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Download details for ‘Voices of the 1914 Christmas Truce’ concert in Christ Church Cathedral on Saturday, 7 December 2013, at 8 p.m.
It will be a very moving evening and I’d really appreciate if you would consider coming, and encouraging your family and friends to come also. Proceeds from the concert will go towards the Omagh-Waterford Peace Choir, and the National Children’s Hospital, Tallaght, and the Little Prince Children’s Hospital, Brazil.
One of the Christmas Truce voices was a young British soldier, Albert Moren who, recalling the trenches near La Chapelle d’Armentieres, France, 12 kilometres from Messines, Flanders, wrote:
“It was a beautiful moonlit night, frost on the ground, white almost everywhere; … there was a lot of commotion in the German trenches and then there were those lights – I don’t know what they were. And then they sang “Stille Nacht” – “Silent Night”. I shall never forget it. It was one of the highlights of my life.
The Irish participated in the Christmas Truce also. The regimental history of the 13th London Regiment records:
We were a little embarrassed by this sudden comradeship, and, as a lasting joke against us, let it be said that the order was given to stand to arms. But we did not fire, for the battalion on our right, the Royal Irish Fusiliers, with their national sense of humour, answered the enemy’s salutations with songs and jokes and made appointments in No Man’s Land for Christmas Day. We felt small and subdued and spent the remainder of Christmas Eve in watching the lights flicker and fade on the Christmas trees in their trenches and in hearing the voices grow fainter and eventually cease.
I can assure you that all attending the ‘Voices of the Christmas Truce’ concert will be moved by the memories evoked by young Albert Moren, and other soldiers, from that extraordinary night during the first Christmas of World War One, beautifully complimented by the singing of the Omagh-Waterford Peace Choir, and special guests.
I would be very grateful if you could help me to spread the word far and wide through your email contacts, networks, Facebook, etc. and all and anyone you might think would be interested in coming to the concert. It’s important we have a full Cathedral to honour this wonderful Island of Ireland Peace Choir which emerged from the pain and suffering of the 1998 Omagh Bomb.
It will be good to see you on the night. Please come if you can.
Christmas Truce and Flanders Peace Field Project
Founded in 2009, Kits4Causes have distributed over 21,000 football shirts to aid social development projects in some of the worlds poorest areas. Chris Grindley (CG) and his dedicated team place the power of football in environments where the game is played in its purest forms.
CG. We use football to encourage social change, such as; encouraging children and teens to start/return to education, aiding healthcare organisations to get their message across and reach out to the local community. We embolden youngsters to reach out and learn/discuss difficult social issues such as HIV/AIDS.
We also aim to educate people within the UK on the potential for social development through football. We want to show the inherent power of football to make a real difference. We aim to create an appreciation for the life that many of us live in, whilst also showing how football can bring us together in the UK, regardless of gender, race or religion.
Football really does provide a real incentive for change, and we aim to work with any organisation based that recognises the use of football for social change. So far we have:
- Helped to break-down the enshrined stigma of HIV/AIDs via the use of football, tackling HIV/AIDs head on via the use of preventive education.
- Helped to bring warring communities together, playing an active role in the South Sudan as well as in Northern Nigeria between Christian and Muslim communities.
- Helped to increase the importance of education, increasing attendance at schools.
- Helped to widen the reach of health education provided by organisations.
- Put a smile on the faces over 13000 people and brought them a bit of joy and happiness.
“We estimate that every year the UK buys 1 million+ replica and amateur football kits. Consequently, more and more football kits become unwanted and unused each year”.
Governments and NGOs across the world spend millions every year in development and financial aid for third world countries. Whilst money is needed in order to accomplish any developmental aims it is wasted if we cannot engage with the populous and give them reason to address the issues. Football provides such a reason.
We strongly believe that through the use of sporting programmes within grass-roots NGO projects, social development can be more widespread, more effective and more efficient throughout the world, providing a better future for many people.
As new members of the National Children’s Football Alliance we are interested in hearing from any NCFA stakeholders who maybe interested in helping to support our work.
For more information please contact Kits4Causes at:
Simon Millington is a passionate FA Vauxhall Youth Football Officer (London). He believes that Football is taking shape in areas where the structured game tends to over look. ‘There is plenty of evidence in the community that suggests football is alive and kicking’, says Simon. However, there is also evidence that young people feel the game is not meeting their needs, recognised by one of the many partners of the FA.
According to extensive study by HPI, commissioned by The FA and England Team Sponsor and FA Youth Partner Vauxhall, the main reasons for the decline in participation in the 14-17 age group is due to a realisation that they are not going to play professional football, club football becoming more competitive, the lure of other pursuits and external pressures including school work, travel arrangements and part-time jobs.
Football Mash Up is a dedicated programme aimed at 14 to 17 year old boys and girls who have either dropped out of football or are on the verge of doing so. Dedicated after-school sessions will be delivered by FA Vauxhall Youth Football Officers typically between 4 – 6pm in a high quality football environment (5-a-side centres). The FA coach will facilitate a fun and social session where the young people will play a range of 5-a-side games, with the focus on enjoyment rather than it being excessively competitive.
Charter Standard Club Mentoring Programme
On the FA’s Take Part in Football web page it states that in the coming months the FA Vauxhall Youth Officers will be showcasing the ideals of the Youth Development Review and Football Mash Up in Charter Standard Clubs to help clubs benefit from their expertise. There is some great work going on in football at community level right now so let your NCFA know what you think about playing under the FA’s new brand of football in your community. Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
To inspire a Mash Up in your community, school or football club you can follow the culture at:
For more details contact:
Simon Millington | FA Vauxhall Youth Football Officer (London)
Football Services Division
The FA Group
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, HA9 0WS
Postal address: Wembley Stadium, PO Box 1966, London, SW1P 9EQ
M – 07534845335 | E – email@example.com| W – www.TheFA.com
A Game for Christmas is a play written by Iain Adams (University of Central Lancashire) about the Christmas Truce based upon a research article he completed with Professor Trevor Petney (University of South Australia). The play has been performed by a number of schools as their Christmas play over the past few years and performed twice at the National Football Museum, Manchester. The play manuscript has been donated to the Football & Peace Project by Iain Adams and is now available to all schools, children’s clubs and amateur dramatics companies to download.
‘Although I have donated A Game for Christmas to the National Children’s Football Alliance’s Football & Peace Projects, I would like to think that schools of all descriptions would see fit to donate a nominal fee to NCFA, which would help establish Football & Peace Projects across the globe’. Iain Adams