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All over the country there be events to mark 100 years since the end of the Great War.  At 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month 1918 the guns fell silent and fighting stopped.

They shall grow not old,  as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them,  nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the  sun and in the morning,

We will remember them.

Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943)

Below are some of the centenary armistice events that will take place in our towns and villages, varying from concerts, services to exhibitions.


Saturdays 3rd, 10th & 17th November will see a poppy display at Denford church from 12noon to 4pm, showing the community's tribute of over 2000 poppies, made from re-used wool and fabric, recycled plastic and wood.  Refreshments will be served and donations will be sent to Headley Court military rehabilitation centre.


Remembrance Day Service at Spanhoe Airfield Memorial on Sunday 11th November at 11am on the Harringworth to Laxton Road.  Parade will leave Gretton Recreation Ground at 2.45pm, followed by Remembrance Day Service at St James Church at and wreath laying at the War Memorial.  Details from 01536 770784.


Saturday 10th November will see an 'All Quiet on the Western Front’ WW1 Armistice Centenary Exhibition at St. Peter’s Church, Isham, from 10am to 5pm.  There will be displays, wartime memorabilia, a model of WW1 trench system, slide show, wartime music and songs, etc.  The 'Café Area’ will be serving drinks and cakes, and a Children's area is available for younger visitors.  Free entry but donations in support of the Royal British Legion and St. Peter’s Church will be most welcome.   On Sunday 11th November there will be a 9am Service of Remembrance at the church, followed by the exhibition from 10am to 4pm.

Kelmarsh Hall

Kelmarsh Hall hosts a special WW1 centenary event from Wednesday 7th through Friday 9th November from 10.30am to 1.30pm to commemorate those who served.  A local school and community groups, who along with Kelmarsh Hall’s own volunteers have helped us create a fitting back-drop, with knitted poppies, a life-size war horse and trench recreation, a display of hand-crafted commemorative quilts and letters from the front, will be joining the event.  After the event, visitors are welcome to enjoy a free-flow visit around the Hall, Servant’s Quarters and Old Laundry. Tickets on each day cost a minimum of £5 donation or £12 including a war-time themed lunch. All profits go towards Unicef, War Horse Memorial or the Royal British Legion.  Please call 01604 686543 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book.

Little Addington

Little Addington has, once again, been selected as a WW1 Beacon of Light.  The beacon will be lit, alongside all the beacons countrywide simultaneously at 7pm on Sunday 11th November, in the field behind The Bell Inn, NN14 4BD.  Raunds Temperance Brass Band will officiate and play suitable olden day time tunes during the evening.  A huge fireworks display will take place, and food will be available from The Bell Inn.  Tickets are limited and entry by commemorative wristband only, available in advance at £2.50 from The Bell Inn on 01933 651700.  All profits to Royal British Legion, with a bucket collection as well on the night.  Details about the event from 07882 377 441. Oundle Sunday 11th November will see a Service of Remembrance at Oundle School Chapel at 10am.  At 2.15pm, Parade begins on New Street, with a 2.30pm Service at the War Memorial.  At 3pm there is a Service in St Peter’s Church, Oundle.


Pytchley Church Heritage Trust will arrange an exhibition commemorating the Centenary of the Armistice of WW1 at All Saints’ Church in Pytchley from Thursday 8th November at 7pm until the evening of Tuesday 13th November.    A History of the Forces of WW1 and WW2, including those who lost their lives and those who happily returned to their families, as well as an account on how the war affected the dayto-day life of Pytchley School.


1918-2018 “Then & Now” is a Heritage Lottery Funded project carried out by the Nene Valley Community Action over the past year.  The project has worked with schools, community groups and local volunteers to explore the changes in food, clothing, toys and schooling, as well as gathering information and stories about some of the men whose names appear on Rushden’s war memorial.  The exhibition will be open to the general public and will take place at 8 West Street, Rushden, NN10 0RT, Mondays to Thursdays, 10am to 2pm, throughout November.   It will also be opening on Saturday 10th November, 10am to 2pm.  All are welcome.  If you are interested in bringing a group to view the exhibition or would like any further information please telephone us on 01933 313526.


There are two returning features in Thrapston this Remembrance time: firstly “The Field of Remembrance” will be opened on Saturday 27th October with the first cross planted by the Town Mayor.  The field will remain open in Coronation Gardens until sunset on Remembrance Sunday 11th November.  Poppy crosses are available from all Poppy sellers and from Thrapston Town Council's Poppy Box for an appropriate donation as ever.

Secondly, following the 11am Remembrance Service at the New War Memorial on Sunday 11th November, there will be “The Walk of Remembrance” from the War Memorial to the Oundle Road Cemetery, where the five poppy crosses laid on the memorial during the service in memory of the five war dead who rest in the cemetery will be taken to the cemetery and placed on their respective graves.  At 2.45pm the Parade leaves The Plaza for a 3pm Town Remembrance Service at St James Church, to return to outside The Plaza, via Oundle Road and High Street, for 4pm.  A Beacon Lighting, organised by the Town Council, will take place at the Peace Park.

Warmington Benefice

On Armistice Day, the five churches in the Warmington Benefice will display personalised wreaths, one for each man who fought in the First World War.  Each wreath consists of five knitted poppies and leaves and a hand or machine embroidered name label.   More than 30 knitters and embroiderers from the locality and further afield came together to knit over 1,700 poppies and leaves.  These flowers will be a lasting tribute to the fallen soldiers and by embroidering on their names it ensures that their memory will never fade away.  The wreaths will be on display in Cotterstock, Fotheringhay, Southwick, Tansor and Warmington churches from Sunday 11th November.


On Saturday 10th November St Mary’s Church will be holding an afternoon of songs and poems from 2.30pm with light refreshments. Proceeds will go the Royal British Legion.


WW1 Commemorations 2018

WW1 Commemorations 2018

WW1 Commemorations 2018