Weʼre raising £750 to buy for Blackham Village (on the borders of East Sussex and Kent) our own 'There But Not There' 6ft.Tommy soldier.
- Blackham, Kent. TN3 9UD
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Donations are welcomed towards the installation of our village Tommy, who will be unveiled at our village's 2018 Remembrance Sunday ceremony. The total population of Blackham in 1914 was around 300 people. From the roll of honour displayed in the village church and the names on our Church Lychgate war memorial we know 64 signed up for war. 13 never returned a shocking loss for a small community. This life size Tommy will be permanently displayed in the heart of the village, as a poignant and lasting reminder of those Fallen. Our village Tommy will join those that are being displayed nationally and internationally.
Blackham’s Lych-gate, WW1 war memorial, was completed and unveiled on 31 July 1921. Made of stone and oak wood it displays the names of villagers killed. Every November on Remembrance Sunday, our village remembers at the Church Lych-gate. Villagers and relatives of the villagers honoured join a standard bearer from the Royal British Legion in a short remembrance ceremony.
'There But Not There' is the 2018 Armistice project for the charity 'Remembered'. Its aims are to inspire communities to organise fund raising events to purchase and install Tommy silhouettes and figures for use in a public space, so as to educate all generations about why armed forces serve their country. 'Remembered' will also help raise substantial funds to help heal those suffering from the hidden wounds of war.
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Blackham Remembers (represented by Sheila Wellstead)
Blackham, Kent. TN3 9UD
I represent a small group of residents in Blackham. We enjoy creating and organising events for our village community. The central focus for the events is Blackham village hall (built 1924). It's sole purpose is to provide a facility for the enjoyment of our village community.
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