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Rushcliffe Arena turns red for remembrance


Rushcliffe Arena will turn red each evening until Remembrance Sunday to remember the 504 men and women from Rushcliffe who lost their lives in World War One.

Rushcliffe Borough Council has turned the lights red at the arena in memory of the 504 Rushcliffe men and women who died in World War One.

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Poppy Art Exhibition, Rushcliffe Arena

Inspired by the Tower of London’s famous ‘Blood Swept Sands and Seas of Red’ installation an exhibition of remembrance poppies will be held at Rushcliffe Arena in West Bridgford from 26 October to 16 November 2018.

Mayor Cllr Mrs Maureen Stockwood with artist Belinda Poon and local school children

World War One Remembrance Walks

On Sunday 11 November join Rushcliffe Ramblers for two “Remembrance Walks”.

Walk No. 1
Start Place: Meet at the Clifton South park and ride car park (free)
Start Time: 10:30am
Estimated Finish: 2.30pm
Grid Ref: SK542344 [OS Map]
Latitude: 52.90475 Longitude: -1.194866
Postcode: NG11 8BF [709 metres N]
Distance: 8mile / 12.9km
National Grade: Moderate Pace: Moderate

Walk No. 2
Start Place: Roadside Manor Road,
Barton in Fabis
Start Time: 10:30am
Estimated Finish: 1.15pm
Grid Ref: SK523332 [OS Map]
Latitude: 52.89416 Longitude: -1.223305
Postcode: NG11 0AA [537 metres N]
Distance: 5mile / 8.1km
National Grade: Moderate Pace: Moderate

For more information about the walks visit www.rushclifferamblers.org

Both walks will pause at 11 am for a minute’s silence on the new footpath which runs parallel to Remembrance Way (A453)

Armistice Services 2018

On Sunday 11 November 2018 a series of national public commemorations will take place across the UK to mark the end of World War One. The events are being coordinated by the Queen’s Pageantmaster Bruno Peak and will include:

6am – Battle’s O’er

The sound of bagpipes will fill the air as over 1000 individual pipers will play Battle’s O’er – a traditional air played by pipers after a battle. Heralding the start of the day’s commemorations, they will play the haunting tune outside churches and cathedrals, in market squares and muddy fields, on hilltops and high streets, in valleys and village greens across the whole of the UK. If you would like to register as a piper please email battlesoer@collegeofpiping.org giving you name, address, telephone and location you will be playing.

6.55pm – The Last Post

In association with the Air Training Corps, Army Cadet Force, Sea Cadet Force, Boys’ Brigade and the Light Infantry Buglers Association, the Last Post will be played at many of the 1,000 WWI Beacon sites throughout the United Kingdom, involving young people and others paying their personal tribute to those that gave their lives during World War I.

7pm – Beacons of Light

Beacons will be lit across the UK in commemoration of the end of WWI and to symbolise the ‘light of hope’ that emerged from the darkness of war. This is a commemoration inspired by a comment made on 3rd August 1914 by Britain’s Foreign Minister, Sir Edward Grey. He was looking out of his office window at dusk as gas lights were being lit along London’s Mall when he remarked to a friend, “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.”

7.05pm – Ringing out for Peace

As beacons blaze around the country, bells in 1,000 churches and cathedrals will ring out in celebration of the end of the First World War. The stirring sound of church and cathedral bells will provide a fitting conclusion to a day of contemplation, commemoration as our country and other nations reflect on events a century ago on the battlefields of Europe.

For more details about these Armistice events and how you can get involved visit https://tinyurl.com/brunopeak or speak to your local parish council, Royal British Legion branch organiser or church.

NOTE: If you are planning a parade in Rushcliffe as part of an Armistice event guidance can be found in Nottinghamshire County Council and Notts Police’s Parades in Nottinghamshire guidance pack

Other Commemorative events

Granby, Barnstone and District Branch of the Royal British Legion are holding a Poppy Art Exhibition on September 29/30 at Granby Village Hall showcasing competiton entries from local residents, schools and groups. The winners will be announced at 3pm on Sunday September 30.

Sponsored quarter peals bell ringing at Cropwell Bishop Church, Saturday October 27 at 3pm. The bells will be rung continaully for two hours as part of the charity effort that will also commemorate the 1,400 bellringers who lost their lives in the conflict.

Sponsored quarter peals bell will also be ringing at Granby All Saints Church on Saturday November 3 at 3pm. As at Cropwell Bishop, the bells will be rung for two hours and part of the ringers’ raising funds.


Friends of the Hook and All Hallows Church in Lady Bay, West Bridgford are holding an event at 2pm on Sunday 11 November at the Hook, Lady Bay.

This is taking place on the path from Holme Grove to the river, along which has been planted 18 native black Poplars by Friends of the Hook. The event will include a reading of a list of Lady Bay people who served in the War, music and poetry readings.

There will be a large display of knitted poppies in All Saints Church, Cotgrave from November 3 to 10. The Church will be open between 2 pm and 4 pm each day. Refreshments available.

Many people have been busy knitting poppies and it is anticipated that approximately 4,000 will be on display. On Sunday 3 November a concert will be held in All Saints Church as part of the Royal British Legion ‘Thank You’ campaign. The Radcliffe Male Voice Choir will entertain with a variety of songs, both old and new and refreshments will be served. Tickets cost £10 and are available from John Ludlam on 0115 989 9094.

Bingham Musical Theatre Club present World War One commemorative play The Suicide Club at Bingham Methodist Church, NG13 8AE, on Saturday, November 3 with performances at 3 pm and 7.30pm. Written by Lincolnshire playwright and poet Darren Rawnsley, tickets are available at https://www.binghammusicaltheatrecompany.co.uk/

Silhouettes of soldiers from WW1 will start to appear in and around Cotgrave during the run-up to Armistice Day on November 11. Each will represent one of the 14 who died between 1914 and 1918 from Cotgrave. There will also be 15 in Colston Bassett and two in Owthorpe. Each silent soldier will have their number, rank, name and regiment emblazoned on his chest along with the date he died.

The Centenary commemorations will come to an end on 11 November with Cotgrave’s annual Remembrance Parade, which will consist of unformed organisations parading from Cotgrave Welfare to All Saints Church. A Wreath laying service will be held at Cotgrave’s War Memorial following the Church service.




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