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05 November 2018After the Guns fell silent - Attleborough after 1918.
17 October 2018A new Heritage Centre?
01 October 2018Can you help tell our story for Attleborough after 1918?
01 September 2018AHG booklets sales exceed 900
31 August 2018A Story of Rags to Riches of Norfolk Folk
01 August 2018Autumn Event - After the Guns fell silent
01 May 2018On the right side of the Tracks! Spring Presentation 24th March 2018
28 April 2018General Data Protection regulations - 2018
13 November 2017Attleborough Neighbourhood plan referendum go to our events page for the Heritage Group's input to this important vote.
07 November 2017A Lovely Day for a Wedding... Frocks, memories and a long history
18 July 2017“Marriage á l’Attleborough”
29 May 2017Just the Job for Past Generations in Attleborough
14 February 2017AGM sets the programme for the next decade
07 November 2016Membership Subscriptions are now being collected for 2017
15 September 2016Our tenth Birthday Party - 8th October 2016
01 September 2016Major Richard Wilson MBE
22 August 2016I'll put a girdle round about the earth ... Heritage Group continues to link people from all around the world with their ancestors in Attleborough.
30 May 2016AHG celebrates 10 years.
22 February 2016The Yanks in town - New booklet to be published for April.
21 February 2016Latest Street History goes into production
01 February 20162016 Annual General Meeting
04 January 2016Annual General Meeting - 28th January 2016
11 December 2015Volume 7 is now available in the series "A look at the History of the Attleborough's Streets "
11 December 2015Subscriptions for 2016 become due on 1st January
26 November 2015Heritage Group thanks its supporters for another year of development.
24 October 2015In Case of Emergency
01 October 2015Planning Ahead: Help us with the programme for 2016 and 2017
12 July 2015Heritage Group needs your help
01 July 2015Heritage Group helps with a wide variety of research.
24 April 2015Heritage Group assists Council with new Railings project
17 April 2015Talk tracing the history of our town is well received.
08 April 2015New Publications announced
21 March 2015Thank you for another successful Coffee Morning at St.Mary's.
20 December 2014Autumn Presentation - Attleborough in Uniform
19 December 2014Illustrated presentations at Connaught Hall for Spring and Autumn 2015
18 December 2014Coffee Mornings for 2015
17 December 2014Saturday Openings in 2015
29 October 2014AHG hands over the digital version of the Burial Books
28 October 2014We still need your ideas and your help to secure the Signal Box and make our Station a proud feature for the town.
28 October 2014100 years on
25 August 2014If you have an interest in Norfolk Railways - We need your help!
24 August 2014Attention Family History researchers travelling to Attleborough.
20 August 2014A Look at the History of Attleborough Streets 5 booklets now available at only £2.00 each
18 August 2014Exclusive tour behind the scenes at Gressenhall Museum
30 July 2014Burial Records for St. Mary's and the town cemetery are now available in searchable digital format.
20 July 2014Attleborough Academy Commemoration Poppy to be dedicated on Sunday, 3rd August.
20 July 2014AHG assists Chapel Road School with its commemorations of the First World War.
26 June 2014AHG assists pupils at Attleborough Academy during "Enterprise Challenge" week
16 June 2014Come along to the St, Mary's Church Fete on Saturday - 19th July and visit the AHG stall.
14 June 2014Heritage Group supports Attleborough Town Carnival on 13th July 2014
09 June 2014The Latest "A Look at the History of Attleborough's Streets is published - Exchange Street & Connaught PLain.
14 April 2014Heritage Group perseveres in its plan to conserve the Signal Box.
01 April 2014Have you visited our Members' pages?
22 March 2014A Flood of Memories as AHG remembers 60 years of life in Attleborough
16 March 2014Thank you for support at the first coffee morning of 2014
07 February 2014AHG shares its dreams ...and hits the headlines
31 January 2014AGM summarises successful year
27 January 2014Old Views give New Look to Connaught Hall
22 January 2014Book One of the Town's Burial Records nears completion
08 January 2014Programme of Events planned for 2014 Check with Website or Newsletters for further details as they are announced.
18 December 2013Histories of Attleborough Streets continue to sell out
07 October 2013Further re-prints of "Histories of Attleborough Streets"
04 September 2013Jennifer Meakin's life - THREADS
30 August 2013Heritage Group at the Attleborough Festival - Group steps back to 1943 to advertise OVER PAID, OVER SEXED & OVER ATTLEBOROUGH.
08 July 2013Next edition of our series of Attleborough Street History Guides is Published
19 June 2013Graves Project - Current update:
10 February 2013Members' Area to be Launched
31 January 201350 years of the Norfolk Record Office.
31 January 2013Update on Attleborough Cemetery Burials Records project. [see previous item dated 01 January 2013]
01 January 2013Talks and Presentations for other groups & societies
01 December 2012Next Steps in the Graves Project
10 November 2012Thank you
26 October 201280 years in Attleborough
26 October 2012Another great success for the Group
25 October 2012Visit our Heritage Room
24 January 2012Membership Numbers Set Record - Again
17 January 2012The Cyder Museum in the Cellar
12 November 2011The Coffee Morning
01 November 2011More Successes for Attleborough Heritage Group
12 October 2011Preserve the special Attleborough Station site
26 March 2011Retail Therapy Event is a Sell-Out

