A SPATE of events to commemorate the anniversary of the beginning of the Great War are taking place in and around Uttoxeter.
The anniversary of the Great War on July 28 and August 4 marks the start of Britain’s involvement and Uttoxeter people are getting involved with a selection of historical events to remember those who lost their lives during the conflict.
Redfern’s Cottage: Museum of Uttoxeter Life, in Carter Street, is holding an exhibition about fallen Uttoxeter soldiers, which includes artefacts and stories about the months leading up to the war and what happened to four Uttoxeter men when war broke out.
A family day entitled War is Announced is set to be held on August 30 from 11am until 5pm to educate and entertain about the days following the start of the First World War on August 4, 1914.
Doveridge Women’s Institute group joined in the centenary weekend by holding a themed afternoon tea in Doveridge Village Hall, taking visitors back to 1914 in order to raise money for Help for Heroes.
Entertainment included the Something Good Singers, dressing up, competitions and games.
Organiser Annita Mobbs, said: "It was a stunning success. I tried to tell a story from the women's point of view as they stepped up to the plate when they took on the men's jobs."
This weekend, Poppy Appeal bosses in Uttoxeter are to host a fund-raising lunch from 12.30pm on Sunday, August 10, at Kingstone Village Hall, in Church Lane.
War time history expert Paul Barrass will give a talk about conditions at home and abroad during the First World War.
Tickets for the lunch and talk cost £15 and are available by calling 01889 500272.
The village of Rocester will also be commemorating the start of World War One with a Remembrance weekend at St Michael’s Church on Saturday and Sunday.
Work is taking place to make contact with descendants of the men who gave their lives during World War One, so that invitations can be sent out to encourage them to visit over the weekend.
Displays and activities will focus on Rocester between 1914 and 1918 and on the men from the village who lost their lives in the conflict. The weekend will finish with a special service in the Church where the British Legion Standards will be on display.
Anyone with any relevant local information or artefacts from the World War One period that they are willing to share or loan for the weekend can get in touch with the organisers on 01889 590379.
The new Alton war memorial was unveiled last week to mark the centenary of the war.
Alton parish council launched the plan after it emerged the memorial near St Peter's Church did not document the names of all the fallen.
And the updated memorial, featuring all the new names of those who died fighting for their country, has been erected next to the old stone.
The Earl of Shrewsbury turned out to cut the ribbon and officially open the new memorial.
After the ceremony, attendees went to the village hall for a display about the First World War and the Alton soldiers who fought in the trenches.
The parish council has followed in the footsteps of villagers in Stramshall, who recently produced a book documenting the stories of soldiers from the village who died during the First World War.
They sent a copy of the book to the Queen and received a response from her office thanking them for sending it and stating that Her Majesty enjoyed her read.
Later in the year the Staffordshire Women’s Food and Farming Union will unveil the Women's Land Army Tribute on Tuesday, October 21 at the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas near Lichfield.
The memorial featuring two bronze figures of a Land Girl and a Lumber Jill will honour the hard work and dedication of nearly a quarter of a million young women who served in the Women's Land Army and the Women's Timber Cops during both World Wars.
The occasion will be marked with a service of dedication followed by tea and cakes.