History may be in the making

A MAN running an educational charity that specialises in the First World War is hoping he has secured a home to relaunch an ambitious project in Brookwood.

To mark the First World War centenary, Edward Jones, who founded The Trench Experience in 2005, said:  “At long last we think we have found a permanent home for our charity.”

laying a wreath – Trench Experience founder Edward Jones pays his respect to Woking’s fallen

laying a wreath – Trench Experience founder Edward Jones pays his respect to Woking’s fallen

His objective is to further the education of the public regarding the sacrifice made by soldiers and all those who served in the Great War.

Edward intends to run activities parallel to those of 100 years ago. He explained: “The developments will run in real time to the events of the First World War, leading up to a Victory Celebration in 2018.”

Such use of the 10 acres of land beside Brookwood Military Cemetery has not yet been agreed, but Woking Borough Council have offered Edward a five-year lease at a peppercorn rent if he agrees to bring the site back to a condition suitable for residential use.

If the project goes ahead, Woking-based film maker, Henry Coleman will document the development. He said: “The idea of a hands-on, open air living history museum is quite remarkable and, if all goes well, I am looking forward to following their progress.”

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