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.
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 of 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
Crackin Toast Media has completed the film which looks 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 be available on DVD together with a 100 page illustrated book for £5 the pair – a bargain.
27th: 7.30pm St. PAUL’S PARISH HALL, EVENWOOD
28th: 7.30pm St. PAUL’S PARISH HALL, EVENWOOD
DOORS WILL OPEN AT 6.30pm. A display will be open to the public 27th Thursday 10.00am – 4.00pm and 28th Friday 10.00am – 3.00pm
16th: 4.00pm RAMSHAW PRIMARY SCHOOL
18th: 7.00pm ETHERLEY METHODIST CHURCH
24th: 7.30pm EVENWOOD WMC
26th: 7.00pm BUTTERKNOWLE VILLAGE HALL
30th: 6.00pm TOFT HILL PRIMARY SCHOOL
1st: 6.00pm COCKFIELD PRIMARY SCHOOL
8th: 6.00pm BUTTERKNOWE PRIMARY SCHOOL
11th: 1.00 – 5.00pm WEST AUCKLAND MEMORIAL HALL
This is timed so that people may be able to attend the West Auckland Remembrance Service at the war memorial near the Pant on the village green at 3.00pm
14th: 7.00pm CORNERSTONE CHRISTIAN CENTRE, EVENWOOD
15th: 5.00pm EVENWOOD C. of E. PRIMARY SCHOOL
23rd: 7.00pm HAMSTERLEY VILLAGE HALL
If anyone would like to arrange a screening then please contact me, Kevin Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org