FRAMPTON Remembers World War I has received £24,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project.

Volunteers from Frampton on Severn will research how the conflict affected their local community and learn more about the men and women from the village who served their country.

Cadbury Bros Ltd opened a factory in Frampton in 1916 which helped to produce morale-boosting chocolate for the soldiers in the trenches and German prisoners of war extracted gravel which was used to construct the dockyard at Chepstow.

Extensive school records will help to paint a picture of life for the youngsters who 'dug for victory' in the school allotments, and of course, the farming community was at the very heart of war-time food production.

Local businesses are also assisting the project with additional funding and support and there will be special exhibitions and displays at Frampton Country Fair in both 2015 and 2016.

Information gathered by volunteers will be made available on a website which will be launched later this year.

About 120 soldiers and nurses will be featured and many of their families still live in the village today.

Commenting on the award, Rollo Clifford, chairman of the project's management committee said: “We are very excited to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. As a former soldier, I am particularly delighted that we shall be able to bring alive the stories of our local men and women who gave up so much during WWI. My own grandfather was among those killed in action, and it is important that the heritage of such sacrifice is not forgotten, and that it is understood by today's young people.”

Anyone wishing to become involved with the project should contact Mel Sherratt, Project Officer, via the village's website,