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Honeywood Museum offers unique poetry workshop

A fantastic opportunity to be involved in a unique Great War poetry workshop is being staged for Sutton residents.

On Thursday 13th November 7.30-9.30pm at Honeywood Museum it will be held by professional poet Stephen Smith with additional guidance from members of Sutton Writers Circle and using the artefacts in Honeywood Museum’s War to End All Wars exhibition as inspiration, this practical workshop will concentrate on creative methodologies, exploring perspective, form and figurative language, and will lead participants to the preliminary drafting of a poem.

Stephen Smith has worked as a University Lecturer, a Writer in Residence, a Creative Writing Tutor in Adult Education and as a lecturer in literature, history and philosophy for the WEA. His critically acclaimed collection, The Fabulous Relatives, published by Bloodaxe Books, won a major Eric Gregory Award.
This event is FREE, but pre-booking is requested. Please telephone 020 8770 4297.

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Sutton makes £20,000 available for World War One projects

The London Borough of Sutton has made £20,000 of grant funding available to be allocated in small grants (maximum £500 or more by exception) to support local community organisations to deliver projects that commemorate the anniversary of the First World War. The money will be allocated from 2015 – 2018.

The fund is available for ‘not for profit’ organisations to support local, small scale projects that commemorate the First World War. Voluntary and community groups can apply if they have a name, agreed purpose or terms of reference and a bank or building society account.

Where a group is coming together only for the purpose of putting on an event or activity it will need the support of an eligible organisation which is willing to receive the funds on behalf of the group.

Applicants can only make one application in each financial year enabling us to support a number of projects from different groups.

There are no deadlines, you can apply at anytime but it could take up to 12 weeks for a decision so please ensure that you allow plenty of time before the activity is due to take place.

Ensure that you read the guidance notes to give your application the best chance of success then complete this form and return to jane.allen@sutton .gov.uk or post to:

Jane Allen
Heritage Service Manager
Sutton Central Library
St Nicholas Way
Sutton SM1 1EA

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Cheam church will remember WW1 at exactly the start time

An act of remembrance, in line with thousands all over the country, will take place in Cheam On Monday August 4.
St Dunstan’s Church in Cheam will host a Commemoration Service to mark the anniversary of the beginning of the First World War.

The service will start at 8.00pm in the evening and will be followed by a time of prayer in church.
This will end with an Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial at 11.00pm – the exact moment the War began in Britain.  Everyone is welcome to come along and take part in this special service.

The Rector of Cheam, Fr Darren Miller, said ” Cheam was represented in all parts of the war zone – France, Flanders, Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Holy Land, India and at sea.  Sixty seven Cheam men died during the First World War.  Their names are inscribed on the war memorial, in front of Cheam Library.  The impact of this loss on the village must have been dreadful.  It is good that we remember it now at St Dunstan’s with our fellow churches and the community.”

“We will be reflecting the Lights Out theme from the Royal British Legion in that candles will be extinguished as part of the service and the last hour that the church is open will be in dimmed light to reflect the lights out at Westminster Abbey,” added Fr Miller.”

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Carshalton’s war heroes captured in new book by Sutton author

A book that uniquely captures the human side of the impact of the First World War on Carshalton is now available.

Author Andrew Arnold will be at Waterstones in Sutton on Thursday 23rd October from 6-7pm to sign copies of the book. “Their Name Liveth for Evermore” has taken more than six years to research and write and documents the lives of all those whose names are recorded on Carshalton’s war memorial.

Subtitled “Carshalton’s First World War Roll of Honour” the book came about after a visit to the memorial by Andrew and his father.

“We were in the Greyhound for a drink and decided to walk across the road,” he said.

“A couple of the names on the memorial stood out and we later looked up more details about them, and it it all started from there.”

Father of one Andrew then had to undertake months and months of painstaking research as he tracked down further information about each of the men.

“The names became real people and I am privileged to have met so many of their family members who have helped me with information and photos, and in return I have been able to explain the part their ancestors played in the war,” said Andrew.

The book is published by The History Press.