Bradstow School Lottery award to stage two-day community event marking the Great War

Pottery poppies made by young people at Bradstow School as part of the project

A huge community event commemorating the Great War will be staged in Broadstairs by Bradstow School.

The school has been awarded a grant of £9,300 from National Lottery Awards for All for their inclusive, interactive event which will encourage special needs, mainstream young people and the community to learn together.

The event will be at the Memorial Recreation Ground 1914-1918 (known as the Memorial Ground) on Saturday, November 10 and Sunday, November 11.

‘War Horse’

Attractions will feature a living history exhibit of life during 1914-1918, giving everyone a chance to recreate and experience life during the First World War. A life size warhorse sculpture created during inclusive art workshops by Bradstow and other local schools will be on display and work completed during the last four years of the project will also be exhibited.

Stories from the home front and beyond, giving specific detail to events in Broadstairs and St Peters, will be told using acting, dance, song and music. Innovative music workshops for Bradstow and local schools during the preceding months will provide some original pieces in amongst some old favourites.

Evening event

In the evening there will be a free, collaborative event with local schools, dance companies, inclusive choirs, theatre groups and musicians, bringing all abilities together to bring the Poppy Proms to life, and showcase the previous months of learning.

On Sunday, November 11, the Remembrance Day service will be held by the war memorial in town with all groups attending invited to join a reprise of the Poppy Proms at the Memorial Ground and visit the Living History exhibit, open until 3pm.

The whole event will be free, but tickets will be needed for the collaborative evening event on the Saturday and the reprise on the Sunday.

Can you help?

Bradstow School is also asking for sponsorship and volunteers from the community to connect varied groups who have never worked together before.

For further details, sponsorship and community volunteering opportunities contact Lorraine Hiller – Inclusion Development Manager, Bradstow School – on [email protected] or call  01843 862123.