Interesting Times: Church Stretton 1914-1918

In 2018 we presented the story of our community in wartime to celebrate the Centenary of the 1918 Armistice. We are repeating this story to celebrate the work of the Royal British Legion over the past 100 years and its continuing support for the members of the Armed Forces.

In the story we describe how the men of the Strettons went away to war, and how the community continued to keep its home fires burning through four difficult years until the Armistice.

Some men came wearily and thankfully home. Others are remembered on the War Memorial, erected above the town at Longhills, facing down the valley where they had lived and toiled. There are also memorials near the Church in All Stretton and in the Church at Little Stretton.

What was happening in the town during that time?

Based on local Newspaper articles and research into other local media, we bring to life the activities of residents in the Strettons, the impact of war casualties on local families, the welcoming of Belgian refugees and the charitable works aimed at easing the lives of those on the front and at home.

Hear the voices of those who marched away.

Through the research by the Local History Group, we hear about the lives of some of the Stretton men who marched away.

We will hear some extracts from ‘A Shropshire Lad’ by A.E. Housman and with the words of Shropshire-born Wilfred Owen, who told the world in a soldier’s voice of the War to end all wars.

Some snatches of the songs of the time will also be heard as we take you through those long years of conflict.

Tickets cost £10.00 and will be available from 10th June 2022 at Newsworld/Sandford Hardware, the library or online at www.ticketsource.co.uk

Proceeds in support of The Royal British Legion and Friends of Church Stretton Library.

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