WW1 Centenary

by Michael Ford last modified 07 Jan, 2019 02:44 PM

Resources and links commemorating the First World War.

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Until 11 November: WW1
Remembrance 100
100 Days of Peace and Hope. Prayers, Bible readings, reflections and peace-making activities are available as free downloads, here.

Until Sunday 25 November: WW1
Binding the Past to the Present Through Remembrance at Salisbury Cathedral
A Heritage Lottery funded project executed by local artist Suzie Gutteridge with Salisbury Cathedral’s Outreach team, will be on display in the Morning Chapel.
Suzie’s project was inspired by puttees given to her by her late father, a former soldier. Working with 15 community groups and volunteers to make the red felt, shape the poppies and build the artwork, Suzie has created a display of 100 poppy-covered puttees.
More here

Saturday 3 to Sunday 11 November, 10am to 4pm: Charity Events, WW1
Men of Eype and the Great War at St Peter's Church, Eype DT6 6AP
WW1 Commemoration Exhibition, Displays, Photos, Education Area, WW1 food. Biographies and family histories of Eype men who served their country, alongside artefacts and background, including screened loop of 100 original WW1 photographs.
Free entry; refreshments. Supported by West Dorset District Council. Donations for St. Peter's Church and Royal British Legion.
Inquiries to Janet Allen via .

From 8 November at 6.30pm: WW1
Armistice and the World War 1 Centenary at Salisbury Cathedral
Over Armistice weekend the West Front of the Cathedral will be illuminated by The Royal British Legion Poppies installation, a gigantic and evocative colour projection of 'tumbling poppies'. The projection will be switched on by the Dean of Salisbury at 6.30pm on Thursday 8 November and will subsequently be lit up at sunset and run until 10.30pm until Sunday 11 November.
More here

Thursday 8 and Friday 9 November: WW1
Longburton Remembers at St James’ Church, Longburton DT9 5PF
An evening of music, poetry, prose with a visual commentary. Community singing and refreshments of the day! An opportunity to look at our collection of artefacts from the First World War. Music from Leweston School (Thursday) and the Gryphon School (Friday).
Inquiries to the Revd Lesley McCreadie via 01963 210548 or .

Friday 9 November to Sunday 11 November: WW1
The part played by Royal Army Chaplains' Dept (RAChD) in conflict at Salisbury Cathedral
is explored in a display of banners that will be sited in the South Transept. Artefacts dating from the period and original art work depicting World War 1 conflict will also be on show, and serving chaplains will be present throughout the weekend (Friday 9 November – Sunday 11 November) to discuss the historical contribution of military chaplains and their roles in modern day Service life.
More here

Friday 9 November, 7pm: Charity Events, WW1
St Michael and All Angels' Graffiti Update at Figheldean Village Hall, SP4 8 8JR
As the church in Wiltshire with the most graffiti from WW1 soldiers based here from New Zealand, Australia and Canada, Tony Hack from Wiltshire Medieval Graffiti Survey and Dan Miles, Resources Officer for Historic England will show a PowerPoint presentation of the remarkable facts and insights resulting from their work tracing relatives and families. 
No charge, but donations welcome towards the restoration of our tower roof.
Inquiries to Trevor Woodbridge via .

Friday 9 November, 7pm: Charity Events, WW1
Apollo Productions present The Accrington Pals in All Saints Westbury, BA13 3BT
www.ticketsource.co.uk, in aid of military charities

Friday 9 and Saturday 10 November, 7.30pm: Churches Together, Charity Events, WW1
Karl Jenkins’ ‘The Armed Man’: A Mass for Peace at St Mary’s Devizes
A breathtaking evening of music with 80 singers and 40 musicians.
Featuring: the Invitation Theatre Company, Devizes Musical Theatre, Devizes Chamber Choir and the Fulltone Orchestra.
Raising money for Help for Heroes.

Saturday 10 November, from 7pm: WW1
War Requiem at Salisbury Cathedral
On the eve of the Armistice Day centenary, Benjamin Britten's epic War Requiem will be performed by Salisbury Musical Society and the Cathedral choristers. The choirs will be accompanied by the Chelsea Opera Group Orchestra with soloists Alwyn Mellor (soprano), Mark Wilde (tenor), and Julien Van Mellaerts (baritone). David Halls, Salisbury Cathedral’s Director of Music conducts.
More here
Tickets are £10 - £35: free unreserved tickets are available on the door to under-19s. Book via the Cathedral website or through Wiltshire Creative/ Salisbury Playhouse on 01722 320333.

Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 November: WW1
Battle’s Over in Wimborne
11 November 2018 commemorates 100 years since the signing of the Armistice at the end of World War I. The national initiative is under the heading Battle’s Over: a Nation’s Tribute.
Saturday 10 November: there will be a performance in the Minster of ‘The Gathering’, a play based on documentary evidence of the lives of Wimborne men killed in action in WWI.
Sunday 11 November, 11am: the traditional silence and bugle-call at the Wimborne war memorial on the Minster Green at the end of the Parish Eucharist.
Sunday 11 November, 3pm: Royal British Legion service of Remembrance in the Minster, to which the High Sheriff and Lord Lieutenant of Dorset will be invited as well as local civic leaders and uniformed organisations, with a wreath-laying ceremony at the war memorial on the Green.
Sunday 11 November, 5pm: a peal of bells by the Minster Bell-ringers, to last until after 7pm. Sunday 11 November, 7pm: beacon lit at the top of the grounds of Wimborne Cemetery. All local churches will be invited to send representatives, although the ceremony will not be faith-based. Wimborne Town Crier Chris Brown will give the Cry for Peace.
Local schools will exhibit artworks and poetry on the theme of peace in the Minster in the days leading up to 11th November.
Initial inquiries to Karen St Clair via .

Sunday 11 to Sunday 18 November, from 9.30am: WW1
Westbury Family History Society Exhibition “1914-1918 Those Who Served” and display of poppies at All Saints Westbury, BA13 3BT
9.30am-dusk daily. 
Inquiries to the Revd Rhona Floate via 01373 822209 or .

Important Listing Sunday 11 November, 12.30pm: WW1 Centenary
Centenary of the Armistice
As part of commemorations for the centenary of the Armistice which signalled the end of the First World War, HM Government invites communities across the UK to ring bells on 11 November at 12.30pm. This will be a symbolic way to give thanks and replicate the national outpouring of relief. It will also coincide with 10,000 members of the public processing past the Cenotaph.
More here.
All ringing Tower teams have already been circulated – if you have chiming bells, please make arrangements locally.

Sunday 11 November, from 2pm: WW1
Wimborne Royal British Legion Remembrance Day Service and Parade 2018
The Wimborne Minster Town & Wimborne Royal British Legion 2018 Remembrance Day Service will be held in the Minster Church at 3pm on the afternoon of Sunday 11th November.

Sunday 11 November, 4pm: Charity Events
WW1 Remembrance at Holy Trinity Church, Dilton Marsh BA13 4BU
Holy Trinity Church will show the film adaption of ‘Journey’s End’ to bring the 2018 Remembrance Day commemorations to a close.
The film tells the story of a group of soldiers and their fate towards the end of WW1.
Rated 12A: children under 12 need to be accompanied by a responsible adult as there are some scenes and themes that may be disturbing.
There will be an interval when refreshments will be served.
Tickets are free but are limited so please don’t wait!
There will be a retiring collection for the Royal British Legion who work so hard to support past and present members of the armed forces and their families.
Members of Holy Trinity PCC look forward to welcoming you.
Please call the church warden, Mr Garth Brocksopp, for current ticket information on 01373 822414 or via private message on the church Facebook page.

Updated Listing Sunday 11 November, 7pm: WW1 Centenary
'Ringing Out for Peace' is part of the 'Battle’s Over' day-long, commemoration of the end of the First World War taking place throughout the UK.
WW1 Beacons of Light will be lit at 7pm, signifying the light of peace that emerged from the dreadful darkness of war. Then at 7.05pm we are asked to join in with ringing church bells.
Bellringing inquiries via .

Friday 16 November, 7pm: Charity Events, WW1
‘Goodbye-ee’: a remembrance & farewell to arms at the end of World War 1 at All Saints Westbury, BA13 3BT
Readings, songs, music and ephemera of the period and what happened next in the years that followed.
Free, with retiring collection in aid of All Saints' Tower Appeal and military charities. 
Inquiries to the Revd Rhona Floate via 01373 822209 or .

Saturday 17 November, 7.30pm: Anniversaries, WW1
A Diamond Centenary - The Farrant Singers at St. Martin's Church, Salisbury SP1 2HY
A concert to celebrate our 60th anniversary and the centenary of the ending of the First World War.
The programme includes Duruflé's Requiem as well as two works written especially for the occasion - 'The Elixir' by Alec Roth and 'A Foreign Field' by Alison Cameron.
Inquiries to Jane Waddington via .

Featured charity

SSAFA: There Then, Here Now
Looking to support a military charity during Remembrance and WW1 commemorations? Founded in 1885, SSAFA is the oldest national charity supporting the three Armed Forces. “All of our work is delivered solely by volunteers at a local level; we make no charge for what we do, but we cannot run on fresh air. SSAFA Wilts receives no funding whatsoever from any outside agencies, which leaves us totally reliant on the support of the communities we operate in. It is a competitive environment, and we are few in number, yet to those we support, our input remains vital to their wellbeing and future.”
Stories and info here


WW1 Centenary Hymns
The Song and Hymn Writers’ Foundation held a competition for a new hymn to mark Armistice Day and the end of WW1. The winner is the Revd Ally Barrett (Church Times interview here). Jonathan Viera has sung the official version.
Animated video here;
ten new hymns to go alongside it here.

Official CofE resources here

Bible Society's 'Hear My Cry' RE scheme of work here

Royal British Legion 'Hear My Cry' resources here

Family-friendly Remembrance resources here 

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