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Communities benefit from more than £2,500 to fund First World War and D-Day commemorations

Monday, 10 March 2014

Hampshire County Council has awarded funding of £2,520 to benefit projects in Romsey, North Baddesley and Kings Worthy to commemorate the Centenary of the First World War and/or the 70th Anniversary of D-Day.

The grant funding was awarded on Thursday 6 March by Councillor Keith Chapman, Hampshire County Council's Executive Member for Culture, Recreation and Countryside, at his decision day.

The money has been awarded to organisations encouraging and providing opportunities for individuals and communities to benefit from a project, activity or event to commemorate these historic milestones.

Funding of between £200 and £2,000 to help match-fund community-led projects and events has been made available through the 'Hampshire Commemorates' scheme, which forms part of the raft of events and initiatives planned by the County Council to mark the anniversaries.

The three projects are:

Hampshire County Council's Executive Member for Culture, Recreation and Countryside, Councillor Keith Chapman said: "Hampshire and its communities played a unique and internationally significant role during both the First World War and D-Day. These grants have been awarded for projects that engage communities in the commemorations, and help them understand the role of their local area. In February, the County Council set aside £100,000 to support this programme, including £50,000 of grant funding, which will also complement the national programme, backed by Government.

"Among our various preparations, in addition to this grant scheme, are a number of key projects which include The Big Theme '1914' commemorative programme - a Hampshire Solent arts, museums and heritage partnership, supported by Arts Council England.

"Poppies will be planted at some of our Country Parks and other locations, including Manor Farm Country Park in Bursledon, Royal Victoria Country Park in Netley, and Milestones Museum in Basingstoke. A special D-Day event is also being planned at Lepe Country Park, featuring a parade along the seafront, a cliff-top memorial service, re-enactments, guided walks, and more.

"This wider commemorative programme across cultural venues will continue during the 2014-18 period, and the County Council is working in partnership with the National Museum of the Royal Navy to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the Gallipoli Campaign in 2015 and bring back to life the historic HMS Monitor M33 which served there."

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