Arts group in Arnold get National Lottery cash to mark First World War centenary


A First World War centenary project being run by an arts group based in Arnold has received a cash boost from the National Lottery.

Arnold’s Flying High Expressive Arts CIC (Flying High) has received £10,000 from First World War: Then and Now, a grant programme supported by National Lottery players, to fund its project which is called ‘Then & Now: Rebuilding lives after the Great War.’

Run in partnership with Gedling Borough Council and Inspire Youth Arts, the project will investigate 1918 onwards and the impact of the aftermath on local communities and families who tried to rebuild their lives with or without those returning from the war.

Carrie Bird, director of Flying High, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded this grant from HLF to support our project exploring and commemorating the changing lives of people all over the country after the First World War 100 years ago.

“It will help us enormously to work on this project, which can be used in the future to help people better understand what is a hugely important event in our history.

“Thank you to the National Lottery for making this possible.”

Recently discovered letters written from six men on the front line to a young woman at home will act as a catalyst for all strands of the project. These include letters from the young woman’s fiancé and brother who both died in the last three months of the war.

The project will include workshops for both young and elderly people in local schools and sheltered accommodation, a four-day summer course for 8 – 16 year olds, a piece of professional theatre and the creation of an online learning resource.

The activities will help the community share their understanding of the heritage of the First World War using the letters as a catalyst.

A piece of professional theatre called ‘Dear Lucy…’ will be created to be performed locally and taken to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival, during August.

The funding application was made in partnership with Gedling Borough Council and Inspire Youth Arts who are supporting Flying High in this venture.

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