The Dean Heritage Centre, in Soudley, has a weekend of activities planned to commemorate the centenary of World War One.

Centre staff will be polishing their buttons and shining their boots as they prepare for a special “Home Front Dean” event on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd August.

The two day event will be a commemorative weekend with nostalgic music from the ‘Marjorie Belles’ singing trio and the Forest of Dean Male Voice Choir, ration themed cooking demonstrations from Harts Barn Cookery school, engaging theatre from ‘Spaniel in the Works’ and fascinating talks by the FW Harvey society.

The Dean Heritage Centre (DHC) received £9900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for their project, “Home Front Dean” in the Forest of Dean and the project focuses on how the First World War affected those living in the local area at the time.

The Home Front Dean exhibition, created in collaboration with the Local History Society, remains on display at the Centre until the 14th September 2014 and includes factual information, personal stories, objects and costume.

For more information about the Home Front Dean event weekend, please visit