George Hollingbery urges community groups to apply for money to unearth local World War One stories

Meon Valley MP George Hollingbery is urging community groups in the constituency to apply for a grant to explore and conserve local First World War heritage.

Around £2million has been made available by the Heritage Lottery Fund for its First World War: then and now, initiative, but no money has been applied for in the Meon Valley.

The cash has allowed thousands of young people and communities throughout the UK to mark the series of centenaries of the war in ways such as researching and recording local heritage and conserving and finding out more about local war memorials.

“The Meon Valley is steeped in military history, war memorials and young men from the area were probably involved in battles like the The Somme, Jutland and Passchendaele,” said George.

“So it’s a real shame no community group from our part of the world has applied for a grant from the fund to help understand or even unearth stories from 100 hundred years ago that need preserving.

“It’s very important we remember the impact of this war and there is still time to apply for National Lottery money. If anyone has an idea for their own project I would urge them to get in touch with the Heritage Lottery Fund.”  

More information on how to apply for HLF funding is available at www.hlf.org.uk