Malmesbury group, MVCAP, have big plans to mark the outbreak of the First World War
A MALMESBURY group is giving away 1,000 packets of poppy seeds to mark 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War.
Members of Malmesbury and the Villages Community Area Partnership (MVCAP) have started The Great War Project, where they plan to look at the experiences of communities before, during and after the First World War with plans to bring people together and build something positive for the future from what they discover.
Project officer for MVCAP Mark Allen said the project was about broadening people's knowledge of the First World War.
"When people hear the First World War they think of trenches and marching and the soldiers who fought but we want to explain that it's so much more like that," he explained.
"We want to gain a better understanding of the real people and their real lives from that time. Perhaps learn some of the music, 100 years ago, which was popular at dances. The First World War isn't as one-dimensional as we think."
Although the project is still in its early stages, members want to run events through 2014 to 2018 to mark the centenery of the conflict.
Upcoming events include Malmesbury Carnival's Petticoat Lane on August 25 and Sherston's Pop-Up Village on September 21 where MVCAP will be holding stalls and supplying more information on future events.
Members are also encouraging residents to plant poppies across Malmesbury and have given out a substantial number of poppy seed packets asking people to donate something to the Royal British Legion if they can.
Visit greatwarproject.org.uk for further information or britishlegion.org.uk to donate to the Poppy Appeal.
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