Searching for stories from around the Commonwealth - The Leamington Observer

Searching for stories from around the Commonwealth

RESIDENTS are being urged to share their stories of the Commonwealth ahead of Birmingham 2022.

In less than six months, the Commonwealth Games will be coming to Warwickshire and the team at Heritage and Culture Warwickshire (HCW) want to hear residents’ personal stories about the Commonwealth.

What does the Commonwealth mean to them, their friends and their families.

The Warwickshire County Council Heritage and Culture Service want residents to tell them about their own connections to the Commonwealth.

Whether it’s a short story, a personal experience or a link to a local community, they are keen to hear from anyone with a story to tell.

With the Lawn Bowls and Para Lawn Bowls taking place at Victoria Park Bowling Greens in Leamington, and St Nicholas Park in Warwick hosting the start and finish of the cycling Road Race event taking place in Warwick – the county will be playing a central role in the games.

WCC culture spokeswoman Coun Heather Timms said: “So many people in Warwickshire will have interesting stories to tell about their own experiences, memories and connections to the Commonwealth.

“We would love to hear from as many of you as possible to help us celebrate, as a county, our part in this incredible, global event.”

“Your own connection to the Commonwealth might be sport or event-related, but it could easily be work-related, or perhaps a memorable trip or holiday you have taken, or maybe you have family or friends living in the Commonwealth who can provide you with an interesting story to tell?

“Heritage and Culture are hoping to find a local link to all 54 Commonwealth countries and would love to hear and share your personal stories, however big or small.”

Richard Lewis, collections and development manager at WCC, said the connections of local people to the Commonwealth was an important part of the county’s social history.

He added: “We are keen to document as many stories, memories and anecdotes as possible between now and the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.”

How to submit your stories

Submit stories, memories and photos online at

Written submissions can be bullet points, stories, quotes or facts and figures, but must be a maximum of 600 words.

Photos and illustrations can also be uploaded.

To submit a video – which must be no more than two minutes long – email [email protected]

Stories can also be shared on social media using the hashtag #WCCOurCommonwealth or submited via email to [email protected]

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