“What it means to us…” Daisi wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

PrintArts education organisation, Daisi, has been awarded £34,800 by the Heritage Lottery Fund to support an exciting commemorative project for young people- Remembering the First World War: what it means to us.

The project runs over two years (2014 – 2016), and enables four separately drawn geographical communities in Devon to explore local stories and happenings from that time providing opportunities for local young people to then make creative responses to the research which will be shared widely through exhibitions, film and a touring show.

In Tiverton the focus is on the War effort at home, whilst in Barnstaple the exploration is centred around the Devon Regiments and in particular the Gallipoli campaign. In Dartmoor the research will include farming families around Burrator Reservoir and in Dawlish the emphasis is on war time entertainment; concert parties and end of the pier Pierrot shows.

The first community to start work is Tiverton. Young people from local schools including Tiverton High School and their families will be invited to take part. Workshops in hlf lauch tiverton musanimation, print making and the creation of memorial artefacts will take place at National Trust property Knightshayes and Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life during February and May half term. In addition there will be a schools’ programme of activities.

Heritage experts from Tiverton Museum and Knightshayes will be on hand to introduce young people to the rich source materials they hold. Pippa Griffith, Director and Museum Development Officer for Mid Devon said:

“In Tiverton, the Heathcoat lace factory drilled shell cases and Knightshayes (then the house owned by the same family) became a VAD hospital. We are planning, with the National Trust, to run a joint exhibition next summer looking at these stories, and the local people that worked at both places. Daisi’s project will enable us to extend and enhance our existing plans for 2015”.

Knightshayes has a scrap book kept by a local nurse who worked in the temporary Red Cross hospital. Learning and Engagement Officer at Knightshayes, Rachael Hall said:

“This project will be a fantastic way to contribute to our exhibition. Artwork produced by young people, in response to our local WW1 historical documents and our historic setting, will create a poignant and thought provoking contrast to our original source material”.

Daisi Director, Liz Hill said “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and are confident that our project will support young people to actively participate in the First World War commemorations.”

Commenting on the grant award, Nerys Watts, Head of HLF in the South West, said:

““The impact of the First World War was far reaching, touching and shaping every corner of the UK and beyond. The Heritage Lottery Fund has already invested more than £58 million in projects – large and small – that are marking this global Centenary; through our grants programmes, we are enabling even more communities like those involved in this new project from Daisi to explore the continuing legacy of this conflict and help local young people in particular to broaden their understanding of how it has shaped our modern world.”

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For further information contact:

Rae Hoole, Project manager, Daisi, Great Moor House, Bittern Road, Sowton, Exeter, EX27NL   rae@daisi.org.uk   01392 385214   www.daisi.org.uk

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Daisi is a registered charity No. 1071762 Company limited by guarantee No. 3562299

Landscore’s First World War project wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

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Landscore Primary School in Crediton has received £8,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, “Discovering our WWI Ancestors”. Led by Head Teacher, Gary Read, the project will focus on helping the children from Years 5 and 6 to gain an insight into life around the time of the First World War by researching their own ancestors.

The project will enable 90 children aged 10 and11 to research their family trees and those of local First World War soldiers. Parents and other relatives are encouraged to help with the research, tell stories of what life was like before and after the war, dig out old photographs and explain the history behind family treasures and heirlooms of the period. All volunteers will be given help and guidance in researching family history including access to the leading family history website, Ancestry.co.uk.

The culmination of the project will be a “museum” exhibition showcasing the work doneLandscore poster by the children.  This will be held at Landscore School and open to the public in early December.

This in-depth study will give the children a unique and personal learning experience which will help them understand the impact that the war had on society. By setting the context around the lives of their own ancestors, children (and their families) will be directly engaged in the history of the period, making it very real and relevant to them.

Commenting on the award, Gary Read, said: “Receiving the grant from HLF will enable our children to have a direct link to the past; to family members alive at the time of the First World War. An understanding of history is obviously important for everyone and for schools it is a part of the National Curriculum. For children to have access to their own history will really bring learning to life.”

Nerys Watts, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund South West, said: “The impact of the First World War was far reaching, touching and shaping every corner of the UK and beyond. In the centenary year of the start of the First World War, we’re pleased to support this project which aims to give pupils at Landscore a personal link to their community during this time and broaden their understanding of how the conflict has shaped our modern world.”