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After the Guns fell silent - Attleborough after 1918.
Monday 05 November 2018


As part of the events marking the centenary of the Great War armistice, our autumn presentation centred on the Town of Attleborough.  Approximately 100 members and guests watched part of the official film of the Battle of the Somme in 1916, followed by an illustrated presentation entitled “After the Guns Fell Silent”, looking at social and personal changes within the local area in 1918 and 1919.  This was a solemn topic for a presentation but, 100 years on, the Nation has turned its thoughts to the cessation of hostilities in 1918.


As well as concentrating on Attleborough and its environs, the background to the terms of the armistice was explored, especially the impact of the war on Europe with the collapse of  4 “historic” empires and the formation, through the Treaty of Versailles, of 17 “new” countries.  The shocking statistics relating to the numbers of all the war dead, from whatever country, were also considered.


Interwoven through the story were the lives of local soldiers who survived the conflict and returned to try to take up their lives in Norfolk, despite the horrors they had witnessed and injuries sustained.  The Heritage Group is delighted to have received a good deal of information and artefacts from grandchildren, great grandchildren and other family members about their relatives who fought in the conflict and which brought our story to life.  Family history research undertaken by member Heather Etteridge was fascinating and by Brenda Gostling, local author, relating to her grandfather was a most engaging story.  We were also able to delve into the Heritage Group’s comprehensive archive for many more compelling histories and also to look at some of the information researched for the Spring presentation relating to Railway employees which was highly relevant.


Highlights within the presentation included the use of horses in the conflict, the many changes in the role of women in the war and, from 1918, rationing and surviving the inevitable hardships and the story behind the building of the war memorial in the town.  We were also privileged to have three “There But Not There” silhouettes of soldiers from the Great War sitting silently in the audience adding their own frisson to the evening.  The silhouettes were sponsored by Anne Tinker, Pauline Simper and Pat O’Mahony.  Pat is a poet of some repute and from whom we commissioned the following poem for the presentation.


Attleborough Remembers


In the centre of town stands a cross

In memory of all those who died;

Men that Norfolk will always remember

With gratitude, sorrow and pride.


They marched off and we lost them forever;

Their hopes and their dreams unfulfilled

Youthful and carefree they followed the drum

To distant lands where they were killed.


The majority listed as missing,

Or drowned and consumed by the waves;

Some in Gallipoli, Flanders and France,

Where most of them have no known graves.


Sorrowing mothers lost two or three sons;

The lucky ones welcomed theirs home.

Two brothers killed within twenty one days,

In Norfolk’s fields never to roam.


In this land where they all spent their childhood

Their names are inscribed on our cross;

Those boys far away, we remember today

A century after their loss.


Pat O’Mahony:  October 2018