THE celebration started as a big idea – and now a grant of £44,400 will make the extravaganza a reality.
Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded the cash to the Waterlooville 200 event, which will mark the town’s 200th anniversary.
The heritage project is titled Waterloo to Waterlooville 200 because the town is named after soldiers who stopped there after the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.
Saturday, June 20 this year will be a day of celebration with a host of events celebrating Waterlooville and commemorating Waterloo, including costumed volunteer soldiers recreating the return from Waterloo and an open air theatre production based on the history of Waterlooville.
During the two weeks leading up to this, there will be a series of talks and events at Waterlooville Library and The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, in Havant.
On Sunday, June 21 local churches will come together for In Praise of Waterlooville, a ‘songs of praise’ style event, open to all.
A project manager will be employed to oversee the activities.
Children and adults will be invited to produce a lasting legacy in the form of a timeline pop-up banner exhibition for display in public and community spaces.
A town trail will be produced, documenting the development of shops and business and guiding more people into areas of the town.
There will be commemorative mugs for schoolchildren and the opportunity to design a town flag.
David Crichton, chairman of Waterlooville Community Forum, which is leading the project with The Spring, said: ‘We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and are confident the project will enable the wider community of Waterlooville to learn about their heritage and record it to pass on to future generations.’
A launch event will be held at Waterlooville library next Thursday from 3.30pm.