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Exeter Chiefs remember fallen colleagues from WW1

The lives of the forgotten few were highlighted in a special memorial service which took place in a special Remembrance Service held at the stadium on ‘Armistice Day’.

For years, Exeter Rugby Club have proudly displayed within the County Suite a Exeter Chiefs logomemorial plaque of the names of those former players who paid the ultimate sacrifice during the Second World War. However, new information supplied to the club through local historian and club supporter Roy Hough unearthed a further 12 men associated with the Devon club who themselves never returned from the battlefields of the First World War.

On 11 November, Exeter Chiefs players past and present, together with members of the public and leading club officials, formed the congregation for a special 40-minute service that was conducted by club chaplain Simon Atkinson.

As well as the unveiling of the new plaque, Exeter Rugby Club President Bob Staddon read out the names of all the former players and officials who had died during the two World Wars, chairman and chief executive Tony Rowe OBE laid a commemorative wreath, whilst Bugler Stephen Paxton of the Royal Marines Band sounded the ‘Last Post’ and ‘Reveille’.

Exeter Chiefs WW1 plaque unveiled

Mr Rowe aid: “For some time we have displayed a plaque remembering those former players that died during the Second World War. However, we’ve since been made aware that there were also a number of old players and club officials who were killed during the First World War.

“The fact these forgotten people were not remembered anywhere at the club needed to be addressed, so I immediately commissioned a new plaque – on behalf of the club membership – to be produced and hung alongside that of those who died during the Second World War.

“The fact that this year is the 100th anniversary of war starting makes this latest discovery even more poignant. These servicemen were not only part of our great club, but they were young servicemen who were prepared to give their lives in battle. I believe the new plaque will not only be a fitting tribute to those forgotten comrades, but it will serve as a timely reminder to us all that there were a great number of people associated with Exeter Rugby Club who must never be forgotten.”

Callington Singers’ ‘For the Fallen’ concert supports SSAFA Charity

We are pleased to report that the concert ‘For the Fallen’ at Lamerton Church was a great success. The event was very well attended in spite of some rather blustery weather.

The concert was introduced by Robin Chambers of Devon SSAFA, who gave an outline of the good work and history of the organisation.

The choir performed a programme of works by composers such as Fauré, callington singers concertMozart, Ireland and Howells. The choir also performed an arrangement of ‘Abide with Me’ by John Cornish. The congregation joined the choir in singing the hymns ‘Jerusalem’ and ‘Dear Lord and Father of Mankind’. Stille Nacht was also sung by the choir to recall the Christmas Truce of 1914.

In addition to the musical programme, there were several poetry readings, in particular the poem ‘Poppies Grow in Solace’ by choir member Chris Parsons (read by the author) was very well received.

Callington bugleIn accordance with the grant provided by The Last Post project, the Last Post was played on the organ, followed by Nimrod by Edward Elgar to close the concert.

Displays were provided by SSAFA and Devon Heritage Centre and each attendee was also given a souvenir replica of the St. John’s Gospel Service Booklet, which was issued to troops at the front during the First World War.

We would like to thank everyone who contributed to the evening, especially Lamerton PCC, the cake and tea ladies, SSAFA, Devon Heritage Centre, Devon Remembers and the Tavistock and Lamerton branches of the Royal British Legion for providing standard bearers. We also wish to thank Andrew Wilson of Kelly College, who stepped into the breach when our usual organist fell foul of the flu.

The concert raised a total of £552.19 which is a great outcome. We hope to repeat our fundraising efforts in 2015, in the meantime the Callngton Singers are proud to have been able to support SSAFA.

For more information about the Callington Singers and forthcoming events, see their website www.callingtonsingers.org

Devon Remembers flag raising ceremony on Armistice Day

Members of the Devon Remembers Steering Group were joined by Devon County Council Staff and elected Members on 11th November 2014 for an Act of Remembrance and to raise the Devon Remembers flag.IMG_4358

Dr Phil Norrey, Chief Executive spoke about the background and range of activities included in the county-wide partnership project and Councillor George Gribble, Chairman of the Council led a call for remembrance (see below).  The flag was raised by Commodore Jake Moores OBE, President of the Devon Royal British Legion.

