Chatteris youth project scoops Lottery win

Chatteris town sign ANL-150322-161320009
Chatteris town sign ANL-150322-161320009

An exciting project to help Chatteris youngsters learn more about the lives of teenage evacuees in the Second World War has won Lottery funding.

Chatteris Young Creatives have received a £40,900 Heritage Lottery Fund grant for the Home From Home Fenland Second World War 70th anniversary project, which will take place over the summer.

The project allows youngsters, aged between 11 and 19, to research the lives and experiences of evacuees.

Youngsters will interview former evacuees before producing a film, which will be screened in the autumn.

The project is supported by 20Twenty Productions, Chatteris Museum and Chatteris Community Archive Network.

Katherine Nightingale, of 20Twenty Productions, was thrilled with the grant.

She said: “This project will support young people in the area to be active citizens and gain a greater understanding of local history and the courage needed during the war years.”

Robyn Llewellyn, head of Heritage Lottery Fund East of England, said: “Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players we are pleased to support this timely and creative project.

“This has been awarded through our Young Roots programme.

“It will enable the future custodians of our heritage to gain an insight into a part of history which has had a lasting legacy for our communities.”

To learn more about the project contact Katherine on 01354 652769.