Holsworthy World War One 100 years – to the Memory of the Fallen and the Future of the Living

Holsworthy Town Council is commemorating the end of the First World War with its latest project  Holsworthy World War One 100 years – to the Memory of the Fallen and the Future of the Living.  

One of the aims of the project is to turn Holsworthy into the ‘Poppy Town’ of Devon ensuring that everywhere possible in the town is planted with poppies and everyone being encouraged to place a poppy in the window of their house or in their garden.

A permanent WW1 Memorial Tree Trail will be planted by the Town Council in Stanhope Park.  39 trees will be planted around the park remembering the 39 local servicemen who died during the War and a 40th mature apple tree for those that survived and those that lived through it, symbolising the future of the living.  The local ‘Men Shed’ will make bird boxes which will be installed in the mature trees and the new apple tree.

Local residents and business are being asked to sponsor a tree (at £250 each).  Please contact the Town Council on 01409 253312 or email townclerk@holsworthytowncouncil.gov.uk if you are interested in becoming a tree sponsor.

Holsworthy Museum will be holding an exhibition throughout the project period on WW1 casualties and the local area before, during and after the war.  The local community is encouraged to add to the existing information by sharing stories, photographs and memories about their relatives and families during the time.

Other events planned include a picnic Celebration Party, a Remembrance Concert at the College, Holsworthy Amateur Theatre Society performances, Tidying of overgrown War graves in the churchyard and Remembrance Day events including a Parade, Service and the lighting of a Beacon at 7pm.

For more information, see the Holsworthy WW1 – Project Outline


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