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Cheshire Schoolchildren Invited to Remember First World War Heroes

Published: 14th September 2018 11:04

Schools from across the borough are invited to participate in a local creative writing and art competition to help remember the servicemen and women who gave their lives in the First World War so that future generations could live theirs.

Schoolchildren invited to remember WW1 heroesLocal dignitaries and officers launched the competition at Chester Town Hall. (l-r): Adam Thwaite, a pupil at Kings School Chester, Ruth Jones, Royal British Legion, Mark Parkinson, Cheshire West and Chester Director of Education, Lady Mayoress Mrs Janet Black, Cheshire Lord Lieutenant Mr David Briggs, Lord Mayor of Chester Councillor Alex Black, Chairman of Cheshire West and Chester Council Councillor Bob Rudd, Councillor Stephen Burns, Armed Forces Champion, and Chris Samuels, Armed Forces Coordinator.

The Chairman of Cheshire West and Chester Council Councillor Bob Rudd and the Lord Mayor of Chester, Councillor Alex Black have issued an invitation for entries in the competition, which is being run in conjunction with the Royal British Legion's Every One Remembered project, in partnership with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Creative writing competition

Children are being asked to write a short commemorative message (no more than 200 words) to say thank you to a serviceman or woman. They can search for someone to thank by logging onto the national website at everyoneremembered.org. They can find someone specific or click the ‘not sure who to thank' button.

The local competition will be divided into four categories. A first, second and third prize will be awarded for each category:

  • Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 (key stage 2/Juniors)
  • Years 7, 8 and 9 (key stage 3)
  • Special schools - years 3, 4, 5 and 6 (key stage 2)
  • Special schools - years 7, 8 and 9 (key stage 3)
Art competition

Younger children (reception, year 1 and 2 (key stage 1)) are being invited to create a picture (either a painting, college or a drawing on maximum A4 size) "Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War/Poppies/servicemen and women". There will be a first, second and third prize for this category as well.


Entries into both the local creative writing and art competition can be submitted to georgia.johnson@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk or by calling 01244 977265. You can also get in touch for more information. Children can submit their messages into the national campaign at everyoneremembered.org as well.

Winners from all categories will receive a small prize, a certificate and an invitation to the City of Chester's Remembrance service on 11 November 2018. Runners-up will also receive a certificate and an invitation to the Remembrance service.

The closing date for the local competition is 22 October 2018 at 12noon and the judging will take place on 30 October 2018. A selection of the entries will be displayed at either Chester Cathedral or Chester Town Hall prior to 11 November 2018.

The Lord Mayor of Chester Alex Black said: "I am keen that the City of Chester does its part in helping to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War with a fitting tribute, like this competition, to those who lost their lives. Members of my family survived the atrocities of the First World War, but many, many men and women didn't. It is our duty to educate future generations of the sacrifices that were made and to give them an opportunity to say thank you."

Chairman of Cheshire West and Chester Council Councillor Bob Rudd said: "The Royal British Legion's objective is to ensure every fallen hero from across the Commonwealth is remembered individually by those living today. Cheshire West can do its part to help remember and I would encourage schools to get behind this important competition to raise awareness among local children of the servicemen and women who gave their lives so they could live theirs."

Further details will be on the Lord Mayor of Chester's website: lordmayorofchester.org.uk

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