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Kent in WW1 '100 Miles for 100 Years' Project

By Ian Armitt Wilmington Parish Council

Friday, 10 November 2017

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The Parish Council has received the following letter from ScreenSouth regarding the ‘Kent in WWI 100 Miles for 100 Years’ Project -

We are writing to you to advise you about a very exciting First World War event at the end of February 2018 in which you or any community group might like to be involved

Who we are?

We are the Kent in WW1 100 Miles for 100 Years HLF funded project. Over the last 18 months we have been developing; with the assistance of local communities; 30 self-guided, First World War themed walking trails for Kent

What are the trails?

The stops on the trails locate men and women from the First World War at their homes, schools or places of work, making it easy to imagine them walking out of a certain house; bringing the people from the past to life and making them more relevant today

They also feature local places where events happened, such as air raids, or that were used for specific purposes, such as hospitals, and information about the Home Front with insights into topics such as the role of the Post Office, rationing and schemes like the National Egg Scheme. The trails vary in length, with the longest just over three miles.

Where can they be accessed?

All of the trails are available as a downloadable pdf leaflet or can be followed directly on a phone from our website www.kentww1.com under the 100 miles tab, there is also an app. For more detailed information there is also a booklet covering each trail, again available on the website

Where are the trails?

The locations are; Ashford, Canterbury, Dartford, Deal, Dover, Gravesend, Herne Bay, Isle of Sheppey, Lydd, Maidstone, Margate, Ramsgate, Sevenoaks, Southborough and High Brooms, Tenterden and Tonbridge, all to be launched by the end of January 2018. Some towns have more than one trail and can include places nearby. For example, Ashford includes Appledore, Great Chart and Willesborough. All the trails can be seen on our website

The final event for the whole of Kent

This will be held over the last weekend of February, i.e. Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th February 2018. Each community can choose whether their event is held on the Saturday or the Sunday. We want to bring all of the communites in Kent together to enable people to participate in a county-wide First World War commemoration

What is going to happen?

  • The aim is for 100 local people to walk their community’s trail, making 3,000 people in total. Each trail will be guided once, for 15 participants. Otherwise the trails are self-guided.
  • Each individual participant will need to register to take part in the event by emailing walk@kentww1.com, heading up their email with the location where they wish to walk.
  • Along each trail there will be 3 poppies placed at random locations.
  • Upon evidence of having walked the trail by showing photos of themselves with the poppies, each participant will receive a special edition pin badge

How can we get involved?

In every location for the event to take place we will need to arrange, with the help of local volunteers:-

  • A central location where participants will sign-in, collect their trail leaflet and to which they will return, having completed the trail, to collect their special edition pin.
  • Two volunteers to guide a trail for 15 participants. We will provide training events so that people know what they have to do. For more information please contact us directly. We will also arrange insurance to cover this activity.
  • To arrange the placement of 3 poppies at random locations.
  • Promotion and publicity to encourage people to sign up to participate so that we have an idea of the numbers.

What do I do next?

Firstly, please contact us directly on walk@kentww1.com, to register your interest or if you have any questions. Please head your e-mail with the location where you wish to participate

For more information you can contact me directly on darrienne.price@screensouth.org or visit the website, www.kentww1.com to keep up to date with the progress of this project

Thank you very much for your time

Contact Information

Ian Armitt

  • 01322 221149

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