Meriden's WW1 Centenary Commemoration Working Group

About Us

A working group was formed in December 2013 comprising representatives from the Parish Council, St. Laurence Church, Meriden’s WI, the Village Hall Committee, Meriden Scouts, Beavers and Brownies, Cameo, Meriden Rotary Club, Meriden Tree of Thought, local historian Doreen Agutter and ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.

The horse chestnut tree featured on our web banner (above) is situated outside the village surgery, formerly the Old School. It was planted by the Warmingham brothers at the instigation of the head master Mr John Penrice who also served in the war. It was the first memorial in Meriden to commemorate the First World War and as such we have adopted it as our logo.

Meriden's WW1 Centenary Commemoration Working Group

From left to right:- Cllr Mandy Haque, Jonathan Douglas (church warden), Colin Till (ABF The Soldiers’ Charity), Joan Russell (WI, Brownies and Cameo), Gerry Russell (Meriden Scouts), Lis Willis (Beaver Scouts, PPC and school governor), Cllr Paul Lee, Cllr Mel Lee, Alan Lole (Meriden Tree of Thought), Chris Copper (Village Hall), Doreen Agutter, Neville Riley (Meriden Rotary Club) and Cllr Frances Lynch-Smith. Other members of the working group not pictured are Lt. Col. (Ret'd) Richard Hackett MBE and Stefan Kolodynksi from ABF The Soldiers' Charity.

In 2014 we applied for a First World War grant through the National Lottery’s Heritage Lottery Fund. In August 2014 they announced our application had been a success and granted us £8,700 in funding which will help with the educational and sporting events we’ve planned up until 30 May 2016. Amongst those are the coach trip to the Imperial War Museum London in November 2014, a coach trip to the National Memorial Arboretum in 2015, rural cinema screenings of a WW1 theme at the Village Hall, a living history weekend in 2016 acted out by the Great War Society, a commemorative booklet on Meriden in the Great War and its Fallen and sporting matches with the British Army.