On 11 November 2018, the nation will pay tribute to those that served during the First World War.  The Armistice was originally signed on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month at Compiegne in France, 1918.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice, and will recognise the significance of the end of the First World War, and the sacrifice made by so many men and women during the war.


Allington Community Choir will be singing songs and doing reading from World War 1 and 2 on Friday 9th November between 3.00 and 3.45pm in appreciation of those who served during these conflicts in whatever capacity. It will be held in Allington Village Hall, admission free. Please come along and support them, we will be collecting for the Royal British Legion.  More info….



Remember those who served at Belton Park Camp as we commemorate the end of the First World War.

Free admission.

During the evening, The Last Post will sound the start of a two-minute silence before a descendant of one of Belton’s gardeners killed in 1918 lights the beacon.

The café will be serving hot pulled pork sandwiches and other light refreshments.

Belton House is very grateful for the support of the many different members of the community in creating this special evening of commemoration.

Gates will open at 18:15 and more information about the event can be found at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/belton-house

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October 1st – November 10th
  • Activity week at the Library – remembering the war
  • British Legion memorial poppies – shop window displays around Market Place and treasure hunt
  • Changing locations – “There but not There” installations of WW1 soldiers
Wednesday November 7th
  • 10:30am: Street naming ceremony, Barratts estate, Chapel Lane, Act of remembrance and Toot Hill Band Big Band
Thursday November 8th
  • 10:30am: British Legion – Recruitment Parade – Market Place
Friday November 9th
  • 9:30am-5:00pm: Bingham Heritage Trails Association commemoration exhibition, Methodist Centre
  • 7:00pm: BHTA Memorial concert, “Looking Back”, Methodist Centre – Bridge Singers, Armistice String Quartet, Cranmer Company of Singers, readings (war diaries and poems)
Saturday November 10th
  • 9:30am-4:00pm: Bingham Heritage Trails Association commemoration exhibition, Methodist Centre
  • 10:30am: British Legion – Recruitment Parade – Market Place
  • 10:30am: British Legion Act of Remembrance
  • 7:00pm: Methodist Centre; BHTA Memorial concert, Methodist Centre – “Looking Forward”, featuring Stormy Weather Boys, Vale Voices, Bingham School of Dance, Toot Hill School Big Band.
Sunday November 11th
  • 10:30am: Armistice Day Parade and service of remembrance – from Market Place to Church. “At the Church, a Guard of Honour for those who did not return.”
  • 7:00pm: Town Council – Beacon of Light – Market Place

Beacons will be lit across the UK in commemoration of the end of WWI and to symbolise the ‘light of hope’ that emerged from the darkness of war. This is a commemoration inspired by a comment made on 3rd August 1914 by Britain’s Foreign Minister, Sir Edward Grey. He was looking out of his office window at dusk as gas lights were being lit along London’s Mall when he remarked to a friend, “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.”



A full day’s remembrance commencing at 6am from Bottesford Old School

0600 ‘Sleep in Peace’ – a dawn lament – Pipe Major Billy James, Procession from Bottesford Old School to Bottesford Village Green, Grantham Road

1000 ‘Ringing for Rememberance – muffled bells’, Bottesford Tower

1030 Rememberance Service, St Mary’s Church

1100 ‘Acts of Homage’ and ‘2 minutes silence’, St Mary’s Church

1200 ‘Celebrating Peace’ – chiming the Old School Bell, Beavers, Cubs & Scouts

1200 ‘Ringing for Peace’ – open bells – Bottesford Tower

1230 ‘Cry for Peace’ by the Guides & Scouts and Parish Rememberance, Bottesford Peace Memorial, The Sensory Garden, Grantham Road

1745 ‘Celebrating Peace’  chiming the old School Bell, Rainbows, Brownies & Guides

1810 ‘Lantern Peace Procession’ to the Parish Beacon led by Guides & Scouts. Members of the public please assemble in Church St, beside th Red Lion, at 6pm. All children under 12 to be accompanied by an adult. Please bring a lantern or torch and wear visible clothing. The route will be marshalled.

1855 ‘The Last Post’ played by Ian Holdsworth, Bottesford Beacon

1900 ‘Beacons of Light’ lighting the Bottesford Beacon

1905 ‘Ringing for Peace’ Bottesford Tower

1905 ‘A Cry for Peace Around the World’ Vic Martin, Parish Crier

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Lincoln will host a special remembrance service on Armistice Day this weekend as members of all three armed forces march through the city centre.  More info….

Some 90 military personnel from the Army, Navy and RAF will take part in one of the country’s most poignant celebrations on Saturday, November 10 with this year commemorating the centenary of the end of World War One.

It is believed to be the only event of its kind taking place over Remembrance Weekend according to the City of Lincoln Council.

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

From 10.30am troops from the three forces will march from St Martin’s Square past the city’s Guildhall, down the High Street, before stopping for a wreath-laying service at the War Memorial.

After the service, the troops will continue southward towards the Cornhill area of the city. Finally, the parade will be dismissed in City Square, marking the end of the event.

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Civi and International Partnerships Manager at City of Lincoln Council, Kate Fenn, said: “We are honoured to be hosting such a prestigious ceremony for the city of Lincoln.

“It is a very rare occasion for all three armed forces to parade together in public, so we are expecting lots of visitors to come to Lincoln to enjoy it.

“We have troops parading from the Royal Navy, RAF Waddington, RAF Scampton and the Royal Anglian Regiment.

“The city has a proud military past and will be the perfect setting for such a special ceremony.”

