100 years ago the First World War ended, and a new world began. The example and experience of those who lived through it shaped the world we live in today. In 2018 The Royal British Legion is leading the nation in saying Thank You to all who served, sacrificed and changed our world. More than one million Service men and women gave their lives in the First World War so that future generations could live theirs. You can pay your respects at a local event, find amazing stories and information online at www.britishlegion.org.uk and thank those who served, sacrificed and changed our world.
Here are just some of the events taking place locally:
Remembrance Concert at St Mary’s Priory Church, Chepstow
Sunday 4th November, 3pm
The town has assembled the Chepstow Choral Society, the Buglers of 1 Rifles, a solo violinist, Children of Chepstow School and a number of local personalities who will read previously unseen letters from the front line and poems of the time, all interspersed with relevant musical pieces by The Choral Society.
Standards will be presented and medals may be worn. This will be both a reflective and uplifting occasion for everyone present, many of whom will wish to remember those who fell or were injured in that war.
Entrance will be free, although there will be a retiring collection for voluntary donations to the Armed Forces charity, SSAFA. Do make sure that the elderly are informed since you may wish to help them attend.
In common with people throughout the land, Chepstow will be commemorating the end of World War I and we hope that you will be able to join this unique event.
Chepstow Remembrance Day & Parade Service 2018
Chepstow High Street – 10.45am & St. Mary’s Priory Church 11.15am
For more information, please contact Chepstow Town Council on 01291 626370.
Chepstow Remembrance Day 2018, Commemorative Beacon lighting
Sunday 11 November 7pm Chepstow Rugby Club
Lighting of the commemorative beacon. Grounds open to the public at 6.45.
Forest of Dean
Coleford Parade and Service of Remembrance, 11 November 2018
Sunday 11th November, Coleford town centre from 10:20am
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1, Coleford Town Council and the Coleford Branch of the Royal British Legion Invite all members of the community to join them for an open air Service of Remembrance held in Coleford Town Centre.
A parade will leave High Street at 10:20am, pass through town – along St
John Street – Bank Street and then re-enter Market Place to assemble for the service which will commence around 10:45am at the clock tower.
Lydney Remembrance Day 2018, Lighting of Commemorative Beacon
Sunday 11th November, The Mesne, Primrose Hill, Lydney
- 6:30pm Assemble at the Mesne
- 6:40pm Blessing
- 6:45pm Reading of the names of the Fallen
- 6:55pm Sounding of the Last Post
- 7:00pm Lighting of the Beacon
Please note: there is very limited parking, please make your own way to The Mesne.
Newent Remembrance Sunday 11 November 2018
10am St Mary’s Church
- 9.30am Parade gathers in the Civic Car Park
- 9.40am Parade departs to march through the town
Service begins at 10.00am and includes:
- A reading of the Roll of Honour at the War Memorial
- Observing of 2 minutes silence at 11.00am
Usk and Magor
WW1 100 year anniversary concert with Usk Brass Band
Usk Memorial Hall, Saturday 10th November 7.30pm
Adults £10, Children £5 & concessions.
A musical tribute to past and present service men and women, with guest speakers.
Remembrance Service at Usk Castle
Sunday 11th November at 10.30am
Usk Royal British Legion service
St Mary’s Priory Church, Usk at 3pm
The 3pm service will be preceded by a parade from the British Royal Legion along Bridge Street.
Magor Remembrance, Sunday 11th November 10.45am
Act of commemoration in Magor square, followed by a Service of Remembrance in St Mary’s Parish Church.
Ross-on-Wye Remembrance Service 2018
10.45am Act of Remembrance at the Prospect, followed by
11.15am Remembrance Service in St Mary’s
Ross-on-Wye ‘Battle’s Over’ Commemoration 11 November
The Prospect, Ross-On-Wye
18.00 Concert with Allegra Ladies’ Choir
The Allegra Ladies Choir from Newport will give a short concert in the church.
18.35 Walk to the Prospect
The piper leads the people to the Prospect with the traditional lament played at the end of battle, Battle’s O’er.
18.50 Introduction and Prayer for Peace
The Reverend Simon Tarlton, Curate of St Mary’s.
18.55 The Last Post
We join over 1000 individual Buglers at WW1 Beacons of Light locations across the Nation and UK Overseas Territories in sounding this historic tribute.
19.00 WW1 Beacons of Light
Deputy Lieutenant of Herefordshire, the Reverend Prebendary Kay Garlick will light the beacon as over 1000 Beacons of Light symbolise an end to the darkness of war and a return to the light of peace.
19.03 Cake Cutting
The Mayor, Councillor Harry Bramer, will cut a celebration cake.
19.05 A Cry for Peace around the World
Over 100 Town Criers throughout the United Kingdom and abroad join together in an International Cry for Peace around the World.
Monmouth Remembrance Sunday 11th November 2018
For more information about a series of events in November, see www.shirehallmonmouth.org.uk
As the culmination of 10 days of events in and around Monmouth, the plans for Armistice Day itself are as follows:
10:30am – Shire Hall – ARMISTICE ANNOUNCEMENT
100 years ago the then mayor of Monmouth William Sambrook announced to the town the official end of WW1. Soldiers from the RMRE sang, the union flag was unfurled, a bugler played and the mayor stood on top of a car in Agincourt Square to declare an end to the hostilities. 100 years on we re-create aspects of this event to mark the official start of Remembrance Day.
11am – REMEMBRANCE SERVICE
The Remembrance parade will leave Monnow Bridge at 10.30am and proceed to The Shire Hall, where joined by The Town Mayor, it will proceed to St James Square. All are invited to line the route. The service of Remembrance and two minute silence at the War memorial will be followed by a further service at St Mary’s Priory Church.
2pm – WW1 COSTUMED WALK
Young people from Monmouth step back in time to take on the characters of a variety of Monmouth people. On this one hour walk you will hear the stories of a Lusitania survivor, nurses and soldiers, an army doctor and the Monmouth postmankilled during the Christmas Day truce.(Booking Required. The walk begins at Shire Hall)
7pm – LIGHTING OF COMMEMORATIVE BEACON
After darkness has fallen, Beacons of Light will be lit throughout the United Kingdom in remembrance of the end of the war and the millions who were killed or came home dreadfully wounded. This will also commemorate the huge army of men and women on the home front who underpinned the war effort – keeping the wheels of industry turning and bringing home the harvests. The beacons will symbolise the light of hope that emerged from the darkness of war. The Town Mayor will light one of over 1000 Beacons of Light across the UK. Please look for the Beacon from Monmouth, as access to The Kymin will be closed. Access on foot only to The Kymin, no parking will be available.