Residents at Anchor Hanover’s Denham Garden Village complex have created a ‘powerful’ compilation book of all their memories of World War II.

Marking 80 years since the declaration of the war the home has sponsored the production of 600 copies of the book called ‘Recollections’ with all proceeds going to the British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

The book is being launched at Denham Garden Village on September 5, where there will be a singing and dancing troupe, a special lunch and speeches from the residents who helped complete the book.

An article published in the retirement scheme’s monthly bulletin by residents Maurice Landsberger and Joyce Hobson inspired the book.

The article titled ‘Life before Denham Garden Village’ got Maurice to start collating the untold stories of the World War from 30 residents into one book.

Pioneer of the project, 83-year-old resident Maurice said: “I knew my fellow residents would have interesting and powerful stories and reflections on WW2, which shaped so many of our lives.

“It was this diversity of experience, tucked away in Denham Garden Village, which makes the collection worthy of documentation.

“We are grateful for Anchor Hanover’s support of our efforts, so that we can preserve these stories for years to come and commemorate the bravery of our local community.”

Recollections covers all areas of the globe including stories from the UK, Europe, North Africa, and Asia as well as discussing events such as Dunkirk and the London Blitz.

Manager of Denham Garden Village, Priscilla Spurling, said: “I am privileged to be able to support such a significant project.

“Recollections is a powerful book that reminds us of the incredible impact our older generations have created on the world we live in today.

“Created by residents on behalf of their neighbours, this book is a wonderful emblem of the community spirit here at Denham Garden Village and Anchor Hanover.”