GALLERY: Chatteris Glebelands school children pay respect to town’s fallen First World War heroes with exhibition

Pupils make discs under the tutelage of ceramics expert Rob Howard.

Pupils make discs under the tutelage of ceramics expert Rob Howard. - Credit: Archant

Children at a Chatteris primary school have been working on a project to commemorate the bravery of the town’s First World War heroes.

Year 5 pupils at the Glebelands School have worked with professional artist and ceramic expert Rob Howard to create clay discs commemorating all 25 of the men from Chatteris who received medals for gallantry during the Great War.

A further 25 discs have also been created with images inspired by the war from poppies to medals and cannons and doves.

The discs will be on display in the parish church from November 4-18 as part of an exhibition called “Chatteris Remembers”.

The exhibition also features work by the children of Kingsfield School, who have been working on a project to research all the men from Chatteris who were killed in the war.

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The clay discs will eventually be on permanent display in the wildflower meadow at the rear of the church in an area that will be named “Gallantry Corner”.

Kennington Lodge of the Masons have helped fund the project with a £500 donation, while Chatteris branch Travis Perkins have promised to give two railway sleepers on which the discs will eventually be displayed.

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Mr Howard said: “The children really worked hard and the end results are honest children’s work. It was a great pleasure working with these young artists.”

Headteacher Lisa Sharratt said: “This is a lovely project, the children have really enjoyed working on it and have created some fantastic designs.”

MP Steve Barclay, who devised the project, said: “Chatteris should have great pride in those residents who served. A total of 25 men were awarded medals for bravery including George Clare, who received the Victoria Cross – the highest honour.

“I am really looking forward to seeing the children’s work when it goes on display in the church.”

During the exhibition, the church will be open daily from 8am to 4pm.

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