remembrance - £300

Docking Parish Council, to replace letters missing from names and refurbish stonework of the war memorial - £250

Eaton War Memorial, to professionally clean the war memorial - £350

Fakenham Museum of Gas and Local History, to hold two exhibits in respect of World War One - £392

Fakenham Town Council, to repaint the existing names on the Town War Memorial - £250

Forncett History Group, to contribute towards activities being held to commemorate WW1 including; creating remembrance books and a time-line of events and holding talks, showing films and live performances - £400

Gayton Parochial Church Council, to replace the gates around the war memorial - £250

Great Snoring P.C., to hold a weekend concert and additional activities to commemoration the anniversary of WW1 - £330

Hingham History Centre, to download and examine soldiers records and to cover printing costs - £400

Holme Hale War Memorial Trust, to clean, re-carve letters and repaint names on the war memorial £220

Kimberley and Carleton Forehoe Parish Council, to re-paint names on the war memorial - £168

Ludham PCC, to compile research relating to Word War One to create an exhibition and permanent display - £450

Martham Parish Council, to clean and renovate the Portland stone war memorial - £250

Mattishall Parish Council, to erect a war memorial - £400

North Creake P.C., to refurbish the War Memorial that is sited in the churchyard of St Mary's - £200

PCC St Margaret's Church, to hold events for the public to commemorate World War One and the ten men Swannington lost - £300

Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society, to hold a remembrance concert and a special performance for the residents of the Royal British Legion's care home - £200

Sheringham Town Council, to purchase display panels and exhibition resources - £200

South Creake P.C., to refurbish the War Memorial outside the Old School - £150

South Creake War Memorial Institute, to restore and refurbish the triptych panel on the war memorial, naming those who served or lost their lives in the Great War - £250

Southrepps Parish Council, to replace worn out Union flags - £100

St Bartholomew's Church Brisley, to purchase display boards to hold relevant display material for an exhibition - £300

St Mary's PCC West Walton, to hold a weeks exhibition of memorabilia to commemorate WW1 - £100

St Peter's Church Lingwood, to cover printing costs to have booklets available at the World War One display being held in the Parish Church - £120

Wacton Village Hall, to hold a WW1 Centenary Exhibition - £450

Watlington Parish Council, to clean and re-define the names on the war memorial. £250

Wereham Village Hall, to research wartime history of local men and women and to hold a heritage evening -£350

Wicklewood Parish Council, to refurbish the war memorial - £250

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