Heritage Lottery Fund awards £8,700 to Hoby for First World War commemorations

Heritage Lottery Fund awards £8,700 to Hoby for First World War commemorationsThe village of Hoby situated between Leicester and Melton Mowbray has been awarded a grant of £8,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for its residents to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. Together with grants from Hoby with Rotherby Parish Council, Hoby Recreation Trust, Hoby Sunday School Trust and Hoby Church, this brings the total for the project to £10,200. This small Leicestershire village, which had 175 residents in 1914, sent 67 men off to war, eleven of whom lost their lives in the conflict.

Hoby will be producing a commemorative book containing details of villagers who were killed in action, details of those who fought and came home again and those who kept the home fires burning. This will also be available in digital form as a website and an app and will be promoted on social media. Villagers will mount an exhibition in the Church including a 1914 kitchen and there will be a drama production enacting scenes from the time in the village hall. In addition, there will be a village trail where visitors can see which properties were mentioned in the book.

Movingly, there will be a muffled peal of bells sounded from All Saints Church Hoby on the 100th anniversary of the death of each person who died in action, beginning on 15th May 2015.

Vic Allsop, Chairman of the Hoby and District Local History Society who are staging the events and researching the background said: “As a small rural community, we can appreciate the impact losing eleven residents to war would have made to Hoby. We felt it was fitting to create a lasting memorial to those brave soldiers and to bring to life some of the circumstances for today’s younger generations.”

Local primary schools will be invited to create artwork to commemorate the anniversary and a roll of honour will be produced naming those who fought. The village will remember them particularly on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th August 2014 when there will be a flower festival and on the 4th a service in Hoby church.

Should anyone have any information regarding anything pertinent to Hoby or its people during the First World War, please email Diane Horsfield hdlhs@horsfste.plus.com Links to the special commemoration website will be found on the Hoby website in due course www.leicestershirevillages.com/hoby/