A volunteer is calling for people from the district to take part in a project commemorating the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

The project, ‘Now The Last Poppy Has Fallen’ is being organised by Essex County Council to mark the anniversary by focusing on the lives of families, individuals and communities during the First World War in Essex.

Braintree volunteer Jacquie Fanchette, of Gilpin Way, is urging people to share their stories about what happened during the war in the district.

Mrs Fanchette, 53, said: “It’s a lovely project, it’s very personal as it’s about what happened here in the First World War, and it’s very interesting how people managed to carry on.

“It’s a commemoration, not a celebration.

“It’s about respectfully acknowledging the 100 years and bringing the reality of the war to the people of today, to make them aware of what people in this area did and to commemorate it in some way with all the due respect and solemnity.

“It would be lovely to get more people involved.”

To share stories, letters, diaries or pictures please contact Mrs Fanchette on 01376 330687 or email fanchettejt@hotmail.com