Barrow Hill: a community remembers

Community group, Friends of St Andrew’s were awarded £4000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for their two year project ‘Barrow Hill: a community remembers.’ Additional funds were raised with contributions from Chesterfield Borough Council, Staveley Town Council, Hollingwood Residents Association, relatives of casualties and local residents as well as the group’s own fund-raising – to completely restore both the memorial plaque and garden.

The project was launched in August 2014 with local community leaders, residents, relatives of WW1 casualties and school children taking part in an ‘Eve Of Centenary Vigil’ in St Andrew’s Church featuring music, poetry, readings, prayer and reflection.

Barrow Hill’s Remembrance Day commemorations of years gone by were recreated with a parade from St Andrew’s Church and a community service of re-dedication at the war memorial. The parade was led by the Cresswell Colliery Brass Band. In 1952 Jacqueline Wood had laid the wreath for the Barrow Hill Girl Guides and over 60 years later, she recreated that moment. Other wreaths and crosses were laid by local community groups and service organisations, relatives of casualties and schoolchildren.

There was a WW1 exhibition at St Andrew’s Church which included such themes as “Where they lived,” “The Railwaymen,” “Boys at War,” “Railways in WW1,” “The History of the War Memorial,” and many more. The displays were shown at local venues including the Memorial Club, Staveley Library and local churches, and at events including the Canal Festival and the Staveley Armed Forces and Veterans weekend.

As a lasting tribute , WW1 memorial plaques were purchased and fitted to those surviving houses where Barrow Hill casualties once lived.