To mark the centernary of the end of the First World War events will be taking place this Sunday, November 11 throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, and at scores of locations overseas, including New Zealand, Ireland, Australia, Bermuda, France, Belgium, Canada, the United States and Germany.
One of these events is an international commemoration named Battle’s Over, organised by Pageant master Bruno Peek, LVO OBE OPR.
The day begins at 6am with more than 1,000 lone pipers playing The Battle’s O’er, a traditional Scottish air played after a battle, outside Cathedrals and other individual locations throughout the country and overseas, following a specially written tribute which will be read out.
At 6.55pm buglers will sound the Last Post at more than 1,000 locations, where at 7pm WW1 Beacons of Light will be lit in a tribute signifying the light of peace that emerged from the darkness of four years of war.
Then at 7.05pm more than 1,000 churches and Cathedrals will ring their bells as part of Ringing Out for Peace organised in association with the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers, which represents 65 societies of ringers from the British Isles and overseas.
Also at 7.05pm, more than 140 town criers will perform a specially written Cry for Peace Around the World, the first of them in New Zealand and then across the globe through the various time zones.
Organisations in Chebsey Parish are working together to play their part in Battle’s Over, with All Saints’ Church being the venue for the day’s activities.
We took a look at how other areas of Stafford Borough and surrounding areas would be marking the day tomorrow.
The season of remembrance will be marked with services at St Mary’s and St Chad’s.
On Saturday, there will be a free coffee concert at St Mary’s at 11am. It will feature music from the First World War to mark the centenary of the end of the conflict in 1918.
And at noon on there will be a mass for the victims of war at St Chad’s Church, Greengate Street.
This will be a gentle and reflective service to remember all those, service people and civilians, who have been the victims of war, conflict and terrorism.
On Remembrance Sunday, November 11 the Bishop of Stafford, the Reverend Geoff Annas will be at St Mary’s for the parish Eucharist at 9.30am, and will then lead the Remembrance Service by the Victoria Square War Memorial from 10.45am.
Finally, charitable organisation the RAOB (Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes) will be holding a Remembrance service at St Chad’s at 6.30pm on November 11, led by town centre chaplain the Reverend John Davis. There will also be an open air service in Market Square starting at 10.15am followed by wreath laying at the Borough and County War Memorials, then a parade through the Town Centre.
Stafford will also host the “People’s Procession” and – this year anyone can join in at the end of the parade at around 11.25am and be part of it.
If people lost a relative in the war or for some other reason they would like to become part of the parade as a mark of respect, they can just turn up on the day.
Stone town council has organised an exhibition of world war one memorabilia at the Frank Jordan Centre on Saturday between 10-4pm.
Local historian Steve Edwards will be exhibiting part of his collection of ww1 Stone memorabilia, giving you the opportunity to see
what life was like during the Great War.
On Sunday evening, November 11, events will be taking place at St Michael and St Wulfad’s Church, Stone, to mark the centenary
of the end of the First World War. Assembly will be at 6.30pm in the Church.
At 6.45pm the Town Mayor and guests will assemble in the churchyard.
At 6.55pm the Last Post will sound and at 7pm the Town Mayor will press the button to light the beacon at the top of the Church tower.
In remembrance of the end of the war and the millionswho were killed or wounded, beacons of light will be lit in Stone and throughout the
At 7.05pm the Church Bell Ringers will ring the bells to celebrate the centenary of the end of the war. One of 1,000 churches and cathedrals that
will be ringing out the bells to commemorate the peace.
The Annual Parade, together with Services of Remembrance at the War Memorial in Granville Square and later at the Parish Church of St. Michael and St. Wulfad, will take place on Sunday morning. The arrangements are as follows:
10.10am: Parade personnel to assemble at the bottom of the High Street.
10.30am: Parade to proceed along High Street to the War Memorial.
10.40am: Presentation of wreaths.
11am: Two minute silence and Service of Remembrance. All those laying wreaths will be called forward prior to the parade reaching the top of
the High Street.
At the conclusion of the service at the War Memorial, the Parade will proceed to St Michael and St Wulfad via High Street and Church Street, led by the Stone Scout & Guide Band, where the colour and standard bearers will line up at the entrance to the church, and present their colours.
After the service the parade personnel, led by the Scout and Guide Band, will proceed via the High Street to Market Square and then dismiss.
Earlier, the customary Service of Remembrance will be held at the WaltonWar Memorial, Whitemill Lane, Walton, starting at 9.50am. Attendees are asked to assemble by 9.40am.
HIXON AND STOWE
Battle’s Over events start at 6am on Hixon Millennium Green where a lone piper, Captain Graeme Tennick of the 22nd Signals Ops, will play Sleep in peace, now the battle’s over, a traditional air played by pipers after battle.
A single floodlight will pick out Captain Tennick in the early morning darkness.
Hixon is the only location in Staffordshire to have a live piper.
Events move to Hixon Memorial Hall at 10.45am when the names of 11 men from Stowe-by-Chartley and eight men from Hixon died in active service during the 1914-1918 conflict.
Events move to Hixon Memorial Hall at 10.45am when the names of the 19 local men who died will be read out aloud at a Remembrance Service.
