A PROJECT commemorating the role of the Guide movement after the First World War will go on public display.

This weekend the Guide Hut in Woodstock will exhibit information, artwork and artefacts as part of an ongoing community project by pupils at The Marlborough School.

They invited Guides, Brownies and Rainbows to investigate the involvement of their predecessors post-war, and create art and knitting inspired by this.

The exhibition will also share information about the war graves within 10 minutes of the hut in Union Street.

It will be open to the public from 10am until 4pm tomorrow, and midday until 4pm on Remembrance Sunday, and refreshments will be available.

The display is part of a wider war project at the school, called Woodstock Then and Now.

Joanne Onions, the school’s library manager, has been heavily involved along with volunteer Angela Prior.

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Mrs Onions said: “The idea has always been to share information with different generations.

“We want to encourage them to come together on projects to find out more about the soldiers who died from Woodstock, who are listed on the War Memorial, bringing those names to life so they will never be forgotten.”

The community Marlborough C of E School in Woodstock has been visiting the First World War battlefields for more than 30 years, taking groups of Year 9 pupils to enrich the curriculum.

More recently, it become part of a national scheme called Legacy 110, which encourages students who engage in the battlefields tours to deliver a community-based First World War project.

A programme director from the UCL Institute of Education, which oversees the scheme, invited the school to take part.

Alice Hipkiss and Isabel Wheeler, both then Year 9 students, won an essay competition in which they explained why it is important to remember the First World War casualties.

Their win secured them a place on the Legacy 110 scheme and, along with Mrs Onions, they travelled to the battlefields in March 2018.

The school then founded the Woodstock Then and Now as its community-based project, and secured almost £10,000 of Heritage Lottery Funding for it.

Last year they set up a dedicated website and began exhibitions and community workshops.

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With support of the community, the school project has been part of the Mayor’s Civic Event Remembrance weekend and exhibited work at St Mary Magdalene and Methodist churches.

There was also an event at Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock, during which pupils planted ceramic poppies that they had made.

Guests who attended included relatives of the Woodstock soldiers who lost their lives.

Efforts of the school to commemorate the war have now been recognised with a Legacy 110 Award 2019.

Mrs Onions said: “We are honoured to have been chosen, as one of only six schools across the country, to receive one of the awards in recognition of the exceptional work undertaken.”

Those involved in the project will be attending an award ceremony at the Tower of London on Thursday, November 28, where they will show their project before receiving certificates and a prize.

Anyone with information about those who lost their lives during the First World War in Woodstock can contact Mrs Onions via the school.