This year marks the 100 years since the end of the First World War and here are the events across Stamford and Rutland commemorating the occasion.
Saturday 10th November
Armistice Day: A Blundering Six Hours Fighting on the last day of the First World War was a perfect metaphor for four years’ of senseless slaughter. Speaker Roger Edwards will be at Lyddington Village Hall at 6.30pm on Saturday 10th November to give a talk about the final hours of the final day. This is a free event with tickets available from the Old White Hart. Donations to The Royal British Legion are welcome
Easton on the Hill: Saturday 10th November A Celebratory Supper Dance **SOLD OUT** 7 for 7.30pm at the Blue Bell, Easton OTH, food and a 13 piece big band sound with vocalist from 8pm - tables of 10 for £400 - enquiries either Alex at the Blue Bell 01780 763003 or Ted Ford 01780 762502
Easton on the Hill Village Hall 10th and 11th November: Exhibition that will tell the story of villagers in the Great War, plus a war time tea room. Also hand knitted poppies and outdoor film display of war footage
Greetham: Great War 100 concert, remembering the 12 from the village who died in WW1 - music and readers all from Greetham - 7pm at the church - all welcome on Saturday 10th Nove
A display of children's poetry, prose and artwork in Ironmonger St, Stamford from 11th - 18th November
A Service of Thanksgiving at All Saints Church, Stamford. Thanksgiving for the end of the hostilities of WWI and later conflicts, remembrance of those who didn't return and dedication of the work of the Royal British Legion in Stamford on 18th November
On Armistice Day, Sunday 11th November 2018, there will be:
An Armistice Day parade in Uppingham at 9:30am from the town hall and Service of Remembrance at Uppingham St Peter & St Paul Church at 10:00am. Wreaths will be laid at South View/London Road following the service from 11am
A short service at Crown Walk in Oakham, gathering at 10.45 for the 11am Silence and Act of Remembrance, led by Revd Brian McAvoy
An Armistice Day parade and service in Oakham in the afternoon: the military and county representatives will form in Oakham market place at 2:00pm and head to the County Service of Remembrance at Oakham All Saints Church at 2:30pm. Following the service, wreaths will be laid at about 3.15 and straight after the parade will march from Church Street onto the High Street to the Market Place. The Lord Lieutenant will take the salute.
An Armistice Day parade through Stamford & Service of Remembrance at the War Memorial, Broad St at 11:00am by civil dignitaries, the Royal British Legion and other ex-service organisations, Stamford Cadet Group, members of HM Forces and the people of Stamford
A service in All Saints Church, Easton on the Hill at 9.30am, followed by a short commemoration service at the war memorial from 10.30am including the 2 minute silence
Remembrance Service at St John's Church Ryhall at 10.45 with unformed youth organisations, children and staff of Ryhall C of E Academy and a short service of holy communion
Gretton and District Royal British Legion Holding Branch at 11.00am Spanhoe Airfield (on the Harringworth to Laxton Road) a service and wreath laying ceremony at the USAAF memorial. Last year there was attendance of around 70 people and a convoy of WW2 military vehicles present.
At 2.45pm a parade will leave Gretton Recreation Ground led by Gretton Silver Band, representatives of village organisations, groups and residents for a Remembrance Day Service at St James Church starting at 3.00pm.
Afterwards the congregation will make its way to the War Memorial on the Village Green for the wreath laying ceremony. All welcome to both services.
Remembrance Day Service at Uffington St Michael and All Angels Church at 10.30 - silhouettes which are on display at Tallington Village Hall on 10th Nov will be taken there too
Adam Lowe will be providing a “We Will Remember Them” talk from 1:00pm at The Falcon in Uppingham
Remembrance Service at Essendine Village Hall from 2pm
A family film based on World War 1 will be played at The Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Uppingham from 1:00pm, followed by a showing of Journeys End at 3:00pm
A lantern walk from All Saints Church in Oakham to the Castle at 4:30pm
A lantern procession to All Saints Church in Easton on the Hill from 4pm
A performance of Faure's Requiem conducted by Fergus Black at All Saints Church Stamford at 5:00pm
A candle flame procession from The Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Uppingham from 6:45pm to the beacon
Battle's Over, beacon lighting commemorating 100 years since the end of WWI at Barnsdale Lodge Hotel, Exton on Sunday 11th November 2018 at 7pm. A beacon will be lit by Deputy Lieutenant of Rutland, Ed Burrows, as one of 1000 ‘Battle’s Over’ beacons being lit throughout the United Kingdom to symbolise the 'light of hope' that emerged from the darkness of World War I. You are welcome to join The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment for the evening with food and drink available from 6pm.
Beacons will be lit in Oakham (Cutts Close), Uppingham (Tod's Piece - a candle will be carried from the church at 6.40pm and Nick Barfield and David Snodin will then light the beacon at Tod's Piece - they both had relatives in the Great War), Barnsdale, Barrowden, Ketton (private event) and Stamford (Recreation Ground) at 7:00pm