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Buy your tickets for ‘Nellie’ and ‘Your Loving Brother Albert’

Great War MKAt Radcliffe School, Wolverton

Performances: 7.30pm on Wednesday 12th, Thursday 13th, Friday 14th and Saturday 15th November and matinee at 2.30pm on Saturday 15th November.

Tickets £12 & £10 (concessions) please book here:  http://eventsmk.ticketsource.co.uk/

“Your Loving Brother Albert” – Albert Edward Mortlock French, born on 22 June 1899 in New Bradwell, lived at 60 Young Street in Wolverton with his father, sister Mabel (May) and brothers George and Will. Albert was engaged as an apprentice fitter in the Bogey Shop at the Wolverton Railway Works on 4 July 1913.His record card from Wolverton Works is marked ‘Left without Notice’ on 16 October 1915. Despite being only 16, Albert had joined up ‘to do his bit’ for the war effort. He had a sense of adventure, like hundreds of others from Wolverton Works. He was killed in action on 15 June 1916, a week before his 17th birthday. He was part of a working party sandbagging a trench which was attacked by enemy machine-gun fire. He had been hit in the chest by four machine-gun bullets. Personal letters to his father from his Captain and the Chaplain tell of a fine young man, who served with pride and was an asset to his regiment. The letters were a chance discovery, in 1975, bundled among the belongings of his sister May after her death. Roger Kitchen, a co-founder of Living Archive MK, conducted interviews with the family and many others who remembered the Great War period

“Nellie” – Nellie Abbey nee Smith died in 1982. She was a remarkable woman, best known for organising the huge Whitsun Hospital Fetes in New Bradwell. She was not only a good organiser, but a person of great creativity, musical talent, boundless energy and fun who gave a life of service to her local community.

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Be part of #GreatWarMK with a Banner Making Workshop at Westbury Arts Centre

Vinny StapleyWestbury Arts Centre are holding banner making workshops for those passionate about all things textile!!

The workshop is suitable for all levels of ability, from beginners interested in learning textile skills, to those with advanced textiles skills.

The workshop will be run by Vinny Stapley, a textile artist and teacher, who plans to work with a wide range of groups within the Milton Keynes community to create hundreds of Banners to commemorate those people who served in The Great War.

The Banners made will form part of a procession of Remembrance and a Dance Performance in Campbell Park in July 2015.

Vinny will come in with some materials, but it would also contribute to the project as a whole, if participants were able to bring in old WW1 photos or other mementos of family members to discuss and maybe integrate copies of these into their own banners.

It would be great if you could contribute some fabrics or old clothes in red, grey, white, black and cream colours  to upcycle in the banners, but not essential.

The workshop is also suitable for those trying to build a portfolio demonstrating a range of techniques for entry to art college, or those that want to learn to stitch for pleasure.

The workshops are planned for: Saturday the18th of October and Saturday 8th of November.

For Further information and to book a place please contact:

Caroline Malone at Westbury Arts Centre via getinvolved@westburyartscentre.co.uk or 01908 501214, for more information about the arts centre please see: http://www.westburyartscentre.co.uk/