Heathfield marks World War I


Heathfield commemorates the beginning of Britain’s involvement in World War I over four days from Thursday, September 18.

Friends of All Saints’ Church, Old Heathfield (FASCOH), takes the lead in staging the town’s programme. Ann Kenward has been working with the Heathfield Community College’s head of history and students will exhibit at All Saint’s Church their research into names and lives of people from the area who fell between 1914-1918.

The church also hosts a spectacular exhibition including a creative WWI tableau plus medals and ribbons adorning the church pillars flanked by a display of memorabilia.

On September 18 a free exhibition is held from 11am-4pm in the village hall followed by ‘The Great War in Focus’ presented by former Assistant Chaplain in Chief RAF Roger Kenward. On September 19 talks will be given to children in local schools.

On September 19 there is an education day for local pupils and students with an evening of entertainment, Music for Friday Night with music, readings, jazz singing and poetry presented by guest musicians and featuring the award winning Battle Town Band. There will be a raffle and collection for Help for Heroes.

On September 20 the exhibition opens from 10.30am-4.30pm and then moves to Broad Oak Village Hall for a special WWI quiz night. The evening includes a rations menu meal and 1914-18 dress code. Events are supported by the Royal British Legion, Heathfield Community College, the Parish Council and town companies. They conclude with Sunday’s United Churches Songs of Praise in All Saints’ at 6.30pm.