Big response to Great War projects fund in West Norfolk

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Council leaders say they have been “overwhelmed” by the interest in a fund designed to help communities commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War.

Last month, West Norfolk Council announced plans for a £42,000 fund to support projects across the borough which, later this year, will mark 100 years since the start of the conflict.

And, in response to questions on the subject at last Thursday’s full council meeting, Elizabeth Nockolds, cabinet member for health and wellbeing said she was delighted by the response.

She told members: “There has been great interest in the grant we put forward.

“I’ve been overwhelmed by emails from parishes and individuals and I’m looking forward to going through the applications.”

Schemes including educational projects, the restoration of war memorials and community events are among the ideas that could be considered for support.

Mrs Nockolds said she would leave it to individual groups to come up with their own ideas, but indicated that she would not support applications for cash towards trips to the Somme or other battlefield sites.

The fund, which is being administered by the Norfolk Community Foundation, is open to any non-profit organisation to apply for support.

The closing date for applications is February 21. For more information, phone the foundation’s grants manager, Jenny Bevan, on 01603 623958 or send an email to