IMG_4369Students and staff from Isca college performed The Last Post on the bugle prior to the 2 minutes silence, and the Ode to Remembrance being read.  Isca students in their Cadet uniforms provided a very smart guard of honour.

Devon Remembers flags have also been flown over the Exeter Guildhall and the Town Hall in Torquay.

A Call to Remember:

At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month the guns fell silent on the Western Front, to bring to an end the First World War.  Our nation and commonwealth has recalled that moment through our Armistice and Remembrance events down the decades, decades during which the men and women of our armed services have continued to pay the ultimate sacrifice.  And so, during this centenary period we stand here today to remember lives sacrificed in the service of our Country, and those traumatised and injured in conflict.  May we have such a devotion to justice and freedom that the heroism of all who fought, and still fight, may continue to be remembered in a world of peace.


Tributes to Beer’s wartime sacrifices now online

Tributes to more than 80 men from an East Devon village who fought in the Great War can now be found online.

Their names and stories have been added to the website www.devonremembers.co.uk, which was set up to honour the men and women from Clinton Devon Estates communities who served in the conflict between 1914 and 1918.

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The names of the men from Beer have been added to the site after being researched by village resident Richard Scott.

He said: “As a former pupil of Colyton Grammar I was asked to research the names on the school’s Great War memorial. I found that project so intriguing that I just carried on the work in Beer looking at the names on the village war memorial. After that I also began to research those who survived the war.CDE_DevonRemembers_Beer-1

“I tracked down and spoke to the descendants of some of the men who died, as well as those who came back, and they were incredibly helpful, adding personal stories and pictures to the information available publicly.

“These stories have already featured in an exhibition in Beer. I’m really pleased to say that they will now be available permanently online for people across the world to see.”

The website was launched in August 2014, telling the stories of the men and women honoured on war memorials in the estate communities of Budleigh Salterton, Colaton Raleigh, East Budleigh, Newton Poppleford and Otterton in East Devon, and Merton and Huish in the north of the county. Volunteers from Budleigh Salterton’s Fairlynch Museum and elsewhere had carried out the research.

Website www.devonremembers.co.uk is funded by Lord Clinton’s Charitable Trust and Clinton Devon Estates. Estates Director John Varley said: “The website helps us all to remember that thousands of young people from Devon were prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice for their country, and for those they left at home.

“While many of their names are recorded on memorials across the county, there is a real danger their stories will be lost as time passes, so www.devonremembers.co.uk serves as a digital memorial to those who fought on our behalf a century ago.

“The website is an also an invaluable research tool for schools, societies and local historians.”

People can leave tributes online at www.devonremembers.co.uk, as well as add their own family stories about the Great War.

WAR AND WORKERS – Plaque Tribute to Fallen Postal Workers to be unveiled in Exeter

On August 9th 2014 Trade unions linked up with the community and local history groups across Exeter to run the World of Work event at the Exeter Phoenix Centre with an Informal Adult & Community Learning agenda attached to it.

More than 200 people visited the exhibition showing how working people were affected by the First World War. One of the main groups of people affected were the postal staff, and they are set to be remembered in the conclusion to this event, with the unveiling of a plaque at the Royal Mail Delivery Office in Exeter.

The plaque made by John Patterson a local sculptor is due to be unveiled on Friday, 28th November and has been funded by a grant from Devon County Council, under the Devon Remembers Memorial Restoration fund and the CWU Union. The Communication Workers Union, represent postal staff both nationally and locally, have been the main driver in obtaining this funding.

As a local rep I have played a big part in this tribute for the fallen postal staff and their families and wanted to give something back to the community. The original Plaque was destroyed along with the Post Office building, in the blitz of Exeter in World War 2 and has never been replaced. It is fitting that this ceremony coincides with the centenary celebrations for World War 1.

At the event, the final talk was from a CWU tutor Nick Nicholls, who spoke about a battalion, the 24th Post Office Rifles, formed from postal workers. This battalion fought bravely and suffered 8,400 casualties during the conflict. Nick also touched on the social, economic and political consequences of the war, saying ‘that 35,000 women were employed by the Post Office between 1914 and 1916 (and were paid less than the men they replaced), and that trade union membership among women during the war rose by 160%’.

