The Forncett History Group has received £3,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its Great War Project. Awarded through HLF's "First World War: then and now" programme, the project will focus on the impact of the First World War 1914-1918 on the parishes of Forncett St Mary and Forncett St Peter in South Norfolk.
"To mark the centenary of the First World War, the project will enable local people in the Forncetts to come together to preserve the memories and heritage of the people who lived through the First World War," said John Webster, chairman of Forncett History Group. Volunteers will collect photographs, newspaper clippings, documents, letters and photos of keepsakes, as well as family tales passed down, to help them build a clear picture of what life was really like. These will form the basis of a Time Line displayed in real time and also contribute to the Books of Remembrance for each church honouring those men who gave their lives in time of war.
With help from professionals, the information gathered will be presented in a display following the developments and effects locally over the four years of the conflict. The display will become an archive since everyone will be able to access and contribute information and will allow the public to discuss, contribute, share and research information about the Home Front in local sessions.
Commenting on the award, project leader, Jackie Scully, said: "As members of a small community we are delighted to receive the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. It will enable us to convey to present generations the impact of the Great War on ordinary folk in our small community."