Lessons focus on life during conflict
CHILDREN spent two weeks learning about the First World War through art and language.
Thomas Harding School in Chesham recently held its annual art and language fortnight, which this year focused on the conflict.
The fortnight began with a theatre company performing a play about life in war. This was followed by two weeks of activities including studying Wilfred Owen poems, looking at artwork and recreating it using 2D and 3D media and planting poppies.
The school also held a ‘resilience day’ with competitions to see who could hold ice cubes for the longest, who could float the best boats and how trench life would have felt for soldiers.
Children also wrote posthumous messages to soldiers from Chesham who lost their lives during the war.
Headteacher Jan Burgess said: “We’re confident that children have grown in terms of knowledge and understanding of the events of 1914 to 1918, but also have grown personally into even more confident individuals of whom we remain incredibly proud.” A BELL that rang out 100 years ago to mark the start of the First World War will ring again this weekend, thanks to a successful appeal.
The old Chesham Town Bell has now been rehung in the clock tower in Market Square, Chesham, following an appeal by Stirling Maguire to raise around £8,000 for the work.
The bell, cast in 1748, was donated to Chesham Museum last year by the family of the man who had been looking after it since the old town hall in Market Square, was demolished in 1965.
A friend of the museum, Mr Maguire was keen to see it back in its rightful place and so launched the appeal with this newspaper at the start of this year.
He was keen to see it rehung in time for this weekend’s First World War commemoration events.
The bell was put in place and tested last week and will be commissioned at an event on Sunday which will also remember the 188 Chesham servicemen who died in the Great War.
Mr Maguire said: “It was very emotional when I heard the bell ring for the first time. It was extremely satisfying after all these months of work, but it’s all been worth it seeing it up there.”
Sunday’s event will start at 11.30am with a procession and music. There will then be the striking of the bell and a multi-faith service at noon, which includes a reading of Chesham’s fatality list with the bell being chimed for each casualty.
There will also be poetry readings and the laying of flowers of remembrance.
Guests include Andrew Ketteringham, who was town mayor when the clock tower was built in 1996.
Mr Maguire added: “I’m looking forward to Sunday. I’m hugely enthusiastic about it and other people are too.”
From noon on Sunday, the bell will ring daily every hour from 7am to 7pm.”
UNDERSTANDING: Year three pupils at Thomas Harding School with their First World War letters and artwork
BELL IS BACK: Town councillor Derek Lacey, Stirling Maguire, Chesham Mayor Mohammad Fayyaz and museum chairman Chris Spruytenburg in front of the clock tower