Sittingbourne War Memorial Project
The report was written because the Heritage Lottery Fund asked recipient groups from the ‘Then and Now’ fund to make a submission to the Inquiry into Lessons from the First World War Centenary by 15th March 2019. We were one of the 115 groups who responded to the request.
It is also a great accolade to all those who have participated in the project.
BBC South East – 11th November 2018
HRGS were pleased to be able to help Robin Gibson from the BBC South East team with his news article about the First World War that was screened on 11th November 2018.
On Sunday 4th November 2018 the Wall of Reflection was unveiled in the Forum by the Mayor of Swale. The wall commemorates the men and one lady who lost their lives as a result of WW1:
HRGS 2018 Annual General Meeting
A selection of photos from the event marking the 100th anniversary of the formation of The Royal Air Force which took place at Eastchurch Aviation Museum on 24th March 2018.
A short film of an event marking the 100th anniversary of the formation of The Royal Air Force which took place at Eastchurch Aviation Museum
Eastchurch Aviation Museum celebrates the RAF at 100
A short film of an event marking the 100th anniversary of the formation of The Royal Air Force which took place at Eastchurch Aviation MuseumPosted by Sittingbourne.me on Tuesday, 27 March 2018
Heritage scheme for children launches in Kent called “Wheels of Time” which aims to encourage the next generation to visit history attractions across the county
A free taster session in archaeology hosted by HRGS (Historical Research Group Sittingbourne). Filmed here in The Forum Sittingbourne Shopping Centre, by Kent Online News. See Youtube video below.
Event Wins National Award
Last November the Historical Research Group of Sittingbourne teamed up Swale Community Rail Partnership, and Kent Community Rail Partnership with volunteers and re-enactors to stage an ambitious Swale-wide event to remember the unsung volunteer heroes and-forgotten ambulance train service of the Great War
The ambulance trains were used to transport wounded servicemen to hospitals across the UK, as far as Scotland
Last week, at the 13th Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP) awards ceremony, held in The Roundhouse in Derby, it was announced that the Ambulance Event had come first in its category for ‘ACoRP Best Community Engagement Award’. Richard Emmett, chair of HRGS, attended along with representatives from the Kent Community Rail Partnership.
The Ambulance Train event began on a bitterly cold morning in November 2016 at Queenborough harbour where a dedicated group of volunteers dressed as nurses and wounded service personnel, supported by the team from Big Fish Arts re-enacted scenes of casualties being brought ashore prior to boarding an specially chartered high speed train supplied by Southeast trains to Sittingbourne.
There they were joined by “The Tommies of Mons” Living History Group and the Swale Marching Band who subsequently paraded their way to the Forum Shopping Centre.
Local shoppers and visitors in The Forum shopping centre were greeted by stalls, with exhibits from Military Groups, heritage groups, re-enactors and a film about the Trains.
The Train then went back to Sheerness and a remembrance service at the Sheerness War Memorial.
It was an incredible day and well attended by local people.
Richard Emmett said “it is great news for Swale to win a national award and we would like to congratulate and thank our partners, volunteers and visitors for putting Swale on the map so well, for turning out in such numbers on an atrocious day and remembering these unsung heroes in the Great War. HRGS was delighted to be a part of the event and responded to a request by Kent Community Rail Partnership for information and supplied the research and agreed to coordinate The Forum displays and the Sittingbourne end of the project, whilst providing additional expertise where needed.”
Linda Brinklow. the then chair of Swale Rail Community Rail Partnership, co-ordinated events on the Isle of Sheppey.
The Kent Community Rail Partnership (KCRP) were given a glass crystal award and a framed certificate.
Sue Murray, chair of KCRP, was “absolutely delighted” with the result, “as it provided a thought provoking event which highlighted the role that railways and ambulance trains specifically, played during WW1.”
Collecting the Award
Photos from the event
Wheels of Time
Congratulations to the Chapell family on achieving the top Wheels of Time award presented recently at the Heritage Hub in Sittingbourne. Wheels of Time is a fun way for children (and families) to explore museums and heritage sites in Kent.