Armstice centenary events organised at borough's libraries

6 November 2018

A series of events to coincide with the forthcoming centenary of the end of the First World War have been organised at libraries across Cheshire West and Chester.

Events include talks, reminiscence sessions, coffee mornings and poignant displays. 

For those inspired to learn more about their family and the role that they played during wartime, Helsby Library is hosting historian, Owen Powell, on Tuesday 13 November at 2.30pm, who will talk about Researching Your Ancestors. 

This will be followed by an evening talk by Mr Powell at Frodsham Library at 7pm, Home Service during the Great War, which highlights all aspects of the home front.

Barnton Library has a wonderful collection of First World War memorabilia for people to view, as well as an art display of poppies arranged and curated by the library’s knitting group; a drop-in reminiscence coffee morning will also take place from 10am to 1pm on Saturday 10 November. 

Northwich Library also has a commemorative display in the form of a waterfall of poppies, all hand-made and created by the library craft group and other local community groups from Northwich town centre.  They will also be hosting a coffee morning supported by representatives from the Royal British Legion between 10am to 12pm on Wednesday 7 November. 

Helsby, Neston and Sandiway Libraries are commemorating how the war impacted on their communities by exhibiting information about local people who died in the First World War. 

Outside Sandiway Library stands a commemorative Tommy figurine donated by the Royal British Legion and the Parish Council.  

A poignant display is on loan to Winsford Library from Crosshatch Gallery and Winsford History Society. Included are excerpts from Private Frederick Shaw’s Gallipoli campaign diary (not originals); Private Shaw was based with the Royal Marine Light Infantry during the First World War and his name is inscribed on Winsford’s War Memorial. All displays will be available until the middle of November.

The Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Well-being, Councillor Louise Gittins said: “I’m pleased so many of our libraries have been able to organise events to mark this month’s World War I centenary.  I’m sure visitors will find the talks, events and displays both informative and moving.”

Full details of all library events and how to book can be found on the council’s website.
 

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