St. Luke’s Parish Church, Hickling
We are very grateful to have the support of the community of Hickling, who have installed 11 silhouettes and a Tommy at their local church as detailed below:
“Hickling is a small farming village just outside Melton Mowbray on the edge of the Vale of Belvoir and on the Grantham Canal. We have a rich and vibrant history which our new Local History Group is just beginning to get to grips with; one of our first projects (amid the national centenary commemorations) has been to research those from our village who died in the two World Wars.
Early on, it was decided to include both World Wars in our research; we are fortunate to have lost a relatively small number in these two wars (11 in total) but in a small community the impact of those losses reaches a long way.
In a few short weeks we raised funds to support the TBNT project with purchases of 11 silhouettes and one full-size Tommy figure. We have experimented with several locations for our Tommy but, at the time of writing (April 2018), he is standing underneath a flowering cherry tree. We plan to move him around as events and seasons change. Our silhouettes will be on display in Church on May 4th 2018, July 7th & 8th 2018 (Open Churches), during Remembrance (every year) and when we re-run our play, ‘The Best Christmas Present in the World’ in December 2018.
We decided to collect our research in to a 2018 Commemoration Calendar with each page concentrating on the story of one of our fallen soldiers; these stories have brought reality to these commemorations. We commemorate not just the men who died but the families, friends and the community who lost them, too. We host the TBNT figures so that we remember but also in the hope that such memories may prevent such loss of life in the future.”
For more information and updates on when the Tommy and Silhouettes will be in place, visit their website.