Remembrance project gets lottery backing

Councillor Hazel Brand and David Seymour at the Misterton War Memorial.
Councillor Hazel Brand and David Seymour at the Misterton War Memorial.

A local history project that will commemorate local lives lost in the Great War, and is supported by Misterton Area Partnership, has received £9000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The exciting project, Lest We Forget, Misterton and West Stockwith in The Great War, is led by local historian, David Seymour. Timed to coincide with

the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, the project will focus on local men (and, unusually, one woman) whose names are

listed on the war memorials outside All Saints’ Church in Misterton and inside St Mary’s Church in West Stockwith. The project will involve the communities of Misterton and West Stockwith in investigating these names – and the stories behind them - and what life was like in the two communities a century ago.

David Seymour said: “This is an exciting project for the villages of Misterton and West Stockwith, a fantastic opportunity for local people today to do some historical research that will have major international, national, and local significance next year. MAP will be putting on exhibitions and displays locally as well as publishing materials which will go to every household in the two communities to pay tribute to local men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for King and country 100 years ago.

“In order to do this, a local history group will be set up and I’d like anyone interested to get in touch.

Anyone who wants to be involved in this historical research project, or who has information or photographs they think will be relevant, is asked to contact David Seymour on 07952 544604, or at seymoursam@hotmail.com

Hazel Brand, District Councillor for the Misterton Ward and chair of Misterton Area Partnership, added: “I am delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has provided funding so that we can pay tribute to those local people who made the ultimate sacrifice in The Great War.”