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July 2006 :

Our group was formed in 2005 with the aim of researching the stories behind the names on the town's war memorial.

By early 2006 it was clear that, in order to do justice to the subject, what was needed was a formally planned and managed project, very soon after the "Raunds War Memorials Research Project" was born.

Over the next 30 months, our objective was to raise the awareness and encourage the involvement of as many members of the local community as possible (individuals, organisations, schools etc) in the project.

Several public "open mornings" were held in the town to keep the community up to date on our prgoress.

By 31 December 2008, the offical end date of the Heritage Lottery funded project, we had created the on-line war memorial you are now visiting, and have also produced several publications detailing our findings.

The project was funded by the Local Heritage Initiative which is a national scheme that helps local groups to investigate, explain and care for their local landscapes, landmarks, traditions and culture. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) provides the grant but the scheme is a partnership, administered by the Countryside Agency with additional funding from Nationwide Building Society.

Although the original 30 month project has now been completed, our research carries on and the results will continue to be made public via this website and through various publications planned for the future.