Following a recent trip to the World War One battlefields of Northern France and Belgium, Haileybury Turnford’s year 8 students have created a reflective photo display of war sites they got the chance to visit. The project has been temporarily installed and was formally unveiled at the Broxbourne Council offices in Cheshunt on Thursday 12 July by Councillor Mark Mills-Bishop, Leader of the Council, and Councillor Mrs Carol Crump, the Mayor of Broxbourne.
57 students from the school got the chance to go on the historic trip after a successful bid for a grant subsidised by Broxbourne Council’s World War One commemorative programme, which helps local organisations fund respectively themed projects.
The school trip took place in November 2017 and students got the opportunity to visit Ypres in Belgium, the Somme in France, Flanders Fields, the Menin Gate, the Newfoundland Memorial Park and the Lochnagar Crater, the largest bomb crater from the First World War.
Student representatives from Haileybury Turnford, Rebecca Fletcher and Rosie Dunford, both in year 8, and the Subject Lead for History Mr Stuart were present at the unveiling of the photo collage where they shared stories and fond memories from the journey.
Councillor Mark Mills-Bishop said: “We will remember them. It is rewarding to see our local schools engaging with history and understanding the sacrifices made by men and women from the Borough and beyond”.
The Council’s Commemorative Panel was set up to oversee a programme of events and initiatives between 2014 and 2018. These have included the For The Fallen community performance, screenings of War Horse and Private Peaceful, commemorative heritage plaques to recognise the contribution of Edith Cavell and Admiral Sir Hedworth Meux, the digitalisation of Stephen Warner’s war diaries, commemorative poppies at the Cheshunt Old Pond roundabout, a ‘War and Peace’ poetry competition and the granting of Freedom of Entry to the Royal Anglian Regiment.
For more information about the Council’s World War One Commemoration programme please visit www.broxbourne.gov.uk/FirstWorldWarCentenaryProgramme