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Remembrance events planned across Stamford, Bourne, the Deepings and Rutland

Communities will join together at the weekend to commemorate those who fought and died in the First World War.

Members and supporters of the Royal British Legion have had an overwhelming response to their annual Poppy Appeal in this centenary year.

The 100th anniversary has seen people from all walks of life embrace the spirit of remembrance with knitted poppies adorning shop fronts, schools and public buildings around the area.

Children at St Augustine's Primary School in Stamford with their poppy display
Children at St Augustine's Primary School in Stamford with their poppy display

Silent Tommy silhouettes stand proudly in towns and villages, including Langtoft graveyard which has 11 silhouettes.

The Market Deeping community is particularly pleased to see the return of a memorial at the Remembrance Gardens after its figure was vandalised. Metalworker Mickey Culff has created a new sculpture which will be a permanent feature.

Chairman of Langtoft, Deeping and District Royal British Legion, Phil Dilks, said: “Thankfully some goodness has come out of the bad. Mickey’s efforts restore your faith in humanity.”

Pupils at St Augustine’s Primary School in Stamford made poppies from recycled bottles to decorate the entrance to their school.

This weekend will be the culmination of commemorative events with concerts, exhibitions and services taking place.

The opening of the Garden of Remembrance in Bourne
The opening of the Garden of Remembrance in Bourne

- In Stamford the remembrance parade will move off from Star Lane at 10.50am for a service at the war memorial in Broad Street with a poignant poppy drop from the balcony of Browne’s Hospital.

- The Garden of Remembrance has opened in Bourne. The town’s parade leaves the bus station at 10.15am on Sunday. There will be a service at the war memorial in South Street at 10.45am followed by a service at Bourne Abbey Church.

- In Uppingham there will be a parade at 9.30am followed by the service of remembrance at St Peter and St Paul’s Church at 10am.

- The Oakham parade starts in High Street at 2pm followed by a service at All Saints’ Church at 2.30pm.

- In Market Deeping the parade will leave Market Place at 9.40am and proceed to St Guthlac’s Church for a service.

- A parade will also take place in Deeping St James, leaving the leisure centre at 2.30pm for the service at Priory Church.

Remembrance sculptures in Langtoft
Remembrance sculptures in Langtoft

A veterans’ parade will also take place in Wittering for the first time following a service at All Saints’ Church at 10.15am.

Mobility scooter users are urged to visit Scotgate Mobility which is selling bigger poppies to display on their scooters.

Friday, November 9

* Poppy Appeal coffee morning at Stamford Town Hall, 10am - 12pm

* Exhibition on the First World War, Stamford Arts Centre, 10am-4pm, until Monday

* Remembrance 100 exhibition, Rutland County Museum on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 10am-4pm

* Exhibition at Barnack Village Hall, until Sunday, 10am-8pm

Saturday, November 10

* In Flanders Fields poetry and music by The Muston Brass Quintet, Village Voices and Bythams Choir, Little Bytham Church ,3pm. Tickets from Jonathan Hill on 01778 590637.

* Call Over, a play based on Uppingham during the war, 7.30pm, Uppingham School chapel. Free tickets from 01572 820705

* Exhibition at Bourne Town Hall, 11am - 3pm

* Exhibition at St Andrew’s Church, West Deeping, until Sunday

* Exhibition of First World War uniforms and artefacts at Baldock’s Mill, Bourne, daily from 2-4pm until November 25

* Concert of Hope and Remembrance with Uppingham Choral Society, Uppingham Church Choir and Cottesmore Military Wives Choir, Uppingham Church, 7pm. Tickets £10 from Uppingham Sports and Books

* Wartime exhibition, St John The Baptist Church, Baston

* Remembrance football match at Welland Academy, Stamford, 2pm

* Service of remembrance, Easton-on-the-Hill war memorial, 10.30am

* Exhibition and tea room, Easton-on-the-Hill village hall, 11.30am - 4.30pm

* Stamford Brass, Blue Bell, Easton-on-the-Hill, during the afternoon

* Elgar’s Spirit of England service, Barn Hill Methodist Church, Stamford, 7.30pm

* Faure’s Requiem by Fergus Black, All Saints’ Church, Stamford, 5pm

Sunday, November 11

* All age worship at 9.30am at St Mary’s Church, Manton

* Uppingham’s 461 - a sound and art installation featuring the Uppinghamians who died in the First World War. 3-5pm, Uppingham School chapel

* Music For Remembrance, 7pm, Uppingham School chapel, no tickets required.

* Exhibition at Bourne Town Hall, 12-4pm

* Beacon lighting at Recreation Ground, Stamford, 6.30pm

* Beacon lighting, Barnsdale Lodge Hotel with poetry from 6pm

* Beacon lighting, Corby Glen village green, 7pm

* Exhibition at St Guthlac’s Church, Market Deeping,12-4

* Exhibition and war-time tea room, Easton-on-the-Hill village hall, 11am-4pm

* Lantern procession, Easton-on-the-Hill war memorial at 4pm followed by music and poetry outside the church

* Beacon lighting at Barnack cricket pitch, 6.45pm

* We Will Remember Them talk by Adam Lowe, The Falcon, Uppingham, 1pm

* A family film based on the First World War, St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Uppingham, at 1pm followed by Journeys End at 3pm

* Lantern walk from All Saints’ Church, Oakham, at 4.30pm

* Lantern walk from All Saints’ Church, Easton-on-the-Hill, at 4pm

* Candle procession at St Peter and S. Paul’s Church, Uppingham, at 6:45pm

Monday, November 12

* Display of artwork, poetry and prose by schoolchildren in shop windows on Ironmonger Street, Stamford, until November 13

Sunday, November 18

* Royal British Legion service of thanksgiving, remembrance and rededication at All Saints’ Church, Stamford, at 5pm

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