Country commemorates Passchendaele

This week we organised an event at the National Memorial Arboretum on 2nd August as part of the national commemorative events around Passchendaele. Representatives from Historic England, Imperial War Museums and War Memorials Trust were all in attendance along with civic societies including Tamworth, Chester, Lichfield and Coventry.   

During the event, volunteers that have been on a Civic Voice training programme and have then gone on to add a war memorial to the National Heritage List for England or access funding from the FWWMP programme shared their stories. We heard from Blackpool Civic Trust and how the APPG for Civic Societies has helped champion the cause with MPs on a national level. Case studies from other groups involved in the programme are available here.

We also used the day to look ahead and we heard from Altrincham and Bowdon Civic Society who talked about how they are commemorating the centenary in 2018 with a specific focus on Civic Day on 23rd June. We also heard from a Civic Voice volunteer who is organising a conference in Worcester to commemorate Passchendaele in November. 

Joan Humble, chair of Civic Voice  said: "We're proud to have played our part in the national commemoration of the First World War and this event was another opportunity for communities to come together to hear what each local area has been doing to remember the fallen. I look forward to hearing more stories over the remaining part of the commemoration."