Lottery boost for Friends of Hollingworth remembrance project
Monday 30th April 2018 11:21 Hollingworth News Posted by Tom Greggan

The Friends of Hollingworth group has received £26,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for its village-wide ‘Lest We Forget’ project.

The project will focus on the complete renovation and re-dedication of the War Memorial on Mottram Moor as well as a variety of community-led heritage activities to commemorate and remember the fallen soldiers of the village.

Marking the centenary of the end of the First World War, the inter-generational project will enable local people to come together to preserve and to pass on the memories and heritage of the people who lived through the First World War.

Hollingworth War Memorial

Volunteers have collected photographs and family tales to help them build a clear picture of what life was really like and work has been undertaken to research the lives of the 40 men named on the Memorial, as well as a further 49 Hollingworth men who are remembered elsewhere.

That research has been compiled into a book, which will be made available in paperback  to all households in Hollingworth in the coming months and will be published as a leather-bound Book of Remembrance to be presented to the local churches. It’s hoped that at some future date, all research completed for the  project may contribute to a separate borough-wide digital archive.

Commenting on the award, friends’ group spokesman Geoff Featherston said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the National Lottery and our project will bring together young and old to commemorate the First World War Centenary.

“We believe that to understand Hollingworth-in-Longdendale today and in the future, we need to know and remember what happened yesterday.”

Through the efforts of the friends’ group, the War Memorial now has Listed Building status. With the help of the Lottery grant and support from Tameside Council, work is now underway to clean and restore the monument and to preserve and maintain it for future generations.

This year, Remembrance Sunday coincides with Armistice Day, the centenary of the end of the war. A service of re-dedication will follow the Remembrance Service.  A cascade of locally knitted poppies forming a back-drop to it.

In addition, Year 6 children from Hollingworth Primary School will, in their final half-term before leaving, undertake a project based on the Memorial and Remembrance, involving visits to the local history library and Portland Basin Museum, a visit from a veteran, an Arts Award, and much more.

The season of commemoration will run from Saturday, June 9, until Saturday, November 24.

Events will be publicised in the Flyer, on the Friends of Hollingworth Facebook page, in the Tameside Reporter and Glossop Chronicle, on Tameside Radio and on posters in local churches, shops and eateries.

There will be drop-in sessions during the summer to enable residents to learn about and to access local history resources. A map of Hollingworth has been assembled, detailing the former homes of men who served and lost their lives.

It will be made available both in paper form and for mobile devices. A local Blue Badge Guide has offered his services to accompany summer evening walks around Hollingworth following parts of this map.

It is hoped that present-day residents of these homes will agree to display a poppy in and there will be a closing event at the Conservative Club at the end of November.