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Charnwood 14-18

To commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War, there will be a number of events on Sunday November 11, 2018.

To see the Charnwood 14-18 leaflet - containing a full list of events and a handy map that shows where to be and when - click on the link below:

Below is the full programme of events for November 11:

Loughborough Remembrance Parade and Service (Market Place and Queen’s Park)
9:45am to 11:30am – Free
Annual Remembrance Day parade including a service at the Carillon where thousands of poppies will cascade from the top.

Two minutes silence at 11:00am

“Songster the Warhorse” decorated with poppies made by local school children. The Charnwood warhorse who served between 1914 and 1918 and remarkably made it back to the town safely will be at:
Queen’s Park – 10:00am to 11:30am
Market Street – 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Market Place – 1:45pm to 4:00pm

Unveiling of a Charnwood Heritage Plaque (Loughborough Town Hall)
11:30am to 11:45am – Free
Plaque unveiling at the Loughborough Town Hall commemorating the muster of troops going off to war.

WW1 Showcase (Market Place)
1:45pm to 4:00pm – Free
Entertainment throughout the afternoon will set the scene on the Big Screen for performances by Schools, the University, theatre groups, singers and storytellers. A Remembrance Wall (funded by the Market Traders) will feature named crosses for every fallen soldier in Charnwood, and street food will be available on Market Street throughout the day.

Tea Dance (Loughborough Town Hall)
2:30pm to 5:00pm – £12.50 per ticket
Tickets include afternoon tea and a traditional tea dance with the Ashby Tea Dance Band.

Beacon Lighting (Queen’s Park)
6:45pm to 7:20 pm – Free
Our Queen’s Park Beacon will be lit and a small ceremony will take place.

Carillon Recital (Queen’s Park)
7:10pm to 7:20pm – Free
Short Recital following the National Bell Peal.

Exhibitions and Workshops

Poppy display in Military Boots (Queen’s Park)
All day – Free

Community Poppy Cascade (Balcony of Loughborough Town Hall)
All day – Free
View over 3000 locally knitted and crocheted poppies commissioned by Love Loughborough BID and Purple Pumpkin Patch.

Arts, Memories and Emotion – WW1 Gallery Exhibition (Loughborough Town Hall)
11:00am to 5:00pm – Free
Highlights include the Loughborough Carillon Memorial quilt, a memory tree and original sheet music from 1918. There will also be a free drop-in quilt-making workshop on Sunday 11th November from noon to 4pm.

Charnwood Museum Remembers (Charnwood Museum)
11:00am to 3:00pm – Free Drop-in activity – help us to create our version of a stained glass window as part of the ‘A Century of Stories’ exhibition.

A Century of Stories (Charnwood Museum)
11:00am to 3:00pm – Free
Exhibition exploring the individual and shared legacies of the First World War as we commemorate the centenary of The Armistice within Charnwood.

Powerful Poppies (Charnwood Museum)
11:00am to 3:00pm – Free
Gallery game for children based on remembrance.

Exhibitions are running both before and after November 11. For further information, including times and dates, please visit the Loughborough Town Hall and Charnwood Museum websites.

The Armistice and Armed Forces communities programme

With communities across the United Kingdom starting to think about the centenary of the end of WW1 and how they can commemorate and bring people together, the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust are giving groups the chance to access silhouettes that bring to mind those who went to war and did not return. These silhouettes can bring a community together through an event, to remember, and to think about the Armed Forces Community today.

To find out more about the scheme and how to apply go to the Covenant Fund website.

National Bell Ringing on Remembrance Day – marking the Centenary of World War One at Loughborough Parish Church

The bells of All Saints’ with Holy Trinity Parish Church, Loughborough Parish Church will be rung on November 11 at 7pm to mark the Centenary of the end of World War One. The ringing will last approximately 30 minutes.

Around 1,400 bell ringers from across the UK lost their lives in the Great War and specially arranged bellringing has taken place across the country to mark the centenary of their deaths.

Three quarter peals, each around an hour long, have been rung at Loughborough Parish Church in memory of Arnold Bradley Taylor (died July 1916), John William Taylor III (died September 1916) and Gerard Bardsley Taylor (died September 1918), three of the four sons of Loughborough bellfounder John William Taylor II. Ringing has also taken place at John Taylor’s bell foundry in their honour.

The memory of bell ringers who lost their lives in the war can be honoured by becoming one of many new bell ringers across the country as part of the “Ringing Remembers” initiative. The aim is to recruit 1,400 new or returning bell ringers and for the bells of every church to be rung in commemoration on November 11.

More information about Ringing Remembers can be found via their website.

For more information about local ringing, and opportunities to learn, please contact Sally Brown via or 07891 380431.

Road closures and restrictions

Details of any road closures and restrictions can be found on the following webpage:

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