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Season of events to mark World War anniversaries

Monday, 15th September 2014.

Haverhill Town Council has announced a season of events to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One and the 75th anniversary of the start of World War Two.

Groups within the town will present special concerts and, in collaboration with Haverhill Family History Group, there will be a number of events to honour the part people from Haverhill played in the wars, giving a local slant to the nation-wide commemorations.

Alan Bumpstead, chairman of Haverhill Family History Group, said: "While we may be aware of the scale of casualties in both World Wars what were the personal stories for two generations of Haverhill families caught up in the conflicts?

"We hope to give a glimpse of this through the planned events and an opportunity for further contributions from those with war time recollections, memorabilia or who had relatives who were involved."

For more information call 01440 714140. The planned events are as follows:
Saturday, September 20, 11am-4pm, Haverhill Library - Family History Open Day.
A talk by David Williams at 11am about the lives of Far East POWs after the war with a display featuring some local men involved in the conflict. Afterwards, 12.30-4pm, help to research your family/military history, Haverhill Family History Group.
Sunday, September 28, 7.30pm, Haverhill Arts Centre - Keep The Home Fires Burning, a concert of World War One themed music, Haverhill Silver Band.
Thursday, October 23 to Tuesday, November 11, Haverhill Arts Centre Café - World War One and Woprld War Two timelines and field of poppies exhibition, come and place your own poppy, Haverhill Family History Group.
Thursday, October 30, to Saturday, November 8, 11am–3pm (not including Sunday 3rd & Wednesday 6th), Haverhill Arts Centre Studio - Haverhill In The Wars, find out about life for the people of Haverhill in both World War One and World War Two including on the Home Front, with exhibits from schools, period artefacts and items from Christopher Gurteen’s private collection, Haverhill Family History Group.
Sunday, November 2, Haverhill Arts Centre, 7.30pm - Everyone Sang, reflective music and poetry to mark the outbreak of World War One, Haverhill Choral Society.
Tuesday, November 4, Haverhill Arts Centre, 1.30pm, 7.00pm - A Farewell To Arms (PG), Lawrence Of Arabia (PG), free classic World War One-based films, Haverhill Town Council.
Thursday, November 6, Haverhill Arts Centre 7.30pm - Our Friends, The Enemy, a theatre production based on The events of the Western Front, Christmas 1914, as told through the eyes of Private James Boyce, Haverhill Town Council.
Thursday, November 13, Old Independent Church, 7.30pm - We Will Remember Them, recalling the life stories of some of those named on the Haverhill Memorial and the Old Independent Memorial, Suffolk Family History Society.

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