Lord-Lieutenant Announces Rutland’s WW1 Commemorations
Dr Sarah Furness, the Lord-Lieutenant for Rutland has announced the county's commemoration programme for the WW1 Armistice Centenary.
The programme of events will run throughout October and November and has been coordinated by the Lord-Lieutenant’s WW1 Committee, which is made up of community representatives from across Rutland.
- Remembrance 100 Exhibition: Reflections and Legacies at Rutland County Council Museum: October 10 to January 12. This twelve week exhibition examines how the end of the First World War was commemorated and celebrated nationally and in Rutland. It looks at local memorials, the erection of new buildings following Armistice and what life was like for returning service men: www.rutlandcountymuseum.org.uk;
- The Rutland Poppy Project Display: Over the past year schools, groups and individuals from across Rutland’s communities have come together to create more than 10,000 ceramic poppies which will be displayed in the grounds of Oakham Castle from October 21. www.facebook.com/Rutlandpoppyproject;
- Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment Concert to launch the 2018 Poppy Appeal: To be held at Uppingham School Memorial Hall on October 13. Tickets are £17.50 and can be purchased from: www.wegottickets.com/event/446168;
- Rutlanders Return Community Play: Written by Andy Barrett about Rutland after World War 1, the Heritage Lottery funded project depicts stories of the lives of the people of Rutland after 1914. The play will be performed on October 25 at Rutland County Museum, October 26 at Kendrew Barracks, October 27 at North Luffenham Village Hall and Uppingham Town Hall, and finally on October 28 at Rutland County Museum. Tickets are free and need to be reserved at: www.a4r.org.uk/event/5184/;
- Illuminated churches of Rutland: Churches across Rutland will be illuminated with red lights from November 1 to 12;
- Field of Remembrance: Remembrance crosses will be planted at All Saints Church in Oakham featuring the names of each Rutland resident who gave their lives from November 5 to 16;
- Uppingham Town Hall Weeping Window: Poppies knitted by Uppingham WI will be installed in the window of Uppingham Town Hall from November 1 to 16;
- WW1 Artefacts Exhibition: Local Artefacts from World War 1 will be displayed at the church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Uppingham;
- Concert of Remembrance and Hope: The Cottesmore Military Wives Choir and Uppingham Choral Society will be performing at Uppingham Parish Church on November 10 at 7pm, tickets are £10 from Uppingham Sports and Books;
- 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, November 10 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.
On Armistice Day, Sunday, November 11, there will be:
- An Armistice Day parade in Uppingham at 9.30am and Service of Remembrance at Uppingham St Peter and St Paul Church at 10am;
- an Armistice Day parade through Oakham High Street at 2.00pm and Service of Remembrance at Oakham All Saints Church at 2.30pm;
- Adam Lowe will be providing a “We Will Remember Them” talk from 1.00pm at The Falcon in Uppingham;
- 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 candle flame procession from The Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Uppingham from 6.45pm; and
- Beacons will be lit in Oakham, Uppingham, Barnsdale, Barrowden and Ketton at 7.00pm
In addition to the events throughout October and November, Oakham Town Council and Rutland County Council has installed silhouettes of Tommies outside Oakham Library and at Oakham Castle as part of the national installation of the Fallen called “There But Not There”.
The Tommies will also form part of the Poppy Project display in the Castle grounds, with specially created large iron horseshoes to symbolise the sacrifice made by Rutland during the Great War.
The playing field off Barleythorpe Way in Oakham will be launched on November 10 as a Centenary Field, to provide a quiet place of reflection for the community.
Lord Lieutenant for Rutland, Dr Sarah Furness, said: “As a military county I am certainly not surprised by the level of commemoration that our community is providing for Armistice.
It has been a true honour to work with people of all ages to bring forward such a fitting tribute for those Rutlanders who gave their lives so that we could have a future.
“The coming weeks are a culmination of a year of hard work by individuals and groups from across the county, and I would personally like to thank them all for their dedication and commitment and encourage the people of Rutland to take part in the wide range of events that have been organised.”
For further information and to view the full programme of events, visit the dedicated Rutland Remembers website, which was established with the support of the National Lottery, Heritage
Lottery Fund, Rutland County Council and the Lord Lieutenant of Rutland to commemorate the men and women of Rutland who served and died during World War 1: Rutland Remembers.
“Rutland and the Great War”, published by the Lord-Lieutenant’s Committee, is available to purchase from Rutland County Museum and Oakham Castle. This fully illustrated 244 page book was
produced by George Phillips in 1920 to record the lives of those who served their country, and copies were given to the families of all those who died. It contains biographies of the fallen, Rolls of
Honour, and details of the activities undertaken in the County to support the war effort.
Engage with the Rutland Remembers commemorations on twitter and Facebook using the hashtags #rutlandremembers and #LLCommemorates.