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Staveley Stories

Community Growth CIC are delighted to announce the successful funding for Staveley Stories by The Heritage Lottery Fund.


Staveley Stories is one of The Chesterfield WW1 Board’s programme of events. These events are being held in commemoration of the centenary of the signing of The Peace Treaty, at Versailles. The official ending of The Great War.


This is a community project and we want as many individuals, schools, community groups and organisations to get involved, that wish to.


The theme of the project is WW1 and it's impact upon Staveley and surrounding communities.


There will be a particular focus on;


•The Peace Treaty of Versailles

•The dramatic change in attitudes and society at the beginning, compared to the end of the war.

•We are particularly interested in stories that show how the war changed women’s roles forever.

•We are also interested in researching health and wellbeing; before, during and after WW1

•We intend to go where the research takes us and are interested in stories, information and memorabilia that explore the many aspects of WW1


If you have memorabilia or stories especially of local women during World War 1 please get in touch and be a part of our research. Email us at:


What we have done so far...


The Staveley Feast 2019


The project launced with a community event celebrating 100 years since the signing of the Peace Treaty of Versaille and the end of World War 1. The event aimed to recreate the spirit of the once loved, annual event -The Staveley Feast.


Initial research carried told us that this event was once the highlight of the year for the community of Staveley. With fairground rides turning up and everyone coming out for a day of fun fuelled community spirit. It would be the date where you would meet up with friends and family that you hadn’t seen since last year – in a time before Facebook and smart phones!


This was a free event that had rides, performances, exhibitions and carnival games, created by local schools and community groups.


On the day of the event the sun was shining and we had an estimated 500 visitors. On the day of the event we had 51 community volunteers who all helped to make a magical day.


For more information about the day please click here. Further information can be found through the Derbyshire Times coverage of the project and event. These can be found here and here.


The reponse to the event was fantastic with many community members wishing to build on this and host an even bigger event next year! If you would like to get involved at any level, from commitee member and organiser through to volunteering on the day please get in touch.

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