Following on from our previous blog post, Whitehill & Bordon Remembers (if you havent read that yet, you can here), 2018 marks 100 years since the end of World War I and to honour this important anniversary the Whitehill & Bordon Community Trust created the Whitehill & Bordon Remembers project. Our inspiration stemmed from a grant of 10 Perspex soldiers from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund which were placed in key places around the town in the run up to Remembrance Day as part of the nationwide project There But Not There.
We took inspiration from these figures and invited local schools and community groups to create their own silhouettes. A donation from Coomers Bordon enabled us to provide MDF boards and black paint to the groups taking part. The schools held sessions and classes to research the topic, taking inspiration from historical men and women which they drew onto the MDF sheets. These were then cut out by the students at the Future Skills Centre and returned to the schools and groups, where they were painted black and each adorned with a special poppy, donated by the Royal British Legion.
Thanks to the support of Coomers Bordon, Whitehill Town Council, the Future Skills Centre and Royal British Legion we now have 10 silhouettes standing proudly around Whitehill and Bordon, honouring those who lost their lives. The figures stand tall at Mill Chase Academy, Hollywater School, Weyford Primary School, Bordon Infants School, Bordon Junior School, Woodlea Primary School, St Matthews Primary School, the Phoenix Theatre and Arts Centre and Café 1759.