We need you to keep the donations of small change coming for our Pennies for Our Heroes appeal to honour the area’s brave soldiers from World War One.
We are asking our ever generous readers to donate their loose change so we can raise enough to pay for trees to be planted in Heanor, Ripley and Alfreton.
We are aiming to have it planted in time for Remembrance Sunday in November as this year marks the 100th anniversary since the outbreak of World War One.
We have also been delving into the archives to retell some of the stories of our brave soldiers, many of who died on the battlefields in France during the Great War from 1914 to 1918, which claimed 1.8 million lives say historians.
In the Ripley & Heanor News on September 4, 1914, there was an article about Lord Kitchener’s army.
The call for recruits paid tribute to a “magnificent response from Ripley and Codnor”, which was “in sharp contrast to the apathy existing at Belper and Eastwood, from which towns practically no recruits have responded to the appeal, the attitude of the young men of Ripley and Codnor has been most hearty.
“Up to last weekend 33 names had been enrolled with Mr George Whitcombe (town clerk at Ripley), who is acting as recruiting officer, and these young men had been despatched to various depots from Derby.
“In view of the serious situation in France, and in deference to Mr Asquith’s
appeal that local authorities should do all they could to stimulate recruiting, Ripley Council, in conference with Mr H Eustace Mitton, agent for the Butterley Co’s colliers, decided to hold a further publlic meeting in Ripley Market place
in order to emphasize the urgent need for still more recruits.”