WW1 Commemoration Weekend
28 Oct 2018 18:44
10 & 11th November
Plans are being finalised for what promises to be an excellent weekend of events in the village, commemorating 100 years since the end of WW1.
Throughout the weekend
The village hall is hosting a special exhibition on both days – with something for everyone. Stories, pictures, a re-created trench, film footage and artefacts from the war. You’ll also find information on the men this village lost to the Great War. The figures are humbling: a population of c.500 - 213 men went to war, 45 never returned. The Nicholls family from Church Street lost five sons.
And, of course, there will be refreshments. A wartime tea room will be serving hot drinks, soup and cakes – based on those that tickled 1940s taste buds and served on wartime crockery and accompanied by wartime music!
Proceedings will begin at 10.30am Saturday with a major act of remembrance at the War Memorial. We will be joined by representatives from the local military, The Royal British Legion, commemoration organisations, cadets and scout groups, and Stamford Brass Band.
This will be an opportunity to see the poppies that have been knitted by villagers over the last few months (we lost count at 3,000!!) which will cloak the bottom of the War Memorial. And, if you haven’t already spotted them around the village, you’ll see some of the ‘Tommy’ silhouettes.
Proceedings will then move to the Blue Bell pub where lunch will be served with music provided by Stamford Brass Band and other local musical groups.
If you’ve booked for the ‘It’s All Over Celebratory Supper Dance’ in the evening – there’s still time to plan your outfit. There’s talk of period couture.... and land girls – so get creative!
The morning church service at 9.30am will be followed by a short commemoration service at the War Memorial at 10.45am (please note, this is 15 mins later than previously promoted on the poster), with the two-minute silence at 11am.
Everyone is then invited to join the Weekend Finale. Starting at the War Memorial at 4pm, a lantern procession will make its way to the Church. Lanterns will be available, or bring your own. You can then join in a Celebration of Peace in the village’s beautiful new Peace Garden (we will have the marquee up!).
We will end this momentous weekend with music, poetry and singing together with refreshments, a bonfire and fireworks.
This will be the perfect way to bring the village together for a perfect end to what promises to be moving and memorable weekend.
Paula F Jenkins F IDM
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In advance of the weekend - can you help with...
Help is needed to set up the marquee (the old Horti Soc one) on Friday Nov 9th. The newer one will also need erecting at the Village Hall, on the same day (weather permitting) so if some willing helpers can find time on that Friday that would be most welcome. Timings tbc but email firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help and more details will follow nearer the time.
Friends of the Church
War Time Tea room - Volunteers needed
As part of the team organising the War Time Tearoom we are needing help in various forms throughout the weekend. We're looking for contributions by way of a cake, soup or a couple of hours serving at the tea room at the Village Hall. We appreciate many of us will be marking the centenary and also supporting other activities around this weekend.
If you are able to help please contact Joy 07718900007
War Time Tearoom Team