On the 10th June I also went to a meeting of a working group that is planning a commemoration of the outbreak of the Great War. This is something that is particularly dear to my heart, as I know it is to many of you. I have been researching the part that Maldon and Heybridge played in World War 1 for the past 40 or so years now. Like most other towns and villages in this country, the conflict rocked our community. By the end of hostilities we had lost 248 of our men. Many others had served or had done their bit on the home front and the scars were deep.