Haddenham.net

WW1 Commemoration Play

Home » News » WW1 Commemoration Play
WW1 Play 35
WW1 Play 06
WW1 Play 32
WW1 Play 20
WW1 Play 39

Friday and Saturday evening last week saw the presentation of a play written by Margaret Watkins, telling the story of Haddenham Village School during the period of the First World War. It drew capacity crowds on both evenings, and made for an entertaining yet poignant and emotional experience.

The action was based on research Margaret has done on the original log books of St Mary's Church of England School. All the characters in the play were Haddenham teachers, pupils or villagers whose lives were recorded in daily log entries by the Headmaster, Mr Moss during the four years of the war and we found out what happened to them subsequently.

The cast and contributors drew on a wide range of local residents, aged from 5 to 95 years of age!

Alan Rose, from the Haddenham Museum Trust, had this to say about the presentations:

"Margaret Watkins is to be congratulated on staging such a wonderful village event. It was a lovely atmosphere in the church and everyone was moved by the whole experience.

There was a great local cast and they all performed exceptionally well, from the youngest to the most mature. And the music and the choir set the mood for the scenes so well.

It was clever to make use of the whole of the church, with scenes enacted in the centre and in the aisles. It worked so successfully and increased the feeling of involvement.

One has to be full of admiration for the multiple talents that Margaret deployed to make everything happen, from the original novel idea right through to harnessing the skill of the actors and all the many helpers.

Many people and organisations helped to bring about the success of the project but it took exceptional drive to manage so many aspects and to keep everyone together.

Our warmest congratulations and thanks go to Margaret and all her team."

Many more photographs from the Saturday presentation can be viewed in the GALLERIES section of this website.

popular recent storiesAlso in the news

Quiz Night
Haddenham Webteam: Tue 25 Sep 5:45pm

Haddenham & District Age Concern is hosting another of its very popular Quiz Nights this Friday evening, 28th September in the village hall starting at 7.30pm. Tickets cost just £5 per head — please bring your own food and drink. The evening will include a 20-minute break so that guests can eat together. As usual there will be a super raffle and the Quiz winners will each get a...

Green Lane Opening Ceremony 01
Haddenham Webteam: Mon 24 Sep 10:00am

The newly widened and surfaced Green Lane bridleway was officially opened on Sunday afternoon, 23rd September. Thankfully the heavy rain that had drenched Haddenham for the preceding 24 hours had abated and the event was bathed in glorious Autumn sunshine. Given that rainfall, it was all the more impressive that the bridleway was perfectly navigable on foot, bicycle, skateboard or even...

Community Fair 29
Haddenham Webteam: Sun 23 Sep 10:15am

Haddenham Village Society hosted its second Community Fair on Saturday 22nd September, and a very wet afternoon did not deter several hundred visitors from pouring into the village hall to see the stands of over 50 local organisations, clubs, trusts and societies on display.Organisation of this logistically complex event represented several months of dedicated planning and detailed...