Contest to mark centenary of Great War

PUBLISHED: 08:09 13 November 2013 | UPDATED: 08:09 13 November 2013

Seaton RBL chairman Lt Cdr Derek Payne plays the bugle at the armistice ceremony in Windsor Gardens on Monday. The exhortation and Kohima Epitaph were read by vice chairman Maurice Ayling and standards were carried by Jim Partridge Hogbin and Bruce Roberts, for the Merchant Navy Association. Photo by Chris Carson

Seaton RBL chairman Lt Cdr Derek Payne plays the bugle at the armistice ceremony in Windsor Gardens on Monday. The exhortation and Kohima Epitaph were read by vice chairman Maurice Ayling and standards were carried by Jim Partridge Hogbin and Bruce Roberts, for the Merchant Navy Association. Photo by Chris Carson

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East Devon District Council chairman Graham Godbeer wants young people to learn more about the conflict

As towns and villages across East Devon remembered the fallen this week a major new initiative was launched to bring home the horrors of war to local young people.

Next year will mark 100 years since the start of The Great War which cost some 37 million lives and decimated communities in many countries.

To mark this important centenary, East Devon District Council’s Chairman, Graham Godbeer, from Axminster, is running a competition to encourage children and young people in East Devon to learn more about how the conflict affected their local community.

Primary and secondary schools have been invited to send in a portfolio of work about World War One in their local area. It will include:

• Research of one name on their local war memorial.

• How World War One affected their local community.

• A short story or poem.

As a prize one primary school and one secondary school will be given a day each of World War One focused workshops with a nationally recognised theatre company. Pupils will take part in creating their own play about World War One in their local area.

Everything produced by the schools can be sent to East Devon District Council and it will be compiled as an online resource for everyone to look at and to find out more.

Councillor Godbeer said: “Children and young people are a vital part of every community and they are our future. I wanted to run a competition that would encourage them to find out more about the history of their local communities in this significant centenary year. I would encourage schools to take part in this project and send us their portfolios of work.”

The closing date for entries is April 4, 2014, and Devon author Graham Hurley, writer of 23 novels, will decide the winners.

For more details, or to send in school portfolios, please contact Jamie Buckley at EDDC - email: jbuckley@eastdevon.gov.uk


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