Belper at War

The Belper World War One Commemorations Working Group received £500 from Belper Town Council when it was formed in early 2014, raising a further £807 through activities and donations simply by mainly charging groups for talks and providing refreshments at events.

Projects included:

  • Planting a WWI Poppy Field on the Chevin Hillside, with blessing ceremonies.
  • Recreating a 1919 temporary war memorial on the Market Place in August 2014 and July 2016 for open air services on key centenaries.
  • The Belper in Wartime website with information on the 275 Belper men killed.
  • Two drama/song performances in August 2014 and July 2016, created by Belper Arts Festival.
  • Research done on Belper during WWI to provide book through Belper Arts Festival for local schools.
  • Talks and walks, including tableaux to raise people’s awareness.
  • The restoration of the World War 1 Victoria Cross hero’s grave.
  • A mobile exhibition on Belper in WW1 for the town’s museum and to be shown at festivals.
  • An exhibition on the 14 men killed at the Somme on 1 July 1916.
  • A coffee morning fundraiser with traditional WW1 recipes, an exhibition and a talk