Lottery funding for WWI event


The Horncastle World War One Commemoration Group has received a welcome boost with a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £7,000.

Further donations of £200 from the War Memorial Centre Committee and the Freemasons will help fund the biggest event of its kind in the area.

The group was formed with representatives from a number of organisations, coordinated by the Civic Society.

The main event, staged to coincide with the Lincolnshire Heritage Open Days on 13-14 September, will be an exhibition in Stanhope Hall.

The choice of the site - which was originally the town’s drill hall - is particularly poignant as the building served as a hospital during the First World War.

The exhibition will include reproductions of a hospital scene and a full size WWl trench.

The hall will be packed with displays to interest visitors of all ages including a model tank and details of many of the town’s casualties..

A striking display will be a banner with a time line from the assassination in Sarajevo to the armistice four years later.

Anyone with personal connections to the forces during the war is invited to bring objects of interest.

For those wishing to learn the fate of relatives, a computer link will be running to the service records of every serving soldier.

Mary Silverton, the leader of the Commemoration Group, said- “Not only will the exhibition be a suitable recognition of the sacrifices of our troops a century ago, but there will be legacy activities following on from the weekend.”