This year, Imperial War Museums (IWM) and members of the First World War Centenary Partnership are working together to show the UNESCO listed film The Battle of the Somme, to audiences across the world.
This British documentary film was taken in 1916 during the early days of the Battle of the Somme by two official cinematographers, Geoffrey Malins and John McDowell. The film has been digitally restored and enhanced and provides a powerful insight into the conditions endured by British troops during this time.
The original film was released generally in August 1916 and watched by about 20 million people in Britain in the first six weeks of exhibition and distributed in eighteen other countries.
Our special Battle of the Somme film screening and talk takes place on Friday 11 November 2016 at 19:45 at the Cobham Village Hall, Lushington Drive, Cobham, Surrey. Tickets are £5 and available from the Cobham Bookshop, Anyards Road, Cobham.
Mary Lewis presenting the SCC Chairman's Award for Voluntary Service to Adrian WitherleyLocal hero Adrian Witherley spends his Sunday mornings keeping the Tilt Conservation Area clear of rubbish. Having been born and educated in Cobham, he is proud of his community and wants to keep it in pristine condition. Adrian's efforts did not go unnoticed by David Tipping of Cobham Conservation & Heritage Trust, who lives on the Tilt.
When Surrey County Council Chairman, Mrs Sally Marks, recently recognised some of Surrey's unsung heroes, Adrian was surprised to find his name on the list. The Chairman's Award for Voluntary Service, comprising a medal and certificate, was presented to Adrian by Cobham's County Councillor Mary Lewis on behalf of the Council Chairman.
Speaking about her Surrey County Council Chairman's Awards, Mrs Marks said, "It is fantastic to thank these amazing unsung volunteers and celebrate the work they do for communities."
"It's a privilege and an honour to see that sense of community first hand when I travel across the county in my role as Chairman, and I am constantly moved by the selfless dedication of these wonderful people."
Mary Lewis added, "Thanks to the work of Adrian Witherley, Cobham Conservation & Heritage Trust and Elmbridge Borough Council, the Tilt Conservation Area is in safe hands. I was pleased to be able to nominate Adrian for an award, as he works quietly in the background but makes life better for everyone who visits the Tilt and the nearby riverbank."