The Pirton WW1 Project
The Pirton World War Project has
three end goals:
- The book 'The Pride of Pirton' *1
documents all the men with a Pirton connection that served in the Great War.
- Ultimately to place as much of the
research for the book as possible on this website.
- To undertake the above in such a way as
to be able to add information and update it whenever and whatever comes to
light in the future.
Most people in the village of Pirton are
aware that a small team (Tony French, Chris Ryan and Jonty Wild)
have now published a book, The Pride of Pirton, which documents all the men with a Pirton
connection that served in World War 1. This includes those that sacrificed
their lives and those that survived around 230 men.
We believe that this book in an important local historical book and
perhaps the last chance to document the lives of these men in significant
detail, however we recognise that the content will be mostly of interest to the
villagers, the descendants of those listed and those with a general
interest of the lives of men who served in the Great War.
If you are interested in a copy or more
The Strategy for Publication
In identifying a strategy for publishing two things quickly
became clear, 1) we needed a mechanism for receiving funding and applying for
grants and 2) rather than raise money just to fund a one off project, provided
it is still cost effective, it would be better to use the money to enable the
project to be carried through in a way that would also provide facilities for
future use by the village.
We have identified this strategy for production and the
details are given below.
The Pirton Heritage Support Group
Our preferred methodology for the producing the WW1 book
includes binding the books ourselves with our own equipment. This provides the
flexibility to produce books in low numbers, avoids the need to hold large
stocks of books and much or the ‘up front’ printing costs. It will then also
enable other organisations and individuals to adopt the same strategy and
produce other publications and books in a cost effective way and to a ‘bookshop’
If this was to be carried through we needed a formally
organised body to receive and raise funds by seeking donations, sponsorship
applying for grants and organising other forms of fund raising and also to
control the equipment and assist organisations and individuals to use it.
Our solution was to form the Pirton Heritage Support Group or
PHSG and to this end the following has been undertaken:
- A constitution has been written (available at
or a paper copy upon request).
- An initial committee formed, (Diane Bailey, Tony French,
Rosie Hamilton McLeod, Chris Ryan and Jonty Wild).
- Officers elected (Jonty Wild – Chairman, Tony French –
Treasurer, Diane Bailey – Secretary).
- The PHSG aims agreed – “The aim of the PHSG is to
conserve, preserve, record and where possible, to make the history of Pirton
accessible to Pirton residents and other interested parties.”
- A bank account opened (cheques payable to Pirton Heritage
Support Group or PHSG).
- The first project adopted, (the publication of the Pirton
WW1 book, this one to be undertaken by a sub-group of the PHSG (Tony French,
Chris Ryan and Jonty Wild).
- A preferred strategy for the publication of the Pirton
WW1 book agreed.
This section details the strategy for publishing the Pirton
WW1 book; however, this is also a strategy which provides a generic approach for
other Pirton publications that the PHSG or any other organisation or individual
could to adopt. To that end this section details the generic strategy which is
followed by the specific strategy for the Pirton WW1 book.
- Identify equipment to enable in professional quality
in-house binding of publications.
- Identify potential uses for, and potential users of, that
equipment, in order to substantiate the perceived value of this approach and
to ensure that there is a future use for it.
- Raise funds to purchase that equipment.
|Advantages of this approach
- Total control over production numbers.
- Provides the capability to cost effectively
produce any number of individual publications from 1 to a 1000 +.
• Almost any paper type can be bound.
• Any printing can be used, from that produced by a home deskjet to
fully professional print house.
• The bound length of publication is restricted to A4, but in
landscape format much larger documents could be bound
- Avoids the need to hold large stocks and the
associated issues relating to upfront cost, storage and risk of
- Provides the capability to add new information
for future copies whilst limiting the cost implications.
- The machinery, once purchased, can be used for
any future projects, by the PHSG for other local organisations or
- Printing costs may be higher than traditional
printing (per copy).
- Some restrictions on book cover options.
