THE Middlewich Heritage Trust has received funding from the National Lottery as part of its First World War then and now project.

The project will focus on learning opportunities for schools and our community, a reprint of the Roll of Honour, development of a town trail and webpages and development of a remembrance garden.

For Remembrance Day the trust is going to reprint the Middlewich Roll of Honour, a document produced by the Urban District Council that listed serving personnel, their achievements and the fallen.

New research showed the list was not complete and this has now been cross-referenced and re-typed.

This research was behind the unveiling of the 14 additional names on our war memorial.

Kerry Kirwan, heritage development officer, said: “We’re delighted that we’ve received this support thanks to National Lottery players; it means so much to have the opportunity to commemorate such a traumatic period in our town’s history.

“We owe so much to these people, even one hundred years on.

“Through this project we connect our modern-day community to the various local stories and events of the past that not only shaped our town but the country as a whole.”

School groups are encouraged to contribute some art and written work for the project; this in turn helps teachers and pupils to learn more about Middlewich history through the stories of people involved and actions at particular key locations.

The Trust has teamed up with the Royal British Legion and has been delivering school sessions leading up to Remembrance Sunday.

The trust’s final aim is to produce a permanent remembrance garden in the ICI Brooks Lane memorial with an opening event in July 2019, the centenary of the UK-wide peace celebrations.

Local people and schools will work together with a designer to produce a garden design that reflects Middlewich’s Great War story.