In July 2016 the project organised a trip to London to visit the WW1 exhibition at the IWM. A double decker bus was commissioned and a combined group of over 80 volunteers to the project joined together to experience this great event. People from the Carillon Memorial Museum, Loughborough Library Local Studies group, the church, the project partners and Cobden Primary School were all there as well as a large number from the Asian communities of the town. Two members of the Western Front Association (Leicester Branch) introduced those present to London landmarks that reflect military history including the Commonwealth Memorial Gates followed by an informative afternoon at the IWM.
This was a highly successful day incorporating many individuals from diverse groups in the locality who had been involved in the project. Those from the British Gujarati community were keen to understand more about their own history which they had explored through our workshops and to maintain a relationship with the project and with those involved into the future. From these connections the ‘Charnwood Chai’ initiative was born. On the bus home team members talked to the Head of Cobden Primary School and Year 8 pupils present – and the visit was followed up with education work at the school involving ‘Old Billy.’