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WW1 project about to begin in 'Bann Maine West' area

Thursday, 22 February 2018

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A MAJOR project which aims to compile information about men from rural areas of Ballymena district who served in the 1914-1918 is about to begin.
Bann Maine West (BMW) - the community 'umbrella' group -  are copncentrating on those from the BMW areas of Portglenone, Grange, Hillstown, Cloney, Ahoghill, Cullybackey, Galgorm/Gracehill and Tullgarley. 
The first part of the project is a talk from the well-known historian Philip Orr (pictured) on Thursday  February 22, (7pm) at The Wild Duck, Portglenone. This project is funded by Mid & East Antrim Borough Council and this talk is the first of four elements over the next couple of months which includes speakers, an exhibition and a visit to the Somme Museum.  BMW hope to develop the project to the stage of producing a publication.
At The Wild Duck, talk, historian Philip Orr will discuss the impact of the First World War specific to local areas. 
Joanne Brown Kerr, Development Officer with Bann Maine West commented: "This will be a very interesting discussion and would urge anyone who has any interest to come along as there is no doubt there will be lots of information and opportunity to share and learn from each other.
“We are absolutely delighted that we are embarking on this project which I have no doubt will be a fascinating start to hearing about and starting to gather information of those involved in the First World War from our local areas.   We are aware that some research has already been gathered and very interesting stories have already started to circulate and longer term the intention is to gather all this information into a publication specific to our BMW area. 
“Even if you don't have an interest in history, I hope that coming along to this first event will spark an interest to find out more! There is no cost to come along and if you wish to find out more information or book a place email admin@bannmainewest.co.uk or phone 02825882281.
Bann  Maine West (BMW) membership is made up of representatives from community groups in Cloney, Hillstown, Grange, Cullybackey, Portglenone and Tullygarley and very much believe in the ethos of partnership  and working together.  BMW is involved in many different initiatives including a very successful Lunch & Learn programme, community relations projects, health and training projects.

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