People in Atherstone are all set to go back in time thanks to a funding windfall.
The Volunteer Centre North Warwickshire along with four partner community groups won money from the Heritage Lottery Fund to hold an event to remember the first world war.
Over the weekend of the 16th and 17th of August there will be fun for everyone as the town comes together to turn back the clock to 1914.
There will be a steam roller in the station yard, information boards and a 1890s carousel in the market place.
Centre Manager Martin Horner said “We had worked with Friends of Atherstone Heritage on two previous projects, and when they asked us to help them and also St Mary’s church to apply for funding from Heritage Lottery we were delighted to help with the application. We were over the moon when the funding was granted. We are now helping to manage the project to a small extent, with most of the work for the project being undertaken by volunteers at the Friends of Atherstone Heritage, St Marys Church, Atherstone Theatre Workshop and the British Legion.”
The Volunteer Centre North Warwickshire will be used as an information point during the weekend. People can pop into the base at the bottom of Long Street to find out more about what is going on and where.
On Saturday 16th there will also be some drama. The Boy from the Borough – the story of an ordinary man from Nuneaton will be performed at St Mary’s Church and then the popular film War horse will be shown at the arts centre in Owen Street at 7pm.
Exhibitions about the year 1914 will be up at St Mary’s Church “Sacrifice and Remembrance 1914 – 1918 and a Steam-power drives a Rural Workshop scale model.
One of the organisers Lorna Dirveiks from the Friends of Atherstone Heritage said “We are now in the countdown to the weekend and things are beginning to come together. Sadly due to reasons beyond our control some of our promised exhibits are no longer available. Illness has prevented our vintage canal boat from being in Atherstone and problems with insurance means our rare 1914 motor bike will have to remain in storage, but we have been promised a WW1 horse-drawn ambulance and a veteran push bike.”
Atherstone’s new visitor centre in the arcade will also be open 10 – 4pm for the exhibition – Atherstone in 1914. People will be dressed up in the period costume relevant to that era.
Lorna added “We are still looking to recruit three men to wear our replica soldier’s uniforms around the town over the weekend. If you would like to be a recruit for a day or two, please give me a ring on 01827 713191.”
For more information about the Volunteer Centre North Warwickshire go to www.vcnw.org.uk or give the team a call on 01827 717073.
Visit www.atherstonesheritage.com for more about the friends.