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Cheadle Remembers the Great War

By Cheadle Post and Times  |  Posted: March 22, 2014

By Abbey Buxton

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CHEADLE Discovery Centre in partnership with Cheadle Historical Society, Cheadle Town Council, Cheadle Royal British Legion, Churnet Valley Living Landscapes and Staffordshire Moorlands Community and Voluntary Services is applying to the Heritage Lottery Fund for up to £10,000 to create a 'Cheadle Remembers the Great War' Project.

'Cheadle Remembers' will be a community project researching the impact the Great War had on the people of Cheadle and the rural communities surrounding it.

One part of the project will research the work of a local poet, Charles Masefield, who served in the war.

A booklet including his touching poems, a roll of honour and other local stories of the day will be published as a tribute to the local men who served.

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The fascinating part played by the Great War horses from Cheadle will be brought to life in a pageant, which will recreate how the horses were commandeered and led out of the town from the original Wheatsheaf Hotel to serve the gallant soldiers on the front line. A Civic Remembrance Service and reception is planned with commemorative medals for relatives of serving soldiers.

The 'Cheadle Remembers the Great War' exhibition which follows in the Cheadle Discovery Centre will engage the community with some of the incredible stories about the gallant characters of the day, and provide ongoing displays of photos, newspaper articles and memorabilia throughout the summer.

A lasting memorial to the Centenary is being designed by a local blacksmith Jim Plant and will be placed in a suitable place of remembrance.

Ivan Wozniak, a volunteer of the Cheadle Discovery Centre, said: "A great deal of care and effort has been needed to design a project that will be a fitting tribute to those who served in the Great War.

"We hope to know in about three months time whether our application has been accepted."

Mike Plant, secretary of Cheadle Historical Society, added: "Hopefully the project will allow us to find out even more about the people who served in the war and how it impacted on the people of Cheadle and surrounding area."

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