“Not Just a List of Names” – confirming pre-orders

“Not Just a List of Names” – confirming pre-orders

Persons that have already pre-ordered a copy of the Project book, “Not Just a List of Names” are requested to confirm their interest in purchasing a copy by emailing backtothefront@hotmail.co.uk before 31st October. The book, which includes the stories of 667 men and women from the parish of Abbots Langley that served in the Great War, will be on general sale at a price of £15 from 1 November. Pre-ordered copies and new orders can be paid for and collected between 10am and 2pm from the Project Exhibition at St Lawrence Church, Abbots Langley on Saturday 3rd and 10th November.

Back to the Front Exhibition Takes Shape

Back to the Front Exhibition Takes Shape

The Back to the Front Great War Exhibition opens at the Church of the Ascension (the Tin Church) at Bedmond at 10.00 on Saturday 27 October. On Friday 2 November the Exhibition closes and re-opens at St Lawrence Church, Abbots Langley at 10.00 on Saturday 3 November, where it remains until Sunday 19th November.

The “Songs the Soldiers Sang” Singing Workshop

The “Songs the Soldiers Sang” Singing Workshop

Over 120 children and teachers from Abbots Langley and The Divine Saviour Junior Schools packed into the Henderson Hub Arts Centre in the village to take part in a singing workshop led by Brenda Southorn. The children were taught a number of popular songs that were sung in the trenches during the Great War and also learned the background to the songs.

“Only Remembered” Rehearsals underway

“Only Remembered” Rehearsals underway

Rehearsals are also underway for Back to the Front’s production “Only Remembered”, and evening of songs and stories about Abbots Langley in the Great War. Performances will take place at the Henderson Hub at Abbots Langley at 7.30pm on Weds, Thurs, Fri, 7,8,9 and at 2.30pm on Sat 10 November. This is a FREE show. Tickets should be booked in advance by phoning the Henderson Hub 01923 601280 or by calling in to Signature Estates Abbots Langley Office

First rehearsal of “Spirit, Service & Sacrifice”

First rehearsal of “Spirit, Service & Sacrifice”

The first rehearsal of Back to the Front’s Great War production, “Spirit, Service & Sacrifice” took place at the Bedmond Village Hall. The cabaret-style evening which includes a World War Supper will premiere at 7.30 on Saturday 3 November and features an evening of songs, poems and monologues recreating Bedmond of 1918. Guests are encouraged to dress in period costume. This is a FREE event, but tickets must be booked in advance by email bedmondvillagetaskforce@gmail.com or phone Bedmond Village Hall on 07401 331302.

First batch of Clay Tiles fired

First batch of Clay Tiles fired

The first batch of clay tiles that were created by local school children as part of the Back to the Front Mud & Memorials project have successfully been fired. We are grateful for the assistance of Bedford Modern School who have provided the use of their kiln for the firing of the tiles. The fired tiles will now be glazed and re-fired before they can be installed as part of the two new War memorials being created by the project.

Abbots Langley Tough Ten

Abbots Langley Tough Ten

The Abbots Langley Tough Ten Road Race for 2018 has partnered with the Back to the Front Project. This year the medals presented to every runner included the project’s Tommy Langley logo and an inscription commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War. Three descendants of Great War soldiers from Abbots Langley were present at the finish line to present the medals. From left to right Roy Barnes, Paul Quarman and Richard Baldwin.

Two new War Memorials

Two new War Memorials

Site Surveys of locations have now been completed for the installation of the two new War Memorials as part of the Mud & Memorials Project. Local schoolchildren have created over two hundred clay tiles to commemorate the men from the area that were killed in the Great War.

Abbots Langley Repeated Great War Walk

Abbots Langley Repeated Great War Walk

60 walkers attended the repeated Abbots Langley Great War Walk on Sunday 9th September. The Walk covered areas of the Village not included in the original Walk and visited the areas of Trowley Bottom, Leavesden Asylum and the St Pancras Orphanage School. Descendants of Abbots Langley soldiers came on the Walk and as a result new photos of Abbots men have been discovered, including this photograph of Arthur Chalk supplied by Debra Steel-Chalk.