Andover Town Council together with Abbotts Ann and Penton Mewsey Parish Councils have been awarded grants as part of Hampshire County Council’s First World War & D-Day Grant initiative.
To mark 100 years since the start of the First World War, and the 70th anniversary of D-Day, Hampshire County Council has awarded more than £48,000 to 52 community organisations. Amongst the 52, Andover, Abbotts Ann and Penton Mewsey were awarded a share of the total fund.
Andover Town Council’s proposal is to recreate the football match between the Germans and British forces during the Christmas of 1914 to engage local football clubs and schools in the commemorations.
They were awarded £500 of funding that will be used towards the cost of running the event including commemorative certificates and is about half the estimated project cost.
Abbotts Ann Parish Council’s project is to create a portable temporary exhibition describing the experiences of men and women who took part in the First World War and how Abbotts Ann was affected.
The £435 awarded will be used towards display material, research, and web storage and the estimated project cost of £1,150.
Penton Mewsey Parish Council have been recommended £650 of the £2,593 projected for their ‘Penton’s Heroes’ community history play performed by The Penton Players in the Village Hall to commemorate those men from The Pentons whose names are inscribed on the Great War Memorial.