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Final centenary commemorations for WW1

Remembrance Sunday will be particularly poignant this year, as the centenary commemorations for World War 1 (1914 – 18) draw to a close.

A large number of events are planned in Worcester to mark the official end of the commemorations.

“This month will give people in Worcester a number of opportunities to remember all those who gave their lives one hundred years ago so we could have the peace and freedom we enjoy today,” said the Mayor of Worcester, Cllr Jabba Riaz.

“The importance of reflecting and learning from these events cannot be over-emphasised.  By learning from the mistakes of the past, we will be in a much stronger position to create a better world for tomorrow.”

The People’s Collection

Part of the Worcestershire World War One Hundred programme, the People’s Collection has been four years in the making with the team collecting letters, photographers and objects from across the County.

30 October – 12 NovemberThe Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester, WR1 3PD Telephone: 01905 822866

www.thehiveworcester.org

Remembrance at The Hive

Friday 9 November, 10am – 8.30pm
Location: The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester, WR1 3PD
Admission: FREE

A day of remembrance and commemoration. Throughout the day join Discover History and the Worcestershire World War One Hundred Bell Tent in the atrium to find out more about the First World War at Home and at the Front.

At 6pm join members of Dancefest and the Worcestershire Junior Youth Dance Company for a free performance of When They Come Home. This moving dance piece, created by choreographer Clare Wood, explores how the support soldiers gave each other during World War One helped them to get through horrendous and unimaginable times.

At 6.30pm there will be another chance to watch the iconic 1916 film The Battle of the Somme featuring the acclaimed score by Laura Rossi. This screening is FREE however booking is required at www.thehiveworcester.org/

Drop-in Armistice activities

Saturday 10 November, 10am – 4pm
Location: The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester, WR1 3PD
Admission: FREE

Drop in to The Hive to visit the People’s Collection and see the Worcestershire World War One Hundred Bell Tent. During the day you can view the wall of handcrafted poppies, representing Worcestershire men and women who lost their lives in the Great War, and get involved with family activities including making your own poppies.

At 4pm there is another chance to view The Battle of the Ancre and the Advance of The Tanks (1916), a little-known masterpiece of British non-fiction cinema which documents the autumn and winter stages of the Somme campaign on the Western Front.  Book  at www.thehiveworcester.org

Armistice Remembrance Service and Poppy Drop

Sunday 11 November
Location: Worcester Cathedral, 8 College Yard, Worcester WR1 2LA
Admission: FREE

A day of remembrance at Worcester Cathedral and Cathedral Square.

  • 6am – ‘The Battle’s Over: a Nation’s tribute’ lone piper playing at the Cenotaph
  • 10am – Remembrance Sunday Service, followed by the wreath-laying service at the war memorial
  • 11am – Two-minute silence
  • 11.02 am – Poppy drop opposite the Cenotaph
  • 11.15am - Procession to the Guildhall where the Lord Lieutenant and the Mayor will take the salute as the Remembrance parade marches past
  • 12-4pm – half muffled peal of bells on the harmonic minor for Remembrance Sunday, Armistice and the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War. 

Armistice Activities

11 November, 11am – 4pm
Location: Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum, Foregate St, Worcester WR1 1DT
Admission: FREE but book by calling 01905 25371.

Live music, WWI letters and hands on craft activities. Suitable for families.

Timed activities include: 

  • 1055:  Art Gallery & Museum opens (just before minute’s silence)
  • 1100-1500: Children’s crafts – poppy making
  • 1200: Performance of Harvey’s War Letters. Performed by the Cavan Trio- Janine Parsons (piano), Corinne Frost (cello) and Helena Cavan (composer/poet), Harvey’s War Letters is a remarkable and moving programme of music and poetry inspired by letters sent from the trenches by Harvey George Frost (1893-1974) - all the more poignant when noted that Corinne is Harvey’s granddaughter. With additional music by Elgar, Granados, Butterworth and Piazzolla.
  • 1500: Bugler followed by poppy drop inside the Museum & Art Gallery.

Quiet Revolution: gentle heroism on the home front

  • Sunday 11 November, 2.30pm at The Guildhall, High Street, Worcester, WR1 2EY
  • Sunday 11 November, 6pm at Fort Royal Park, Worcester, WR5 2DJ (part of the Beacons of Light event)

Dancefest performs a poignant piece of dance theatre that highlights how the First World War fundamentally changed the roles of women.  Choreography by Marie Oldaker.

The performances are free; further details at: www.dancefest.co.uk/performances/quiet-revolution

WWI Beacons of Light

Sunday 11 November, from 6pm; beacon lighting at 7pm
Location: Top of Fort Royal Park

Admission: FREE

More than 1,000 Beacons of Light will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories as an act of commemoration.

Poetry readings and performances by Dancefest; bring a torch if you can.

Ringing out for peace

Sunday 11 November, 7.05pm
Location: Churches across Worcestershire
Admission: FREE

Battle’s Over – Ringing out for Peace. Simultaneous ringing of church bells across United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories as an act of commemoration.

 

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