“On Sunday November 12th, 188 members of Scouting and Girlguiding in Holmes Chapel joined parents and leaders for an interactive session led by education coordinators Joanne Williams and Louise Gittens, representatives from the Cheshire East Reflects initiative.
Cheshire East Reflects, a Cheshire East Council initiative, is a four year programme of activities, events and development programmes aimed at helping residents of, and visitors to, Cheshire East commemorate the First World War.
The children, ranging in age from 5-18 years old, listened to a short presentation about the First World War and then, thanks to resources on loan from the Imperial War Museum North, had the opportunity to handle First World war artefacts. They also created poppy collages and propaganda posters, completed word searches and attempted to “break the code”.
Holmes Chapel Girlguiding District Commissioner, Karen Cragg, said “Members of Scouting, Girlguiding and local church groups come together each year to provide the children of Holmes Chapel with an opportunity to be involved in Remembrance Day commemorations beyond just taking part in the village parade. Joanne and Louise delivered an excellent session which not only gave the children an insight into the factors which led to the First World War but also gave them chance to consider what life was like for members of the armed forces and civilians.”
If you would like further information about Cheshire East Reflects visit their website cheshireeastreflects.com. For information about Scouting or Girlguiding visit Scouts.org.uk or Girlguiding.org.uk respectively.
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