Whaley Bridge: Remembering the Fallen

Supported by a £500 grant from High Peak Borough Council, and a £150 grant from Whaley4Wards via the Town Councils regeneration budget, Whaley Bridge groups and individuals put together a two day exhibition at the end of November 2014 in the Uniting Church to Commemorate WW1 and its impact on families and social life in and around Whaley Bridge.

More than 500 people visited the exhibition where they saw displays such as over 75 photographs capturing local life and local images of the war, accompanied by accounts of individual stories, and personal effects and memorabilia including military artefacts such as a Maxim machine gun, medals, shells, gas masks and war ceramics.

The Royal British Legion and Whaley Bridge and Furness Vale History Societies showed artifacts, books and documents. Whaley Bridge Library presented a display of WW1 themed literature and information on further research and learning opportunities using the Library’s website links. There was also an interactive session for children with the aid of themed colouring in sheets of WW1 aircraft and ships.

Local schools displayed their children’s artworks. Yarnbirds Knitting Craft Group exhibited balaclava and mittens, such as would have been knitted to support the war effort and a centre piece of a wreath of knitted poppies. Whaley Bridge Art Group created a feature window display based on a selection of poetry depicting aspects of WW1.

Local pianist David Oldbury played live wartime music and Discover Buxton Living History Group gave a variety of informative talks, including an enactment featuring actors’ renditions of a soldier’s experiences and Vera Britain memoirs.