Cash on offer to help Mansfield and Ashfield commemorate First World WAR

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Villages across Mansfield and Ashfield can now claim up to £300 to help them commemorate the Great War in their local area.

Nottinghamshire County Council has approved £10,000 per year grant aid funding which will offer financial support to local groups to bring the history of the 1914 – 18 War to life and help people understand how the war impacted on their community.

The Community Commemoration Fund, which will be officially launched at Mansfield Museum (today, June 5), will attract applications from a range of groups including historical societies, parish councils, schools, uniformed groups such as cadets, scouts and guides, youth clubs, church groups and art societies. All applications must be supported by the group’s county councillor.

Coun Alan Rhodes, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “We are keen to encourage and support community activities across the county to mark the Great War and this fund will offer a helping hand.

“It is important that people never forget the sacrifices and bravery displayed by so many men and women from Nottinghamshire, particularly the 13,000 who lost their lives as a result of the War.“

And Deputy Leader Joyce Bosnjak added: “One of the main aims of the fund is that activities will bring communities together and highlight the social and economic change of the times.

“Activities that are jointly funded, educational and registered with the Trent to Trenches website will be viewed favourably.”

Also attending the launch are community groups from the Mansfield and Ashfield area, representatives from Trent to Trenches, Mansfield Museum staff and British Legion representatives.

Groups can apply for funding by downloading an application form from ww.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/trenttotrenches

The first round of applications will cover events and activities taking place before 1st September 2014.