Wartime stories will be told thanks to grant

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THE story of Emsworth during the Second World War will be brought to life thanks to a £6,000 lottery grant.

Chichester Harbour Conservancy has been awarded £6,600 to work with Havant College on the project.

The conservancy is one of the first groups in the country to get the All Our Stories grants from Heritage Lottery.

The scheme launched earlier this year alongside BBC Two’s The Great British Story, aiming to get the whole community involved in researching their heritage.

The conservancy got involved following the discovery of a diary by a local teenager, Strahan Soames.

It records vividly the summer of 1940 around Chichester Harbour.

Using their research and the diary extract, students will work with a film production company to make a short film.

The project will give them a full experience of producing and directing a video.

The video will then be used by the conservancy’s education service during field trips for local primary schools visiting Chichester Harbour.

Ali Beckett, information officer for Chichester Harbour, said: ‘We have a vibrant education department but this is really something quite new and exciting, it will be a young person from the past talking to today’s young people about life in wartime.

‘We will show the film to local schools and also at events with older people in the hope of jogging other peoples’ memories.’

The film will be called ‘The Soames Story’.