Home | Guestbook | Reenactors Corner | Sharpe's World | Useful Things | Gallery

Project Hougoumont

Project Hougoumont

Project Hougoumont is a heritage project to save the Hougoumont Farm on the site of the 1815 Battlefield of Waterloo in Belgium. Its aim is to ensure that the site is sound and intact for the long–term future, with a view to attracting and educating more visitors

Hougoumont Farm is in a sorry state, and time is running out fast. The walls of the Great Barn are at risk of collapse, the loopholed brick wall surrounding the orchard is falling down, and each passing winter brings more damage through the penetration of water and frost. To date the chapel has been restored, and two of the gaps in the walls have been filled in temporarily to strengthen them.

Project Hougoumont seeks to raise funds over the period 2010 to 2015 for the sympathetic restoration of the farm buildings and redevelopment of the wider site.

By the time we commemorate the 200th anniversary of the battle visitors will be able to visit the farm, learn about the battle, and understand the significance of Hougoumont's key role.

A memorial will be built to honour the British soldiers who fought at Waterloo – the only nationality not already acknowledged with its own memorial.

Help For Heroes

Help For Heroes
Help for Heroes raises money to support members of the Armed Forces who have been wounded in the service of their country. We ask our supporters to “do their bit” to show these extraordinary young men and women that they are cared for by us. Over a million people have responded to date and millions of pounds have been raised to buy much needed services that will aid their recovery, but we need more! So far, we have allocated almost all of the money we have raised in order to fund direct projects and support other service charities.
"Long-term injuries need long-term solutions. Going forward, Help for Heroes aims to supplement the available facilities and care so that those in rehabilitation get the very best facilities and treatment in order to recover from their injuries and rebuild their careers." - Hadyn Parry, Chairman
Help for Heroes was founded by Bryn and Emma Parry in October 2007 out of a desire to help the wounded Servicemen and women returning from Afghanistan and Iraq. The message of the charity is simple: We are strictly non political and non critical; we simply want to help. We believe that anyone who volunteers to serve in time of war, knowing that they may risk all, is a hero. These are ordinary people doing extraordinary things and some of them are living with the consequences of their service for life. We may not be able to prevent our soldiers from being wounded, but together we can help them get better.

The Shorncliffe Trust

The Shorncliffe Trust
Perched on a hill top overlooking Sandgate, between Hythe and Folkestone lays Sir John Moore's fort. Shorncliffe Redoubt did not just provide a defence against Napoleon but also a training facility for the snipers of the Experimental Rifle Corps which moved there in 1803. Once the most influential fort in warfare and the birthplace of modern infantry, it is the ancestral home of The Rifles.

The aim of the Shorncliffe Trust is to reclaim what disuse and neglect have taken over; to regenerate the area and create a heritage park, to pay tribute to the men who built and served at Shorncliffe and gave birth to the "Greenjackets".

Working with Defence Estates and Shepway District Council for Folkestone, Hythe & Romney Marsh, the Society is in need of supporters and worker bees, people who feel as passionately as the members do about the site.

In recent months exciting events have combined to bring the saving of Shorncliffe closer. The Shorncliffe Redoubt Preservation Society ceased to exist and has now become The Shorncliffe Trust, dedicated as ever to the same goals of saving the heritage of Shorncliffe and promoting education about the site and its history.

The Shorncliffe Trust achieved charity status in May 2013 and is Registered Charity number: 1152185. The Trust is planning some exciting events in the next few years to commemorate the centenary of the First World War and the bi-centenary of The Battle of Waterloo. More information on these will follow. Volunteers and offers of help are welcome of whatever kind, we can probably use you somewhere!

The Western Heights Preservation Society

The Western Heights Preservation Society
The Western Heights Preservation Society (WHPS) is a volunteer-run organisation set up for the conservation, preservation, and interpretation of the Western Heights fortifications in Dover Kent England. It was established in July 2000 with the following aims:
  • Promoting and publicising the Western Heights.
  • Clearing, tidying and protecting the built heritage.
  • Collecting and spreading information about the Heights.
  • Working towards improving public access to parts of the site that are currently inaccessible.

  • Clanranald Trust For Scotland

    Clanranald Trust For Scotland
    The people of The Clanranald Trust are a group of individuals dedicated to reviving Scottish Culture and Heritage. Our aim is to present a true recreation of our past, striving to provide a fitting testimony to our ancestors.

    The Clanranald Trust for Scotland is a recognised charity based in Kincardine, Scotland. The Trust was established in 1995 as an educational organisation and has 2 staff members and a large contingent of volunteers who service the objectives of the Clan.

    Members of the trust are dedicated to promoting increased awareness of Scottish Culture and Heritage through interactive education. Goodwill and the enthusiasm of volunteers, who donate their time towards raising the necessary funds, allow the Trust to continue realising its educational ambitions.

    Some of our fundraising activities include period battle displays, corporate themed entertainment, film/TV work and educational visits.

    Our aim is to present a true recreation of our nations past, striving to provide a fitting testimony to our ancestors.

    A crucial part of the Trust is the education department, which for the past five years has been expanding. The many educational activities undertaken include interactive school and youth group visits. These usually involve visual displays and discussions about historical Scottish life, and allow children to take a closer look at some of the weapons and costumes of the time.

    A new addition to the Trust, the Duncarron Project is the recreation of a medieval Motte and Bailey Fort, intended for use as an interactive educational visitor attraction. The idea behind the project is to provide groups, individuals and school parties an arena in which a medieval reenactment will capture the atmosphere of an authentic medieval working community. Trust members will use this development as a centre from which to base their work with the local community and educational institutions, whilst also offering a great forum for companies to entertain clients and employees alike through a medieval reenactment or any of our highland living history and events. The Film and TV industries will also find the project useful as a "set".

    Please visit the DunCarron website for more details and pictures of the project - Duncarron Project