The Lincoln Armistice Service is an annual event organised by City of Lincoln Council with the help of the Royal British Legion.  More info…..


Timings for the parade and service are:

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10:00   Parade forms up at Chapel Street car park

10:20   Parade marches off

10:40   Parade ETA at St Mary’s Church

10:50   Start of Remembrance Service

11:40   Parade reforms in Burton Street

11:50   Wreath laying at the War Memorial

17:20  Mayor and Civic dignitaries to arrive at St Mary’s Parish Church

17:30  Performance of “The Armed Man – A Mass for Peace”

18:05  Refreshments

18:35 Short service of commermoration – Play Close

18:44 Names of those killed in action read out – Play Close

18:54 mayor to read “Tribute to the Millions” – Play Close

18:57  Last Post – Play Close

19:00 Lighting of the Beacon – Play Close

19:05 Battler’s Over – Ringing out for Peace – the bells of St Marys Church More info….


Sunday 11 November 2018

The remembrance parade will travel from London Road car park to the war memorial gardens.  An outdoor service will be held in the gardens prior to the main service in the Parish Church at 11.15am.

Newark Town Band will play during the service and accompany the parade as it marches out of church following the service.


On the eve of the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of 11 November 1918 the Choir of St. Mary’s Church, Nottingham, with the Orchestra of the Restoration mark this historic event with a performance of Verdi’s Requiem on Saturday 10 November 7:30pm.  More info….

In 1873 the Italian poet, novelist and national hero Alessandro Manzoni died. Verdi had been a lifelong admirer and was deeply affected by his death. He decided to write a Requiem in Manzoni’s memory, and began by re-working the Libera me which he had composed five years earlier.


Though it is Verdi’s only large-scale work not intended for the stage, the Requiem is unashamedly theatrical in style, with passages of great tenderness and simplicity contrasting with intensely dramatic sections. Writing at the time, the eminent conductor and pianist Hans von Bülow aptly described it as ‘Verdi’s latest opera, in church vestments’


St Mary’s Church in Nottingham
The first performance of the Messa di Requiem took place on 22nd May 1874, the first anniversary of Manzoni’s death, in St. Mark’s Church, Milan. Special permission had to be obtained from the Archbishop for the inclusion of the female choristers, who were hidden behind a screen and clad in full-length black dresses and mourning veils.


Though it was a successful performance, the restrained circumstances and prohibition against applause produced a somewhat muted reaction. In contrast, the second performance three days later, at La Scala Opera House, was received by the capacity crowd with tumultuous enthusiasm. The Requiem became an overnight sensation, and was equally ecstatically received at the many European performances that soon followed.


Its British premiere took place in May 1875 at the Albert Hall, conducted by Verdi himself, with a chorus of over 1000 and an orchestra of 140. One journalist described the work as ‘the most beautiful music for the church that has been produced since the Requiem of Mozart’.


For the performance in St Mary’s Church in Nottingham’s Lace Market, the church’s regular choir will be bolstered by former members to create a larger chorus. Joined by the church’s resident orchestra, the concert will be conducted by director of music, John Keys.


Soloists include Elisabeth Meister (soprano) and Bozidar Smiljanic (bass-baritone) both of whom are former choristers who have gone on to pursue professional singing careers.
Katie Stevenson mezzo-soprano Keith Halliday tenor are also soloists.


Tickets  (£15 – £13 concessions). are available from  Tickets:


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Rutland Poppy Project
The Rutland Poppy Project exhibition at Oakham Castle runs until 24th November (restricted access w/c 12th November).

The poppies will be available to buy from Oakham Castle, Rutland County Museum and Oakham Library from Monday 26th November 2018 for a suggested donation of £2 per poppy. A commemorative booklet about the project will also be available at a donation cost of £5.00 (which also includes one of the ceramic poppies). Proceeds will go to The Royal British Legion.  Pre-orders are not possible at present.

Sun, 11th November
Armistice Day Parade and Service of Remembrance – Oakham

Parade in High Street, Oakham; Service at All Saints Church, Oakham
Royal British Legion

11am Homage
2pm Parade
2.30pm Service

* Please note that Castle Lane, leading to the Castle will be closed from Monday 12th to Sunday 18th November for resurfacing.  The only public access will be via steps over the Castle Walls from Burley Road Car Park.  Visiting is strongly advised before 11th November *


Sunday 11 November 2018

Clergy, Choir and Congregation from Southwell Minster will be joining Royal British Legion members at Southwell Burgage Green War Memorial from 10.30am. All residents are invited to join them for the two minutes silence at 11am and Wreath Laying by representatives from RBL and Southwell Town Council together with other uniformed groups. The parade will then move to the Southwell Minster for the Main Service and afterwards to the War Memorial at the Recreation Ground gates where the RBL will lay a wreath. More info


Sunday 11 November 2018

From 11 am, the War Memorial, Victoria Embankment on Sunday 11 November 2018.

The traditional two minutes silence and wreath laying will take place at 11am. Download the entire event programme here.

Battle’s Over – A Nation’s Tribute

From 6.30pm on Sunday 11 November

To conclude a day of national commemorations on Armistice Day, beacons will be lit in cities, towns and villages the length and breadth of the UK and beyond. Nottingham’s beacon will be placed in front of the imposing 1927 war memorial.

This family-friendly event will include sound and lightscapes, poetry and music in a moving tribute to Nottingham and Nottinghamshire’s 14,000 men and women who lost their lives.

The Nottingham beacon will be lit at 7 pm, following which church bells will ring out as they did on this night, 100 years ago.