Christleton Village History Group
Christleton Village Voices
Remembering our Forgotten Heroes 1914-18
Our object is to inspire school children and the wider community, in researching the contribution local people made during the First World War. We hope to develop new skills, enhance interest in & foster understanding of the villages unique heritage during the war period for future generations to enjoy and cherish.
To mark the Centenary of the First World War we will collaborate with village organisations and individuals to collect photographs, personal accounts and letters to help build up a clear picture of what life was really like. With the help of professional writers, designers and film makers the new information will be incorporated into a Commemorative Book and Village Archive which will be made available on the Village Website www.christleton.org.uk Overall this comprehensive archive will allow the community and in particular the Primary & High Schools to share and learn more about their heritage during the First World War in an interactive way. The Group will also be working with, and supported by, The Cheshire Military Museum, Cheshire Archives and Local Studies & Chester Heritage Centre.
Our aim is to produce an archive and commemorative book about the Village of Christleton and the townships of Littleton, Rowton, Cotton Abbots and Cotton Edmunds during the period of the Great War 1914-18
In addition to telling the story of the men who died, we wish to celebrate the way the village was organised during the dark days of the war, highlighting the role of the women and the people left behind.
The project is supported by a large number of Village Organisations:
St James’ Church Christleton
Christleton Methodist Church
Christleton Parish Council
Christleton High School
Christleton High School Hot Scholars
In association with
The Chester Heritage Centre
Cheshire Archives & Local Studies
Cheshire Military Museum
In June 2014 the project was awarded a Heritage Lottery Grant of £9,900 towards the project working within the community to produce
An archive of material
1000 copies of a Commemorative Book
3 Short Films
The Project was launched with a photo call at the War Memorial.
Members of the Christleton Local History Group appeared with Staff and Hot Scholars from Christleton High School, together with project leader David Cummings and co-ordinator Phil Hirst.
Christleton High School History Department Staff and Hot Scholars