Heritage team at South Somerset District Council Remembrance lectures

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SOUTH Somerset District Council’s Heritage Team will be presenting a series of Remembrance Lectures in a number of venues across Yeovil to remember the First World War in South Somerset.

The monthly lectures will start in August and culminate in a special Remembrance Day Lecture on November 11. The lectures will be given by Heritage Information Assistant, Joseph Lewis and strike a balance between the Home Front in Yeovil and remembering the men on the front line.

Commenting on the forthcoming lectures, Joseph said, “Remembrance is one of the significant factors with the lectures, especially what and why we remember.

“We would like those attending the lectures to bring memories, photographs and objects to share with others and to record these for future generations”.

Times, dates and locations for the lectures are as follows: • Thursday 7th August 2014 – Yeovil Day Centre, South Street - 14.00 – 16.00 • Thursday 4th September 2014 – Milford Hall, Milford Road, Yeovil – 10.00 - 12.00 • Thursday 9th October 2014 – Johnson Suite - Octagon Theatre - 10.00 - 12.00 • Tuesday 11th November 2014 – Remembrance Lecture, Baptist Church, South Street – 10.00 - 12.00 The lectures are the fourth element of the Heritage Team’s ‘Remembering the First World War in South Somerset’ project as part of a successful Heritage Lottery Fund application. The grant of £6,400 from the HLF awarded through the First World War: then and now programme will focus on producing a booklet commemorating the First World War for all school children in South Somerset.

Councillor Sylvia Seal, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture said, “The lectures and commemoration booklet has allowed the spotlight to be put on existing information the Heritage team has held and to re-evaluate the significance of individuals and companies in Yeovil and South Somerset”.

The Heritage Team are also holding First World War Activities on 4th August and curating a temporary exhibition to be on display and are working in partnership with the Imperial War Museum as part of a nation-wide initiative to commemorate the Centenary.

The First World War Activities will include making your own trench art, designing and writing your own postcard, typewriter letter writing, tissue paper poppy making and historical displays on the First World War in Yeovil and South Somerset. Activities are free and are being held at the following locations on Monday 4 August: 10.00 – 12.00 Milford Community Hall, Milford Park, Milford Road Yeovil BA21 4DQ 13.30-15.30 St. Peter’s Hall Coronation Avenue Off Stiby Road Yeovil BA21 3DX

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