Having done a lot of counting on the way, then re-counting, we have now delivered the collected Express and Star vouchers to the Queen Street offices and handed them over, packaged up into bundles of five hundred: our first target!

 

A big thanks to everyone on the plots who handed them in, posted them in the box, or dropped them into the shop or cajoled, bribed and extorted a few extra from friends, family and neighbours.

A second set of thanks to Landywood, Cheslyn Hay and Moat Hall Primary schools who added to our collection. Moat Hall’s contribution of two thousand, six hundred and forty eight (yes, really!) was an amazing effort: thank you.

The final number of vouchers we collected, with your help was three thousand two hundred and forty five!

Now we await the results. Staff at the Express and Star and Home Serve will decide what proportion of the thirty thousand pounds we are given to put towards our planned Great War Legacy Garden project. So far we have been working with Cheslyn Hay Scouts, the parish council and Cheslyn Hay Historical Society (who also donated some vouchers) and the Royal British Legion.

If anyone has any ideas, information (it would be great if we could find records of people who had allotments in Cheslyn Hay before or during the First World War) or skills you need to drop us a line (either here or on Facebook) or simply drop by the site one day and ask for a committee member.

But, in the meantime, thanks for the support of the voucher collection.

Express and Star: The Great-War-Legacy Garden Project.

 

Our local daily newspaper the Express and Star is offering funding for community projects.

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Following a couple of committee meetings we decided to apply, hoping to be selected. The project we put forward reflects this time in history, allotment traditions and expands our community.

Mick Powell, current chairman has been to initial meetings about ways to commemorate the First World War in a local sense. These have been hosted, I believe by the parish council and have included, variously, The Boy’s Brigade, Scouts, Royal British Legion and Cheslyn hay Local History Society.

Our application, discussed at length, was – in a nutshell – to recreate something like a World war One allotment/ and or back garden.

I have since heard that our group, meeting the criteria has been selected.

So please, if you have the Express and Star save the Cash for your Community vouchers that will be printed over the next month and let us have them. Every one will help (the number that we collect will be important in deciding how much funding we get.

We will also need to know more about allotments of the time: what crops were grown and what techniques used.

If you have that information, expertise or any other information we would love to hear from you, so that over a four year period we can build a real living-history site to be proud of.