July – August 2018

First World War Centenary

As I’m sure many of you know, this year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. During the last four years, the Memorial Hall has been actively working within the community on numerous projects related to the WW1 Centenary, most notably in 2016 when our new hall opened, and so it is fitting that we should recognise one-hundred years since the Armistice. Between July and November, we are organising a number of commemorative events and ‘happenings’ around the community that will hopefully be of interest to residents.

Firstly, throughout July and August, there will be a WW1 history trail in Platt Woods that although primarily aimed at our younger folk, we think will also be of interest to people of all ages. Starting at the entrance to the woods near the church will be twelve consecutively numbered boards showing photographs of Platt locals or places captured during, or around the First World War. Each will have a caption underneath about the image followed by a question. Before your visit, you will be able to download a map of the woods from our website (www.plattmemorialhall.org/historytrail) showing roughly where the boards are, and also a sheet giving a selection of possible answers to each question. The trail will end near the gate at the top of Platt Common where you will find the answers. We hope you enjoy this and would like to thank the Platt Fundraisers and Platt Woods Management Committee for making it possible.

Secondly, beginning on 8 August, and then every second day for 100 days, we shall be ‘bringing home’ the 49 Platt men commemorated on our WW1 memorial and erecting a small metal plaque featuring a photograph or cap badge of each outside, or near the house where they lived before the war. The starting date coincides with the Battle of Amiens, which subsequently marked the final 100 days of the war, and the tributes will be put up in the order that each man lost his life. On 10 November we shall collect all the plaques and arrange them in the hall gardens in time for Remembrance Sunday. After this, they will be on permanent display inside the hall. In addition to the Platt Fundraisers for making this project possible, we are very grateful to the residents who have agreed to have the plaques outside their houses.

Finally, preparations for the weekend of 10/11th November are in full-swing, and we shall provide a comprehensive program of events after the summer, however; for now, we would like to invite anyone interested in being part of a fantastic afternoon of entertainment on the 11th to get in touch: armistice@plattmemorialhall.org or 886602. We are looking for actors, singers, musicians, dancers etc. of any age to put on a short performance on our stage that is ideally no longer than ten or fifteen minutes and related to, or set around the First World War period. We have already had confirmation that several of our very talented local groups are keen to be part of this, and we hope to have the day’s events included in Danny Boyle’s (Slumdog Millionnaire, Olympics Opening Ceremony etc.) nationwide ‘Armistice’ project. For more info, please see our separate advert in the Village News.

Our next planned gardening Saturdays will be July 21st and August 18th, meeting from 9.30am. Please join us if you can for an hour or two; it’s nothing too strenuous and refreshments will be served as always.

Regular hall users will have noticed that the air-conditioning is now installed in the main hall. We hope you will make use of it. It’s simple to use and we hope it will make a difference to larger gatherings, especially through the warmer months.

As always, for all information regarding our village hall, bookings, future events, reports and garden blog, please visit our website www.plattmemorialhall.org or our Facebook page www.facebook.com/plattmemorialhall.

David Vallance, Chairman of Trustees