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A new book about Newent War Memorial  has been written by members of Newent  Local History Society and gives details about the Newent men whose names are inscribed on the memorial as well as those who have been missed off. There are 110 in total.  The book is entitled “We Will Remember Them” and has taken three years to write, and is timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the end of World War

Leader of the project and Chairman of the Society, Dood Pearce, said “This has been a mammoth task and has involved research in many regimental museums and archives, newspapers, graveyards and Parish records.  Help has been given by the families, who have found photographs and letters. It will be a useful resource for local and family historians”. The memorial is situated at St. Marys Church,  A copy can be obtained from The Good News book shop, Dood Pearce on 01531 821398 or email doodpearce@btinternet.com  Details include the families, occupations and service history of each man, as well as their burial place, and medals awarded.  The dead of both World Wars are included. Price £12.

The quest is to have a beautiful statue of Valegro in our town. People can then remember this one in a million horse forever. If anyone would like to support our campaign and make this a reality, please see the link https://www.newentvalegrosculpture.co.uk  or:- https://www.facebook.com/valegrothedancinghorse

 This unique and special horse will have a very special place where he can ‘dance’ and inspire local people and visitors forever. See Facebook page for updates on the plan to put a statue up of Valegro in Newent, his home town. This horse, Carl Hester and Charlotte du Jardin have done so much for Dressage and particularly for UK Dressage that we really wanted to have a long term thank you and memory of him.

The artist has been chosen, she is Georgie Welch. Preliminary sketches and marquette made – now we are in the serious business of raising the funds to succeed.  Valegro will be portrayed plaited and wearing his tack. but we will follow the artist as the work is done. If you would like to help with this exciting project, please contact us through Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/valegrothedancinghorse  or contact newentcc@gmail.com to make a donation GIFT AID Single Donation Form or Multiple Donation Form

https://www.youtube.com to see the launch of this campaign.

To celebrate every Team GB London Olympic Gold Medals, Royal Mail painted some of its red post boxes gold in the Olympic Gold Medalist’s home towns. One can be found in Newent, outside the Post Office in Chuch St. to celebrate Charlotte Dujardin winning Olympic Gold in

the individual equestrian dressage event on her horse Valegro. She also won a Gold as a member of the team dressage event. Charlotte who lives and trains in Newent also appeared on specially made stamps commemorating the achievements of our gold medal winning Olympians.

Charlotte Dujardin became the second British woman to win three Olympic gold medals by retaining her individual dressage title in Rio 2016 again on Valegro .

Donations can me sent to Newent Initiative Trust,  Alland,  Botloes Green, Newent, Glos, GL18 1DW or contact Newent Initiative Trust – newentcc@gmail.com

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