Littleport Fourteen 1914 – 2014 : event this weekend

logosOn behalf of the Littleport Field Theatre Group I am passing on the below information about this exciting Littleport Fourteen event held this weekend:

 

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You are invited to join us at Littleport Village Hall, 15 & 16 November, 10-4 pm for a fascinating range of displays of artefacts, photos, memorabilia and other items from the Great War. There will be talks and exhibitions, live music from Littleport Lyrics, and a costumed WW1 canteen courtesy of Littleport Women’s Institute.

There will be an exhibition of work by pupils of Littleport Community Primary School, and a display by the Field Theatre Group, about their recent production: Field of War.

The poetry anthology Perspectives, featuring new writing on the theme of the Great War will also be available to buy. All proceeds from the anthology will be divided between the Royal British Legion, Littleport Branch, and Help for Heroes.

Entry to the exhibition is free. Refreshments and disabled facilities are available. We do hope you will join our community for this centenary exhibition.

Littleport Festival Fourteen is funded by the heritage Lottery Fund and Littleport Parish Council. The Perspective anthology and prize is funded by East Cambs District Council.

 

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WWI Centenary events in Littleport

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A range of events are happening soon in Littleport, all related to the commemorations surrounding the start of WWI, 100 years ago.

There is a dedicated Facebook page about all the things happening surrounding the  Littleport Centenary events: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Littleport-WW1/1385394928404885

 

First of all, on 1 and 2 November, The Littleport Field Theatre Group will perform its Heritage Lottery Funded community performances of Field of War.

Practitioners from The Field have been working with a mixed-age,  mixed-ability group of residents to create a WW1 centenary tribute in music, songs, poetry and drama. In addition we will be creating a wartime trench set, and we will be utilising archive footage from the Imperial War Museum.The performances are just one element of a series of commemorative events which have been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Littleport Parish Council, and East Cambridgeshire District Council.

Tickets are free for performances at Littleport Village Hall, on Saturday 1 November, 7.30 pm; Sunday 2 November 2 pm & 7.30 pm (the producers would like to advise that the performance is not suitable for young children).

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On 15 November there is a Perspectives poetry competition prize giving event, at Littleport Village Hall, 6.30-8 pm – see leaflet below

Please join for a celebratory evening to congratulate the entrants who have written a selection of moving poems to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to read their poems. The prizes will be presented by the current Fenland Poet Laureate, Poppy Kleiser.

The Littleport Field Theatre Group are launching the anthology ‘Perspectives’ at this event. Perspectives is priced £3, and all proceeds from the sales will be divided between Help for Heroes and the Royal British Legion (Littleport Branch).

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World War I activities and events in Littleport

This autumn looks set to be a busy one in Littleport. The Field Theatre Group has joined forces with many other groups, organisations and individuals throughout the town to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

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These events have truly been a community-wide effort. Festival partners include: Littleport Parish Council, Littleport Primary School, Littleport WI, The Village Hall committee, The Grange Care Home, Littleport Lyrics, Littleport Rotary, Littleport British Legion, The Field Theatre Group and St George’s Church. With such a wide range of organisations on board, we can all look forward to a season of moving and memorable events this centenary autumn.

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Look out for our free programmes. These will be appearing in September, in the Barn, the Library, the new Adams Heritage Centre, and many other places throughout the town. Pick up a copy and see for yourself what is on offer.

There is still time to enter the Littleport Festival Fourteen poetry completion (new closing date 4 September) : Perspectives. Entry is free, and open to all who live, work or study in the East Cambs region, regardless of age, ability or background. Those not qualifying are still invited to contribute to our new anthology. We are inviting submissions of poems or prose, or letters which reflect on the First World War from the perspective of 100 years in time.

There are 2 categories, Under 16 & adult. The competition winners will receive a commemorative medal and a cash prize at our gala prize night on 15 November . All entries will be published in a new anthology also entitled Perspectives. Shortlisted entrants will receive a complimentary copy of the anthology. Join with us in creating a tribute in verse to those who sacrificed so much for us.

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We have been grateful to have had many offers of funds and support for these events. We are, however, still seeking donations provide further funds for some events.  If you would like to make a contribution, or volunteer your help in any way, we would love to hear from you!

We are looking for volunteers for help with displays, front-of-house, refreshments, transport and tasks of every kind. With your support we can make this once-in-a-hundred-year chance to commemorate the sacrifice of our forefathers, a very special time.  A proportion of Festival proceeds will be donated to the Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes.

For full details of this and The Field Theatre Group’s other projects please visit our website or our Facebook pages: Field Theatre Group or Littleport WW1.

Deborah Curtis & Jennifer Stevens, The Field Theatre Group.

www.fieldtheatregroup.btck.co.uk; thefieldtheatregroup@hotmail.co.uk

Tel 01353 863595/862042