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GSOC Film Night - Guildford in the Great War

13th November 2014

Nearly one hundred local people crowded into The Trinity Centre on a wet Saturday night for an emotional film night commemorating Guildford’s history in the Great War both through its local servicemen on the battlefield and in its daily town life.

This promotion was proudly hosted by The Guildford Society in aid of SSAFA, the country’s oldest established military charity but credit for the production goes to the local Circle 8 film group.

Circle 8 is based in Guildford and for over 50 years have scripted and produced numerous films and videos covering many subjects, but mainly for local interest and history, comedy, fiction and documentary movies which are shown around the community at public shows and for local groups.

The WW1 film drew on local and national archives including from the BBC and cinematic film services and included stories and contributions from local historians. A supporting film programme included an animated WW2 film about a teddy bear, who became his squadrons mascot and who went to war in a Lancaster bomber, plus a short history of Guildford town since the 10th century.

The history of SSAFA is the history of the men and women of Britain’s Forces and their families. It was originally established in 1885 as an appeal for funds and volunteers to care for the families of soldiers and sailors of the second expeditionary force as they set sail for Egypt.

Today, SSAFA provides whatever support is needed for the Forces family be it practical, financial or emotional. The Guildford Society have been pleased to donate part of the proceeds from the evenings ticket sales to SSAFA and also wish to thank the members of the audience for their generous contribution at the evenings leaving collection.

Poster Image - Guildford in the Great War. 
 ©Terence Patrick, Circle Eight & Robyn Cormack