In view of the current health crisis our presentation on “The 80th Commemoration of Dunkirk & Le Paradis” on 18th March 2020 was cancelled. We hope to rearrange this later in the year.
The moving story of this tragic episode during World War Two will be told by members of the Le Paradis Memorial Campaign, one of whom is Dennis O’Callaghan whose father was one of the two men who survived the massacre at Le Paradis. We have a particular interest in the story as this event led to the death of two brothers from Irstead: Horace Yaxley at Dunkirk and George Yaxley at Le Paradis.
About the Group Neatishead, Irstead and Barton Turf Community Heritage Group (NIBCHG) aims to acknowledge and encourage the interests of people in the local history of the three villages. We pursue original research that is made available to all; share information amongst the members of the group so as to add to the body of knowledge; we are building a local archive of documents (or copies of documents), illustrations and artefacts relating to the local history of Neatishead, Irstead & Barton Turf and the surrounding area; will gather oral histories; are mounting exhibitions of an historical nature; and have created a website.
The group’s work complements and builds on the resources of Neatishead Nostalgia, Irstead Memories and the Barton Turf History Project.
The group was awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund’ WW1: then and now, for a two year project entitled “Living through World War One in three Norfolk Broadland Villages – Neatishead, Irstead and Barton Turf” which centred around life in our three communities just before, during and just after World War One, to coincide with the centenary commemorations 2014 – 2018. In August 2014 exhibitions were held in the five churches in our three villages during Open Churches Week and a further exhibition at the New Victory Hall was held over Remembrance Weekend in November 2015 when the memorial plaque to the 136 men from our villages who served during WW1 was dedicated. Information about the project can be found on a dedicated website and on the WW1 Centenary page. Even though the funding for the project has now ended, we are still interested to receive any information about the men who served during WW1 and /or life in the three villages 100 years ago.
Battles Over – A Nation’s Tribute. On 11 November 2018, the United Kingdom and its friends overseas marked the day 100 years ago when the guns fell silent at the end of the First World War. NIBCHG commemorated the Armistice with events over the course of the weekend, 9th, 10th, 11th November in the New Victory Hall, Neatishead – “Tomorrow is Yours” a sequel to the WW1 drama “When I Come Home” , displays to illustrate how the villages marked the day and the changes that came about because of the war and an ecumenical service on Remembrance Sunday remembered the fallen from our villages.
Details of forthcoming presentations, meetings and display can be found on the Monthly Meetings page
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