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Rushcliffe VE Day 75th anniversary: Find out here what towns and villages have planned


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In May 2020, the UK marks the the end of WWII in Europe, a conflict which had an impact on millions of UK residents.

If you are in West Bridgford and want to submit any pictures / video of VE Day75 – or want us to come along to your road and take pictures according to social distancing – please let us know and email newsdesk@westbridgfordwire.com

Many Rushcliffe communities are outlining how residents can safely celebrate VE Day at home or virtually via features online, please see below.

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Due to COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings the Community Street Party originally planned in West Bridgford on Friday May 8 has unfortunately been cancelled. Similar events across the Borough will also not be possible.

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Bingham Community Events are holding a live Facebook event, along with The Royal British Legion and Bingham Heritage Trail Society on their Bingham Community Events page.

The event is supported by Bingham Town Council and Co-op.

They are encouraging residents to get involved by:

  • Having a socially-distanced garden party
  • Decorate with bunting or flags between May 7 and May 9
  • Join with the chorus of Rule Brittania from gardens and windows
  • Post photos of your day in the Facebook Page.
  • Take part in the quiz
  • Dance to the VE Day DJ

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The Keyworth Community Project are encouraging a picnic in the garden 1pm till 3pm on the day, followed by a sing along.

The project has also received funding from the County Council and Keyworth Show Committee to purchase some bunting which they have been distributing around the village.

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Keyworth residents are also encouraged to join in the VE Day 75th Anniversary Celebrations with a Stay at Home Street Party.

Decorate your house red, white and blue and enjoy a picnic in your front garden.

Commemorate the end of WW2 by celebrating with your family, friends & neighbours!

For more information, please visit the Parish Council website or Community Project Facebook Page.


Newton Village has announced a special competition for the best dressed house in Newton in honour of the ‘75th Anniversary VE Day Stay at Home Street Party’ on Friday May 8, which is being promoted nationwide, supported by the Royal British Legion and VE Day organisations.

Newton Parish Council has kindly made a generous donation for competition prizes to show its support for this community event!

There are two top prizes on offer, plus five runner up prizes. One of the top prizes will be awarded to the best dressed house based on a modern day ‘Make do and Mend / Recycling’ theme using items you already have at home or have sourced second-hand locally!

So Newton residents are encouraged to get, their VE Day creativity flowing and have a Stay at Home Party to commemorate the end of WW2!

If you wish to enter the competition, please submit your photographs by 2pm on 8th May by posting on WHIN and/or emailing them to Newtonnottingham@outlook.com along with your name and street. Lucky winners will be announced by 6pm on the 8th and prizes will be delivered contact free and following all hygiene controls.

Please help to spread the word to family and friends in Newton if you know of people who are not online!

If lockdown measures remain at current levels and the weather is kind on the day, we’d loved you to share pictures of any favourites spotted during your daily exercise, but please do remember to observe social distancing guidelines at all times.

Visit ‘What’s happening in Newton’ on Facebook to find out more or join the group.


Residents are being encouraged to decorate the outside of houses in red, white and blue and enjoy a picnic in their front garden on Friday, May 8.

Villagers are also hoping to see a return of ‘Raucous Ruddington’ at 3pm, where all residents make as much noise as they can to mark the occasion.

The village is also being asked to celebrate their role in the war as a community, which included being a host for evacuees.

It was home to the Ruddington Ordnance and Supply Depot which played a vital secret role of filling bombs from 1942 onwards. This area ultimately became the Rushcliffe Country Park.

The publication of Bombs to Butterflies, edited by Margaret Lawson, charts the history of this area of Ruddington and Rushcliffe.

It is available to read on the website of the friends of the Park.

It also mentions on page 37 the visit to the depot by Winston Churchill!


Residents in West Bridgford are invited to join a ‘Stay at Home Street Party’ to celebrate VE Day from 2pm to 4pm on Friday, May 8.

Decorate your house in red, white and blue and enjoy a picnic in your garden to get involved!

2pm – event begins with a two minute clap for Key Workers, followed by singing ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’. Residents are then encouraged to enjoy a picnic in their garden.

4pm – event ends by singing ‘We’ll Meet Again’.


National events you can follow on the day

Her Majesty The Queen will send a message to the nation to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day as a programme of national events will allow residents in Rushcliffe to remember and give thanks to the Second World War generation from the safety of their own homes.

The Royal British Legion will also conduct a programme of events for people to participate in from home and access the activities at www.rbl.org.uk/veday75

Here’s how you can follow the day:

11am: The official commemorations begin with a national moment of remembrance and a two minute silence. Please observe this at home or if doing so outdoors, ensuring you follow social distancing advice.

11.15am: A VE Day 75 livestream from the Legion available at www.rbl.org.uk/veday75 will share stories and memories from those who served and sacrificed during the Second World War, and recognising the difficulties people are experiencing today.

3pm: Why not join the tea at 3 campaign? Join others in a cuppa to celebrate the day!

There’s also chance to join in with The Nations Toast. Take part by raising a glass, cheering and clapping on your doorsteps and saying “To those who gave so much, we thank you.”

8pm: The Legion has partnered with the BBC to honour and celebrate the Second World War generation with an evening of memories and music from 8pm on BBC One.

9pm: The day will culminate in Her Majesty’s message to the nation on BBC One, the exact moment her father, King George VI, gave a radio address in 1945.

There will then be a national singalong of Dame Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’. You are encouraged to open your doors and join in with this national moment of celebration.

Other key points The Royal Family will perform include:

  • His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales will read an extract from King George VI’s diary from 8 May 1945 which describes the day including The Royal Family’s iconic Buckingham Palace balcony appearances.
  • The Royals, the Prime Minister and the Culture Secretary will take part in a series of video calls with Second World War veterans and those who served on the Home Front.
  • As part of special BBC programming, extracts from Sir Winston Churchill’s victory speech will recreate the moment peace in Europe was announced 75 years ago at 3pm and the Prime Minister will speak about the importance of VEDay.
  • The Archbishop of Canterbury will record a special reflection and moment of prayer for VE Day.
  • NHS Volunteer Responders will be deployed to give a number of Second World War veterans a call and provide an opportunity to share their stories.


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