Artefacts wanted for First World War anniversary

Deepings First World War commemoration group members Jill Thomas, left, and Cathy Pridgeon, with a recipe book compiled at the time of the war by The Market Deeping Guild of Help, and inset, a poppy worn at the time of the first Cenotaph remembrance service
Deepings First World War commemoration group members Jill Thomas, left, and Cathy Pridgeon, with a recipe book compiled at the time of the war by The Market Deeping Guild of Help, and inset, a poppy worn at the time of the first Cenotaph remembrance service
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An appeal for First World War memorabilia has been launched as residents look to commemorate 100 years since the conflict began.

The Deepings First World War commemoration group has been formed to organise a range of events over Armistice weekend next year, designed to remember one of the most devastating wars in recent history.

Members are already well into the planning stage for the anniversary and hope to add to two fantastic items of memorabilia they have discovered in the village for a historic exhibition.

The first is a cookery book compiled by Deepings residents during the war. The book contains recipes designed to make the most of the limited rations available at the time, including a dish called scripture cake.

And the second item, pictured above, inset, is a poppy worn at the time of the first Remembrance Sunday at the Cenotaph in London in 1919. It was passed down to the granddaughter of its original owner and donated for the exhibition.

Deeping St James parish councillor Judy Stevens, who is helping co-ordinate the events, said: “We are honoured to have these in our community and I am delighted they are going to be at the forefront of the exhibition next year.”

The commemoration group also wants Deepings residents to research their family history at the time of the war and contribute to a family history morning.

A special souvenir programme will be produced and there will be a series of talks entitled Deeping Will Remember Them, beginning in September at the Priory Church Hall in Deeping St James.

If you have an artefact for the exhibition or would like to contribute, e-mail judy.stevens1@btopenworld.com.