The event is scheduled for Friday 28th November 2014, and will be of interest:

  • For the Exeter community and families who can see the plaque on show daily
  • This is a unique project, with the local union and management paying tribute together
  • This marks a special time for remembrance and a tribute for those in Exeter who lost many lives in WW1

For more information contact Darren Rowbotham – CWU, Union Learning Representative.
phone: 07584077829, email: DarrenRowbothamCWU@Hotmail.co.uk.

Isca Students’ Cenotaph Tribute

Isca Academy in Exeter is taking part in First World War centenary project The Last Post on November 11th 2014 at 6:30 pm joining hundreds of groups around the UK in a musical tribute that will remember local World War One history and Isca poppiessee the Last Post played on a variety of different instruments.

All students at Isca were given the task over the summer to investigate their family history and discover what they were doing during WW1. They have uncovered stories of heroism, ordinary life carrying on in the face of huge obstacles, families in other places of Europe and their roles during the war.

Isca’s event is called CENOTAPH and will record this personal family research from children at Isca, as well as their responses to the famous ‘Ode of Remembrance’. Using song, film projection and art we recreate the journey of soldiers leaving Devon to join the army at the Front.

Isca mosaicSome of the images created by students have been attached, but we would also welcome a photographer to join us at the event if possible. The plans for a 360 degree projection of film and art images is impressive and should be most spectacular.


Susy Dunne, Isca Academy

01392 204082


Remembrance Sunday Vintage Bus Rides across Exeter to raise money for the Royal British Legion


  • Exeter’s fifth annual ‘Twilight Running’ event to take place on Remembrance Sunday (9th November)
  • Vintage buses will operate across a variety of historic Exeter bus routes from mid-afternoon until early evening
  • In honour of the day, buses will be decorated with poppies and passengers will be asked for voluntary donations in aid of the Royal British Legion

On Sunday 9th November Exeter will play host to the fifth annual ‘Twilight Running’ event when a selection of vintage vehicles will operate across several historic Exeter City Transport bus routes.

Vehicles taking part date from the 1930s right up to the 1980s and will be departing from Exeter City Bus Station stands 2, 3 and 4 from 2pm in the afternoon up until 7pm in the evening. All journeys will start and finish at the bus station and will last anywhere up to 45 minutes. Passengers will only be able to board at the bus station and all journeys are completely free.

In recognition of the event taking place on Remembrance Sunday, passengers will have the opportunity to make a voluntary donation to the Royal British Legion either through purchasing a souvenir programme or by simply putting some money in the collecting tin. In addition, many of the buses will be decorated with poppy vinyls in honour of the day.

Michael Watson, Managing Director of Stagecoach South West, commented “I’m looking forward to once again seeing these historic vehicles on our city streets and I urge everyone who enjoys a trip on the day to make a donation to the Royal British Legion.”

David Fricker, joint organiser of the event and owner of two of the participating buses, added:

“This unique event in the South West evokes a sense of nostalgia as passengers have the opportunity to experience bus travel across the decades. This year has added poignancy as we remember 100 years since the start of WW1. In fact, 80% of Exeter City Transport staff at the time joined the services. As well as former Exeter City Transport buses we also have Devon General, Southern National and Royal Blue vehicles also participating this year and hope people really enjoy the event.”

Carole Arnold, Community Fundraiser for the Royal British Legion, said “On behalf of the Royal British Legion I’d like to thank the organisers of Twilight Running and Stagecoach for supporting us through this event, especially on such a significant day in our calendar.”

More information on the event can be found by visiting www.wetc.uk.com/exeter.

Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal 2014

The Royal British Legion will be launching its annual Poppy Appeal on Friday 24th October this year.RBL

Please have a look at the link to the RBL Poppy Appeal Website to find out more about how the Poppy Appeal began back in 1921, what the significance of the poppy symbol is, and ways you can support the Royal British Legion through buying a poppy or other merchandise from the RBL Poppy Appeal Shop.

Devon Remembers Steering Group member Peter Williams and others also share what wearing the poppy at this time means to them.

Most of all…Wear your Poppy with Pride. Watch this fun short video to show you how !

The Devon Branch of the Royal British Legion will be holding its annual Festival of Remembrance at the University of Exeter on Thursday 6th November, this year commemorating the centenary of the First World War.  Click here to find out more about the event and how to purchase tickets.