Lotterygrant for Wimbotsham, Wiggenhall St Germans and Wiggenhall St Mary Magdalen schools

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Names on a war memorial will come to life for a group of a primary school pupils thanks to a £10,000 Lottery grant.

St Germans, Magdalen and Wimbotsham Primary Schools are planning a major project in the autumn after receiving a Lottery grant.

Alison Hughes, head of the cluster of schools, says the 100 project will help youngsters learn more about the First World War.

Youngsters will be researching the lives of servicemen from the war memorial and then compile an archive, which will then be featured on each of the school’s websites.

Mrs Hughes said: “This project will give the children a real life context for their learning.”

Although children from all year groups will be involved, Years 10 and 11 will be mainly focused on the project.

Youngsters will be noting down the names from the war memorials in all three villages.

The Lottery grant will allow the school to subscribe to genealogy websites to help the pupils to research the servicemen’s lives.

Mrs Hughes said: “The idea is to get pictures of people on the war memorial and we are also hoping that there are going to be family links within the villages.

“What would be interesting is if older people with information about the war’s effect on the villages would like to be part of the project.”

The school is also looking to do some community events or exhibitions around Remembrance Day in November.

The school applied for the grant in February and heard back from the Lottery recently.

South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss has praised the school. She said “I am delighted that the schools have secured this funding from the Heritage Lottery for their innovative project.

“ In 2014 it is incredibly important to remember the lives lost in the First World War but also to pay our respects to all our service personnel who have died in the many conflicts around the world over the past decades.”