During the First World War, Sutton Mandeville together with Fovant and Compton Chamberlain hosted tens of thousands of soldiers in camps along today’s A30. There are few signs of these camps today, but the soldiers also left carvings of their cap badges cut into the downs.
Sutton Down Badges have been holding a series of very successful ‘Working Picnics’ to clear their Royal Warwickshire badge of the dense undergrowth, brambles and saplings that covered it.
Further Working Picnics are planned for the following dates this year:
• Saturday 5th July
• Saturday 6th September
• Saturday 8th November
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to help out on any of these dates.
A public meeting about the badges and camps will be held on the evening of Tuesday 3rd June at All Saints Church, Sutton Mandeville. This will be an opportunity to bring people up to date with progress and plans, and to hear people’s views about what is being done. Further details of this to follow on the Sutton Down badges website.
An evening tour of the badges and camps will be held on Friday 20th June. Again, further details to follow.
A charitable trust is being set up to provide a formal basis for organising the reinstatement and maintenance of the badges, and to apply for funding. All being well the trust will complete the registration process a little later in the spring. In the meantime, please keep an eye on the website http://www.sutton-down-badges.com where more information is being added about the history of the badges, the camps and the soldiers connected with Sutton Mandeville during the First World War.