There But Not There
The Whitehill & Bordon Community Trust (WBCT) are extremely excited to announce that they have been granted 10 ‘silent solider silhouettes’ by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust. With the support of Whitehill Town Council, the Royal British Legion and the REME Association, these life size, clear Perspex figures are going to be placed in prominent areas around Whitehill & Bordon, including the Town’s War Memorial and in the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RCEME) War Memorial Garden at the Mustangs building on Budds Lane as part of the nationwide There But Not There project. There But Not There is the 2018 Armistice Project for the charity Remembered. It is a commemoration of the end of WWI to remember those who died in the First World War through installations of silhouettes and to educate all generations about why they made the ultimate sacrifice – www.therebutnotthere.org.uk
With Bordon’s history as a military camp for more than 100 years and the former home of the School of Electrical & Mechanical Engineering (SEME), this project is a key opportunity to bring everyone together to share the history and contribution of the people of Whitehill & Bordon to our armed forces. The figures will be a key feature at the Whitehill Town Council’s Remembrance Service on Sunday 11th November.
Hannah Ashwell the Community Trust Manager says ‘We are very grateful to the Armed Forces Covenant Fund for providing us with these silhouettes and for the opportunity to honour Whitehill & Bordon’s history as part of a national Remembrance project.’
Whitehill Town Council Mayor Leslie Webber says: “This year we join with people all over the country to mark the commemoration of 100 years since the end of the First World War. The 11th November has great meaning to the community of this former military garrison town and we will be reflecting on this at a special Remembrance Service at the Town War Memorial. As part of the commemorative programme for the town, we are pleased to be working with the Whitehill & Bordon Community Trust on the Whitehill & Bordon Remembers project helping community groups and schools to honour our fallen with these silhouettes.’
The project partners are excited to be working alongside Bordon Infants School, Bordon Juniors School, Weyford Primary School, Mill Chase Academy, Hollywater School, St Matthews CE Primary School, Woodlea Primary School, Cafe 1759 , Dead Water Valley Trust, The Forest Community Centre and the Phoenix Theatre and Arts Centre to create their own silhouettes. Thanks to a donation of materials from Coomers Bordon, WBCT are providing wooden boards and paint to produce the figures. Students from The Future Skills Centre will cut out the designs created by the children and community groups, which can then be painted and displayed in prominent areas of the town. For more information or to be involved with the part of the project please contact Holly Winfield on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Look out for the silhouettes appearing in the town over the coming weeks!