The Evenwood, Ramshaw and District History Society has been awarded Heritage Lottery grant aid to produce a film on the effect of World War 1 on the communities of the Gaunless Valley – St. Helens, West Auckland, Etherley/Toft Hill, Evenwood, Cockfield, Butterknowle, Copley, Woodland and including the smaller places like Morley, Esperley Lane, High and Low Lands. This post will provide updates of our progress.
6 July 2017: Confirmation to start the project
25 July 2017: appointment of Crackin Toast Media to produce the film
31 October 2018: Grant Expiry Date
WHY THE TITLE “IN THE PINK”
We have a letter dated 4th November 1916 from Evenwood lad, Tommy Dunn, 11/DLI. It was from France, sent to his family and he stated that: “I am in the pink” which was a popular expression of the day to mean that he was well. On the 12th December he was wounded and sadly, 26 December 1916 he died, aged 24 years. It was ironic that 7 weeks earlier, he seemed content with life even in trying circumstances – “in the pink”. By Boxing Day, the life if the Dunn family had been turned upside down.
Thanks to Trevor Dunn for allowing us to use the letter and other family memorabilia.
PROGRESS OF THE FILM
The film is now being produced by Crackin Toast Media and we hope to receive it by the end of August. The film will look at war on land, at sea, in the air and at home including:
- the local response to the declaration of war and the shock of late 1914
- the local response to helping the wounded, notably the Etherley “Red House” Voluntary Aid Hospital
- the Zeppelin raid on Ramshaw and Evenwood
- the great naval battle, now known as the Battle of Jutland and local casualties
- the first day of the “Big Push” what we now know as the Battle of the Somme
- what happened to the lads of the St. Helen’s Colliery Institute Football Club 1909 – 1910
- the war underground, the tunnellers from our area
- the deadlock and final tumult of the conflict
- the aftermath, the influenza deaths and fortunately, many men came home and continued their lives as best they could.
The film will share the stories of just a few of these men and women. It will be available on DVD and will be about 60 minutes long. We will publish a booklet to accompany the DVD [cost yet to be decided].
TO DATE, THE FOLLOWING VENUES HAVE BEEN ARRANGED.
AT THE PRIMARY SCHOOLS WE WILL BE TALKING TO THE CHILDREN IN THE AFTERNOON FOLLOWED BY A PUBLIC SCREENING OF THE FILM, TIMES TO BE ARRANGED.
27th: 7.00pm S. PAUL’S PARISH HALL, EVENWOOD
16th: time of public screening to be confirmed RAMSHAW PRIMARY SCHOOL
18th: 7.00pm ETHERLEY METHODIST CHURCH
26th: 7.00pm BUTTERKNOWLE VILLAGE HALL
30th: time of public screening to be confirmed TOFT HILL PRIMARY SCHOOL
1st: time of public screening to be confirmed COCKFIELD PRIMARY SCHOOL
8th: 6.00pm BUTTERKNOWE PRIMARY SCHOOL
11th: 2.00 – 5.00pm WEST AUCKLAND MEMORIAL HALL
14th: 7.00pm CORNERSTONE CHRISTIAN CENTRE
15th: 5.00pm EVENWOOD C. of E. PRIMARY SCHOOL
23rd: 7.00pm HAMSTERLEY VILLAGE HALL
If anyone would like to get involved then please contact me, Kevin Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org