This weekend marks 100 years since the end of World War One and Buckinghamshire residents are being invited to come out and show their respects for the brave generation of men and women whose lives were affected by the devastating four year conflict.
Across Buckinghamshire services and parades will take place on Sunday 11 November. Local councils have relaxed the parking fees in many town centre car parks to help visitors attending these events.
In Wendover there will be a parade at 2.30pm on the High Street/Manor Waste, and laying of the wreaths at the War Memorial during the parade. Before that, the local churches are holding special remembrance services earlier in the day. St Mary’s Combined Parish Communion Service starts at 10am with a 2 minute silence at 11am and calling the Roll of Honour.
In Aylesbury a host of events have been planned jointly between local councils together with the Royal British Legion and other partners, starting from 6am:
- 6am – a lone piper will sound out the tune of The Battle’s O’er at the War Memorial in Market Square
- 11am – the usual Remembrance Day Service and Parade will take place
- 12.30 – Armistice bell ringing – churches across the county will ring out their bells in unison
- 1pm to 4pm – Free Thank You event at The Gateway (details below)
- 5.30pm – a special church service will take place at St Mary’s Church
- 6.55pm – a bugler will perform The Last Post in Market Square
- 7pm – a Beacon of Light will be lit in Market Square
- 7.05pm – the bells at St Mary’s Church will ring out for peace
During the afternoon on 11 November a special, free, Thank You event will take place at The Gateway in Aylesbury. Suitable for the whole family, the event will transport you back to the World War One era with live music and poetry readings, war displays and artefacts, war time ration lunches and afternoon teas.
Performers include the Halton Military Wives Choir, the Rockabella’s, J’s Joyful Divas and the Royal British Legion Buckinghamshire Band. Poetry readings will take place throughout the afternoon including readings of ‘One for the Team’, a poem written by Aylesbury resident, Debbie Lawson, which won a national competition. Debbie, an A&E nurse at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, wrote the poem after working as a volunteer with veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Her work with one particular veteran who was stationed in Afghanistan inspired the poem which was pronounced the winner of the Poem to Remember competition earlier this year. You can read the poem and find out more about the competition on the Defence and National Rehabilitation website: https://www.thednrc.org.uk/whats-happening-on-now/we-are-fundraising/a-poem-to-remember.aspx
Although the Gateway event is free, tickets must be obtained in advance and time is running out. You can book your free tickets online at: www.buckscc.gov.uk/wwi-event. Alternatively go into the Royal British Legion pop in shop in Aylesbury High Street or pick up tickets from the Main Reception at the AVDC offices at the Gateway.
Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, who has been closely involved in the events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ending of World War One said: “Look around at the moment and you cannot fail to see some sort of tribute to World War One. It is wonderful to see residents in towns and villages across the county showing their respect and remembering the huge sacrifices that were made by the men and women of that generation.
“We mustn’t forget that Remembrance Sunday honours all the men and women of our armed forces across all conflicts that have taken place and are still taking place across the world. However in 2018 it is only right that we look back 100 years to reflect on the poignant moment when one of the most devastating conflicts in history was brought to an end.
“I would urge everyone to take a moment to reflect and give thanks to those who sacrificed so much on our behalf. Show your support and appreciation by attending one of the many events taking place across the county.”