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On Friday 14th and Saturday 15th November 2014 a play, written and produced by Haddenham resident Margaret Watkins, will be presented at St Mary's Parish Church entitled 'The Great War 1914-18 — Haddenham Village School'.

It is a community play which includes a cast of villagers, school children, local singers and musicians.

The action is based on research Margaret has done on the original log books of St Mary's Church of England School featuring the years of World War I. 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 find out what happened to them subsequently.

Punctuated by songs and poems of the time, the production will record a mix of hope and despair and, in some cases, sorrow.

Any profits from the production will go to the Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes. Haddenham Museum is supporting the production and will benefit from any profits made on a DVD which we anticipate will be made of the two performances.

It is not too late to join in. Margaret still has places for children in the cast. If your child (aged 6 — 14) would like to take the part of a pupil who attended the school in 1914-18, please contact Margaret Watkins on 01844 291275.

Rehearsals start on Sunday 31st August at the Church at 5.30 p.m. and subsequently on Tuesdays at Youth and Community Centre, starting at 6.30 p.m..

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