The Chilwell shell-filling factory provided more than half the British shells fired on the Western Front during WW1, but on July 1st 1918 disaster struck when a huge explosion ripped through the works. More than 130 were killed. The remains of many of the victims are buried in mass graves at St Mary's Church. 100 years on, we will commemorate the tragedy with a series of events – walks, talks, concert, play, family tea party and service of remembrance. We are also refurbishing the grave – creating two raised beds and a new memorial cross to replace an original wooden cross that was removed in the 70s after it was vandalised. The new cross will be made of corten steel – the material used for the Angel of the North statue. It will have a stainless steel sword on the front. We need £20,000 for the cost of the refurbishment and commemorative events and have so far raised over £10,000 in grants. We are inviting people to contribute and to dedicate a brick on the site of this historic memorial to a loved one or someone who died in the First World War. After you have made your donation you will be invited to share details you would like putting in a book of remembrance. Thank you.
St Mary's Church is the parish church of Attenborough. All money donated will go towards the commemoration of the Chilwell shell-filling factory disaster and the refurbishment of the mass graves where many of the victims are buried. Any surplus will be ring fenced in a fund for the future upkeep of this historically important grave site. Please donate to support this important act of remembrance.
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