- When using some professional print house methods
a minimum print run may still be required, however this will be much
smaller than conventional methods of producing books.
Progress to date:
- The equipment has been identified. It is either a Model
8x or 15xs binder from Murodigital of Weston-super-Mare (similar machines,
but vary in speed, capacity and consequently cost). Details at
Samples have been received and sample publications
supplied to the company for binding. Both have been viewed by the PHSG and
WW1 project team and by “friendly" professionals and assessed as fit for our
purposes. Viewing of these can be arranged by contacting Jonty Wild via
- From within the PHSG committee (and have not yet been
discussed with others!) the following have been identified as possible uses:
The reprint of Memories of Old Joys (Pirton Historic
Photograph & Document Archive (Pirton ‘Archive) project).
Collections of articles from the Pirton Magazine
Reprint of the book on William Dawson (Pirton
‘Archive & Local History Group?).
Publication of individual’s books (for private,
family or for general publication) – (Jonty Wild suggestion, he
personally knows 4 people who have written books, which they are
struggling to put in to print, 3 from Pirton and another in
Publications for fund raising by local clubs or
organisations, e.g. a book of pumpkin recipes to raise funds for the
Pumpkin Club (Jonty Wild suggestion [Chairman of the Pumpkin Club]).
Local organisation’s minutes, e.g. the Parish Council
or other clubs and organisations.
Individuals family trees (Pirton ‘ Archive
Book on Pirton’s Pubs (a Pirton ‘Archive long term
Publication of “Pirton’s Industries, Customs and
Superstitions” (a book currently held by Pirton ‘Archive)
Other Pirton clubs, organisations and individuals are
being contacted for more suggested uses and to ask them to register an
interest and help with funding. In addition the Curator of the Hitchin
Museum has also expressed an interest in using the equipment.
- We have begun to seeking funding, which includes raising
donations and sponsorship. Forms have been obtained for applying for a
Lottery “Awards for All” grant which will be completed as soon the PHSG is
able to meet the financial requirements of the Lottery organisation.
Whilst grant applications will be made, we consider it vital
that we do not rely solely on that form of funding, for the following reasons:
We wish to be confident that the idea is of genuine
interest to the people and organisations of Pirton.
If we can raise a substantial contribution that way, then
we believe that will help the Lottery, “Awards for All” officers to view
the project with increased confidence and enthusiasm.
We are seeking to raise funds on two fronts:
- For the binding equipment – This equipment will be
available for use after the Pirton WW1 book has been completed and is one of
the fundamental ways that the PHSG can assist other projects, whether
undertaken by the PHSG or others.
Consequently we will seek contributions for this from,
Pirton organisations and the Lottery “Awards for All” amongst others.
- For the Pirton WW1 book – This is a very specific
project, being undertaken by the PHSG, however the preferred strategy will
rely on the binding equipment, so it would seem reasonable that we also seek
direct funding which will enable the project to come to fruition. This will
include the consumables necessary to produce the book and to contribute to
the binding equipment, without which the project might fail.
Consequently we will seek contributions from individuals,
organisations and business sponsorship. We may also seek to raise funds by
running events and the sale of Pirton WW1 project related items and of
course the sale of the book itself.
If any excess funds are raised by the PHSG these will be held
by the PHSG for future projects.
If any excess funds are raised by the WW1 fund raising then we
hope, subject to permission, to record the names of the other Pirton men that
died and who are not currently recorded on the War Memorial, on the original or
another suitable memorial.
|Costs Est. – Minimum Requirement
||Costs Est. – Ideal Requirement
|Perfect binder 8x
||Perfect binder 15x
|Consumables (Initial Stock)
||Consumables (Initial Stock)
If you wish to help or to discuss any aspect of this please
contact one of the PHSG committee members:
Diane Bailey, Tony French,
Rosie Hamilton McLeod, Chris Ryan and Jonty Wild
telephone Jonty Wild on
If you help with fund raising please contact Jonty Wild