Coalville Market, sounds, lights and the Famous 50! Local people and businesses have come together to help us create this immersive experience. (In less than 10 days with very little budget!)
Starting with the mining heritage of (most) of the Famous 50, progressing into the trenches of WW1, with a chance to pop into the Thinking Booth to hear some of the poetry that has been written, leading into the main exhibition area you will have a chance to explore the Famous 50 in a unique way.
All you need to do to turn this idea into a reality is turn up..
We are looking for people that can help steward on the evening..
Please share and spread the word. There is only only chance as the exhibition closes on the Saturday after.
Watch this space for future plans..
See what the BBC said about our exhibition… they also sent a film crew who did a live broadcast at lunchtime followed by a longer broadcast in the early evening East Midlands Today programme.
Coalville’s wooden WW1 soldiers depict ‘Famous Fifty’
The wooden soldiers were painted and decorated by members of the public
Life-size wooden soldiers representing 50 men who fought in World War One have been decorated and put on display with a trench in their home town.
The “Famous Fifty” were specially selected volunteers from the Coalville area of Leicestershire who went to fight on the Western Front in 1914.
Due to their mining background many of the men became tunnellers, but only 22 ever returned home.
Organiser Julia Burkin said the project has brought the soldiers back to life.
Hundreds of people in Coalville decorated the wooden cut-outs after they were sent to schools, colleges and other organisations, for the exhibition at the Market Hall.
People were also encouraged to find out about the lives of the men and speak to living relatives.
Ms Burkin said: “[The project] has been more than just about decorating cut-outs, we’ve been living, breathing and sleeping the men’s stories.
“It brings it home what war feels like.”
Organises said the project has brought the soldiers back to life
The idea of honouring the men came from a book titled Fifty Good Men and True by Michael Kendrick.
He told the BBC that following the deaths of so many soldiers in August 1914, “tough, hardy” volunteers were needed and Coalville was selected as the place to find them.
They marched off from St John the Baptist Church, in Hugglescote, to the train station in Coalville, with thousands of people cheering them, Mr Kendrick said.
“In the main they were kept together for several months, but obviously every now and again one of them would get shot or shelled.”
Only 22 of them returned home after many had been used as tunnellers – some were entombed at Vimy Ridge during the Battle of Arras, in 1917.
The Famous Fifty exhibition will be in Coalville Market Hall until 2 December.
It was a real pleasure to meet the pupils of King Edward VII College in Coalville on 1 March 2017. Deana and Julia, took part in the ‘mock interview’ day, they saw just how much talent and passion there is in young people, some with clear cut career paths already in place, others taking their time to see what develops!
It was memorable to see “the smiles on the faces of those students who particularly lack confidence and have overcome this as a result of their interviews. Volunteering your time at events such as this makes a colossal difference to the lives of young people. You have widened their horizons, raised their aspirations, improved their confidence and made them smile. Your hard work has literally changed the lives of the young people you interacted with; neither we nor they can possibly thank you enough!”
Alice Wealleans, Senior Leader for Employability
Deana and Julia are in the great position to offer young people the chance to get meaningful community based volunteering opportunities in Coalville. Why not get in touch and see how you can be part of our team of Coalville Heroes!
Hope you can make it to the market in Coalville on Friday or Saturday (Feb 17th / 18th) to visit the first contemporary art exhibition it has ever hosted!
Newbridge pupils have been working very hard to create an interpretation of the life and times of one of Coalvilles great heroes GEORGE SMITH!. Come along to find out more. All welcome. We would love your feedback and nominations for other Coalville heroes! There ‘s a chance for you to add to the exhibition too! Bring your kids, bring your grannies, bring yourselves. See you there!
It’s open between 10 and 4pm
Our first 6 months have been amazing!!!
This is just a thank you to everyone who believed in us in the beginning, who are sharing the journey with us; who we have already met and will meet in 2017. Starting a new business takes a lot of passion, courage and conviction, so a special thanks to our families and friends too! We most certainly couldn’t have done on our own!!
Deana & Julia
Directors of The Hero Project CIC
Ok. Starting on December 1st your chance to make a song for Coalville but also to win £50 to spend!
Day 1 will be followed by 11 more. Watch as they reveal the full song! A true Coalville community version will be made and released on Christmas eve!
Get involved . Thanks to James Reader of Front Row Films for the film, the market traders for the words and Coalville Male Voice Choir for the recording !
Any other suggestions for mad ideas please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday November 29th marks a significant day in the history of the future of Coalville. Tears were brought to the eyes of an audience of friends and family that watched the children of Belvoirdale Primary taking to their local stage to perform Hamlet with an accompanying sound track of ‘Madness’
This really was one step beyond ! We were honoured to host such a spectacle and welcome more groups and schools to do the same.
A very proud Headteacher Mr Dax personally thanked every child and provided them with a memento, and said they could all keep the cool costumes!
Local Film Maker, James Reader from Front Row Films said “‘With it’s themes of courtly intrigue, madness, corruption and revenge, Hamlet is one of the best loved yet most challenging of Shakespeare’s plays. I was amazed and spellbound by a cast of pupils from Belvoir Primary School last night who delivered a shortened version at the Century Theatre under the direction of new Head Teacher, Richard Dax. For pupils of this age to not only understand the play but to be actively engaged and excited by it was nothing short of inspirational. Hopefully this will mark the start of a series of Shakespeare performances by pupils from Belvoir Primary School. Which play is next? Watch this space! Full film coming soon on Coalville Heroes Facebook page”
Check out Coalville Heroes Tv for some of our other films too…