Pupils from St. Mary's R.C.School used research to find out about Stainton Camp and BarnardCastle during the war.Some of this research was used in
their design of the panel ‘Life on the Home Front’ which can be seen on the tank tracks.It is one of five panels along a new Military Heritage Trail around the site of the former Stainton Camp.
The pupils' panel 'Life on the Home Front' is sited along this tank track.
The pupils made presentations
as part of this joint project and these were shown at a street party for the members of the Stainton Grove Luncheon Club (part
of Teesdale Day Clubs).
to hold Second World War street party
Monday 11th February 2008
FIFTY youngsters are getting ready to
celebrate the end of the Second World War by holding a street party at their school with songs, food and clothes from the
Their mothers have been given old recipes
to prepare cakes, scones and sandwiches for the party on Friday at St Mary's Primary School, in BarnardCastle.
The pupils have been gathering facts
about the war to fit in with a history project being carried out at nearby Stainton army camp, which was a battle training
base during the hostilities.
Headteacher Liz Heffernan said: "They
have all enjoyed learning about the war, so we felt it only right to round off our work with an old-fashioned street party.
"A lot of mothers will be using old recipes
to prepare authentic party food from that era, so it should be a really exciting event.
We are all looking forward to it."
The children have collected details about
local people who served in the forces, women who were in the Land Army, military bases in the area and evacuees who arrived
from industrial towns.
They are making flags and banners for
the party, studying battlefield poetry and learning wartime songs.
Teacher Paul Tucker, who is leading the
project, said: "Some of the children have relatives who served in the war, so they were keen to find out what conditions were
like in those days."
Anyone who has photographs, ration books
or other relics from the war years is being invited to lend them to the school so they can be put on show on the party day.
Former service people and evacuees will also be welcome.
A SCHOOL in BarnardCastle will take a step back in time on Friday, when it hosts an authentic street party.
at St Mary's RC School are hoping to use the event to gather information and memories about the Second World War for a school
of nearby Stainton Grove and neighbours of the school have been invited to the party to help make the event as real as possible.
information gathered will go towards the Heritage Lottery funded Memories of Stainton Grove project, led by Stainton Grove
year-long project, due to be completed in September, aims to interpret the history of Stainton Grove Military Camp by installing
permanent information panels around the village.
research St Mary's School has carried out will go towards producing one of the panels entitled, Life on the Home Front.
Headteacher Liz Heffernan said: "The children are very enthusiastic about this topic. They have been involving family
and friends and have brought in many artefacts. They have made identity cards, ration books, propaganda posters and models
of army camps and Anderson shelters.
will all be on show on the day of the street party."
The Memories of Stainton Grove Military Camp Project is being led by Stainton Grove Community Association and coordinated
by Groundwork West Durham and Darlington. It is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund through the 'Your Heritage' grant programme.