Lessons fo­cus on life dur­ing con­flict

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY -

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.”

Photo by Chris Berry www.buyapho­totms.co.uk NL201410156_01

UN­DER­STAND­ING: Year three pupils at Thomas Hard­ing School with their First World War let­ters and art­work

Photo by Grant Humphreys www.buyapho­totms.co.uk NL201410191_01

BELL IS BACK: Town coun­cil­lor Derek Lacey, Stir­ling Maguire, Che­sham Mayor Mo­ham­mad Fayyaz and mu­seum chair­man Chris Spruytenburg in front of the clock tower

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.