Windy Nook: a school and community at War 1914-1918
At Windy Nook Primary we have always valued the history of our locality, so we are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund First World War; then and now grant to help us investigate Windy Nook: A School and Community at War 1914-18.
In 1914 the village was a still a distinct Edwardian community, ‘occupying’, according to Whellan’s 1894 Directory, ‘an elevated and exposed position’ within Felling Parish. The largest employers were local mines and quarries. Our school opened in 1883 and played a prominent part in local life. During the summer term 2018 our Year 6 children, led by Mr Hawdon, will explore the impact of that terrible conflict on local people.
We’ll be looking at the old school log books and using military service records, CWGC resources, newspapers, maps and census materials.
We have field trips planned to Heugh Battery, Hartlepool, Newcastle University and St Alban’s Church.
Artist Kate Hancock, ICT expert Martin Bailey and WW1 re-enactor Sgt Chapman will be visiting school to help our Y6 children.
The school log books are held by Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums and show the close connection of the school to the conflict with teachers joining up, war savings drives and Empire Day celebrations. Notable events are recorded too, such as the death of Lord...
Can you help our project? We’d love to hear your family stories about World War 1. Maybe you have some photos you would share with us? Or some artifacts – medals, soldiers’ kit to show us. Please get in touch using the form below and we’ll get back to you.
Windy Nook Primary School
Windy Nook NE10 9BD
0191 469 4954