Category Archives: News and Events

Please see below for details of events and news relating to Sutton Down badges. The main focus of our work has been a series of ‘Working Picnics’ when we go onto the badges to cut vegetation and carry out other tasks. The view from the edge of the down, where we have our picnics, must be one of the best in Wiltshire. We hold a range of public meetings, tours and fund-raising events. Information about our activities is also displayed at a range of local shows and festivals.

Major grant from National Lottery to restore Royal Warwickshire Regiment badge

Sutton Mandeville Heritage Trust is very pleased to report that it has received a grant of £88,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), which will enable us to restore the badge of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment in summer 2017. A range of other events and activities will also be supported by the HLF grant, continuing through 2018.

Our press release about the grant can be found here: watch out for the story in local media! If you have any questions, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch via

Annual Meeting 2016

The Annual Meeting of the Sutton Mandeville Heritage Trust will take place at 7pm on Friday 9th September 2016 at All Saints Church in Sutton Mandeville.

The meeting will include presentations on this year’s work (including the excavations that took place in June) and a small amount of formal business relating to the Trust. Refreshments will be provided. 

The Annual Meeting is open to all, but any voting relating to the formal business of the Trust will be limited only to Members. If you are not already a Member and would like to support our work then there is an application form that can be downloaded here .

We very much hope you will join us on Friday 9th September and we look forward to seeing you.


CVHF Dig for History at Sutton Mandeville

The Chalke Valley History Festival (CVHF) ‘Dig for History’ event will be focussing on the First World War camps in Sutton Mandeville in 2016.

The CVHF Dig for History event will take place on Sunday 19th June 2016. Excavations will target features of the camps that have been identified from air photographs and geophysical survey. We hope to find features and artefacts that will provide insights into life in the camps throughout the war. The results will be presented at CVHF itself later in June.

If you would like to take part, please contact CVHF via email for details. Details of CVHF can be found here.

Working Picnics 2016

We have fixed the provisional dates of our Working Picnics on the badges for 2016. On these days, we will be getting together to clear vegetation on and around the badges, and having a picnic with one of the finest views in Wiltshire.

The Working Picnic dates for 2016 are as follows:

  • Saturday 16th April
  • Saturday 14th May
  • Saturday 11th June
  • Saturday 16th July
  • Saturday 10th September
  • Saturday 12th November

If you would like to join us, then please get in touch via email.


Lecture in Shaftesbury, Tuesday 8th March 2016

There will be a lecture entitled ‘Camps and Badges on Sutton Down’ by Dr. Antony Firth of Sutton Mandeville Heritage Trust on the evening of Tuesday 8th March, courtesy of Shaftesbury & District Archaeology Group (S&DAG). The lecture will take place at St. Peter’s Hall, Shaftesbury – which is at the top of Gold Hill behind Shaftesbury Town Hall. Doors open at 7pm and the lecture starts at 7.30pm.

The lecture will recount the history of the First World War badges and camps in Sutton Mandeville, including soldiers who served in the parish. The lecture will present the results of new research and set out our plans for reinstating the badges and investigating the camps.

All are welcome!

There will be a small charge on the door for non-members of S&DAG.

Chalke Valley History Festival excavations at Sutton Mandeville

This year, the Chalke Valley History Festival (CVHF) will be running its annual archaeological excavation on the site of the First World War camps at Sutton Mandeville. CVHF is launching this and other initiatives on Friday 19th February, explaining their plans and looking to sign on some volunteers to help. It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet the team behind the projects as well as learn the importance of the work and get involved.


When: Friday 19th February 2016 at 19:00. Where: Broad Chalke Village Hall

19:00 – Introduction

19:05 – The Battle of the Somme: A Brief Overview by Dr. Peter Caddick-Adams

19:20 – Sutton Mandeville Camp & Dig for History 2016 by Dr. Antony Firth

19:40 – The Trench Project by Luke Winter of the Ancient Technology Centre

20:00 – Q&A

For more information and to join in, please contact James on

Courtesy of CVHF news.

All Welcome – Public Meeting and Evening Tour 2015

Public Meeting and Evening Tour 2015

Public Meeting and Evening Tour 2015

We are holding a combined event in 2015: a public meeting followed by an evening tour of the badges. We will start at Manor Farm, Sutton Mandeville at 7.30pm on Friday 19th June with a presentation about our activities over the past year and our plans for the coming months. We will then head up to the Downs for a closer look at the badges. There will be refreshments and plenty of opportunity to chat to the trustees and find out more. All welcome!

Evening Tour 2014

Evening Tour 2014

Evening Tour 2014

We held our second annual evening tour on 20 June 2014. Both the turnout and the weather were excellent. After a visit to the camp south of the A30 we travelled up to the top of Buxbury Hill, visiting both badges before refreshments, a chance to chat and a fine view of the setting sun.

Public Meeting, 20 May 2013

Sutton Down Badges - flyer p.1We held our first public meeting about the Sutton Down Badges in May 2013, at all Saints Church in Sutton Mandeville. The meeting was very well attended and showed there was real support for our plans both in the village and further afield.

The meeting was supported by the South West Wiltshire Area Board of Wiltshire Council.

Valley News carried a report of the meeting in their June 2013 issue.