WW1 in Fenwick – Lest We Forget

Discover How the First World War Affected Fenwick

Fenwick Parish Church has been successful in obtaining a substantial Heritage Lottery Grant to support young people to engage in a learning journey with regard to World War 1 and its impact locally and to create an event to help to inform and provide a commemoration opportunity for the wider community.


Some of the things we will be doing include:

Producing and showing a short film on WW1 and Fenwick.

Creating a Photography/History Exhibition and Booklet created by participants

Community Cinema showing of War Horse

Art/drama workshops

Church Service and laying of Wreaths at War Memorial – community led, invitations to be sent if possible to descendants of those commemorated on Memorial.

The project will be led by young people aged 12-21 with the assistance of East Ayrshire Leisure’s Heritage team acting as heritage partners and will include the chance to get involved in photography/videography, local research, art and a wide range of other activities.

Susan Wadsworth, Youth leader at Fenwick Parish Church said “We are thrilled and so excited to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund as this will make such a difference to our plans to commemorate such an important anniversary in Fenwick.”

Ross McGregor, East Ayrshire Leisure’s Cultural Development Officer (Heritage) “This is an exciting heritage project for young people, and we’re delighted to be involved. We’re very keen for our heritage collections and resources to be used by as many people as possible. This project is a wonderful example of how to get young people actively involved in exploring and recording local heritage.”

Colin McLean, Head of HLF Scotland, said ‘We are thrilled that these young people have taken such an interest in their heritage. The First World War changed the face of modern history touching the lives of everyone in this country and beyond.  HLF has committed to funding a variety of projects, from organisations large and small that will create a deeper understanding of the heritage of the conflict. Some of these will capture the memories of individual soldiers, regiments or families, delve into the stories behind names local war memorials, whilst others like this project in Fenwick will enable local young people to investigate the impact the conflict had on their whole town.  We have already supported over £35m of projects from across the United Kingdom and will continue to support as many applications as we can afford that want to commemorate the centenary.”

If this sounds like something you’d like to get involved with, you have family or friends who might be interested, you have a connection with WW1 in Fenwick or you have some ideas on how Fenwick should commemorate the centenary of the First World War please let us know.

For more information please call Susan Wadsworth on 01560 485439 or Janette McCallion 01560 600540.