Official Opening of the Garth Hill Trench Experience
We officially opened the College’s Trench Experience last Thursday 27 June. The Trench, a scaled down replica of an actual First World War trench, allows visitors to ‘walk through’ a realistic trench in order to gain an understanding of a soldier’s life at the front during the 1914-18.
The Deputy Mayor of the Borough of Bracknell Forest, Councillor Ash Merry, was in attendance to cut the ribbon in front of the Bracknell Town Mayor, Councillor Isabel Mattick, other councillors, staff, governors, parents and pupils. All those present were extremely impressed by what they saw during their tour of the Trench.
The Trench experience is the result of four years’ hard work. The project has been privately funded from various sources, including a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. A very special thank you to Mr Mandville, Site and Events Manager, for his dedication and commitment.
Mr Mandville has project managed the design, planning and construction of the trench and I know he is immensely proud of what has been achieved. Thank you to all those who have helped in any way, including pupil members of the 1914 Committee, the College’s PTFA, members of staff including Mr Richens, Mr Croucher, Mr Lambert, Mr Comber and Miss Quick.
We must also extend thanks and gratitude to the Rotary Club of Easthampstead for all their help and support. The Rotary Club also very kindly donated all three volumes of ‘Bracknell’s Great War Fallen’ by Andrew Radgick. These books will be available for reference use in the College’s library. It is a very unique and special resource and we hope as many local school children as possible get the opportunity to visit over the next few years.