Local trumpeteer, Michael Sosinski will play the Last Post to signal the countdown to 11am and two minutes silence.
Michael’s trumpet will break the silence with The Reveille, a military early morning wake up call.
Hixon is again fortunate to have a real trumpeter, one of only four in Staffordshire.
After The Reveille, wreaths will be laid inside and outside Hixon Memorial Hall, followed by readings from the works of WW1 poets such as Rupert Brooke and Wilfred Owen.
Hixon History Society will be showing a visual representation of what life was like in Hixon in
To commemorate the eight service men from Hixon who were killed on active service, eight new wildflower beds have been created at various locations within the village.
Each bed will have a plaque bearing the name of the soldier and where they are honoured today.
A walking tour of the eight wildflower beds will start from Hixon Memorial Hall at noon.
At 6.55pm Hixon returns to the national programme of events, starting with the return of trumpeter Michael Sosinski to play Battle’s Over-Last Post on Hixon Millennium Green.
At 7pm the beacon on Hixon Millennium Green will be lit as part of a nationwide network of 1,000 beacons that will stretch to every corner of the UK and overseas Territories.
Five minutes later, the bells of St John the Baptiste Church in Stowe-by-Chartley and St Peter’s Church in Hixon will ring out, together with church bells throughout the Country, to announce to “Battle’s over… ring out for peace.”
A special Remembrance Sunday Service will take place in Coppenhall at St Lawrence’s Church on Sunday, November 11, at 9.30am to commemorate the end of the First World War.
A service also takes place at 10.50am at St Leonard’s Church in Dunston.
a community art project saw thousands of poppies created in order to make Penkridge’s own version of the Tower of London display, ‘Fields
of Blood’, with poppies cascading down the Methodist Church. There are also smaller poppy displays around the village for the poppy trail.
Sunday’s events start at 10.40am when the parade leaves Market Square.
The Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial outside St Michael’s church is at 10.55am with the wreath
laying. The Joint Service of Remembrance is at 11.10am inside the church and at 1pm there will be the Commemorative Bell Ringing.
The Last Post will be played at the War Memorial at 6.55pm followed by the Proclamation of Peace at 7.05pm.
A film – Journeys End – will be shown in church at 7.30pm and Prayers for Peace will be said at 9.30pm.
A free concert will be held in Eccleshall to both celebrate and commemorate the contribution made by the people of Eccleshall
and the sacrifice they made for the benefit of us all.
The concert, entitled Shadows: Echoes of the Great War will be held in Holy Trinity Church Eccleshall, on Saturday – the eve of
the Armistice – starting at 2.30pm. The principal performer will be Duncan Honeybourne, a renowned pianist, organist and speaker.
Duncan as a direct descendant of one of the men whose name was added to the memorial this year, has volunteered to give the concert as a mark of his gratitude to the people of Eccleshall.
This will be one of the most important anniversaries in any of our lifetimes and this concert will be an occasion not to be missed.
There will be a retiring voluntary collection to support the project to further improve and enhance the appearance of and access to the War Memorial.
Residents wishing to attend the Remembrance Service service can meet at the War Memorial at 10.50am. The church service will follow at St Giles at 11.15am.
tHE ST Matthew’s Church Remembrance Service is on Sunday at 9.30am.
At St Editha’s Church on Sunday, 9.30am, there will be a service with the Reverend John Sterling.
At the Methodist Church, the service on Sunday will be led by Reverend Jimi Kaci at 10.30 am. At St Lawrence Church on Friday there is a service at the Impstones Community Centre for Remembrance Sunday. On Sunday there will be Holy Communion at 7.45am and a service of remembrance at 10.45am. There is a reflective service at 6.30pm.
COLWICH AND THE HAYWOODS:
There will be a Great War Exhibition for Colwich Parish in Great Haywood Memorial Hall on Saturday and
Sunday, November 10 and 11. This will include tributes to the fallen as well as a local history display of Colwich in 1918.
There will be items on loan from the JRR Tolkien in Staffordshire 1915-1918 exhibition.
A cascade of poppies from the hall, created by the WI, will provide a good photo opportunity as well as other poppy displays around the village.
The Remembrance Service will take place in St Stephen’s Church, Great Haywood, at 3pm on Sunday 11th, followed by refreshments in the Hall and a performance of Great War songs by our Community Choir.
Residents in Salt will be commemorating Armistice Day 1918 with an event at the village hall on Sunday, November 11.
There will be First World War music and poetry, film clips from the front line and powerful eye witness accounts from the men and women who were there alongside a remembrance of the fallen from the Parish.
Refreshments typical of the time will be provided and for catering purposes any resident wishing to attend should call either Margaret Walls on 01889 508412 or Jane Mitchell on 01785 508284.
A Remembrance service will take place in Christ Church at Hilderstone on Sunday, November 11 at 10.45am. The service will mark 100 years since the guns Fell silent at the end of WW1.
St John’s Church will hold a service of Holy Communion at 8.30am on Sunday, November 11 and there will also be a Service of Remembrance at 10.40am on the Village Green. Following the Village Green service you can visit St John’s for refreshments and a special exhibition and performances by Barlaston First School.
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