Since the project launch in July we are delighted to announce that our application to the National Lottery Awards for All has been successful and Cumnock History Group has been awarded £2,770 to run the project.

Painted Stones

We have been researching the stories of the 876 men and women from Cumnock who served in WW1 for the last four years.

About 192 of those who went to war never returned.

To commemorate them all we have invited schools and community groups to paint an individual stone for each person with their name and a red poppy - these will be laid out at the War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday.

This will give an idea of the scale of the loss and of those who served. Afterwards it is hoped to display them elsewhere in the town centre.

We have had a fantastic response from Barshare, Greenmill, Netherthird and St Patrick’s primary schools and History Group members have been out to talk to the pupils about the WW1 and what Cumnock was like 100 years ago.

The project has grown since the original idea as we feel all those who served and survived often with life changing injuries or ongoing medical problems, such as recurring bouts of malaria, deserve a stone as well.

The names also include nurses from the Scottish Women’s Hospitals and members of the Voluntary Aid Detachment and Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps.

Poppy Making

We need your help! We are asking for volunteers to knit, crochet or make felt, material and paper poppies to decorate the Town Hall for the Welcome Home Tea Dance on November 10. Patterns are available from our Facebook page or via the link at www.cumnockhistorygroup.org

E-mail info@cumnockhistorygroup.org for further details or drop your poppies off to 4 Gemmell Avenue, Cumnock, KA19 1EY before Thursday, November 1, when they will be sewn into a Poppy Curtain.

Get involved

Email: info@cumnockhistorygroup.org

Web: www.cumnockhistorygroup.org

Phone: 0798 474 0663.

Contact us on our dedicated Facebook page.

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