Bakewell Infants Remembrance
Bakewell Church of England Infants commemorated one hundred years since the Armistice on November 12th, 2018 as part of their First World War Then and Now Heritage Lottery funded project.
Having discovered the programmes for the peace celebrations in 1919 at the Old House Museum, Bakewell, the school decided to recreate some of the events.
They started with the children’s sports in the morning featuring a running race, a three legged race, a girls skipping race and a boys sack football. 100 years ago, as the children have learnt, it was a gender segregated world! This was one of the improvements that they started to value by comparing lives from then and now.
Here is Dennis enjoying sack football!
At 1 o’clock the whole school marched round the Bath Gardens opposite the school, in costume and carrying the plaques. The plaques had all 503 men from Bakewell who served during the war - the Roll of Service. The list had been found at the Derbyshire Record Office.
There was a short service including in the Remembrance Garden attended by Bakewell Town Council, Howard Moorby from the British Legion and Canon Kaunhoven, vicar from Bakewell’s All Saints Church. The Last Post was played by a James Wilson student from Lady Manners and the children sang God save the King.
On returning to the school the ceramic memorial was unveiled and all the children were given their copies of the two books that they had contributed to. One is a story book called Kitty and Belmont Go to War written by Paul Whitfield with the year twos.
Here are the children sharing a look at the book of research in their writing in response to the stories during a World War I tea.
Tricia Outram, Head Teacher says, “This project has been fascinating to follow and see how engaged the children have been when learning about their local history. We enjoyed rounding off all they have learnt with lots of fun, as well as reflecting on the serious side of remembrance”.
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