Remembrance 2018 – the 100th anniversary
Each year on 11 November, we remember all those who gave their lives in combat while serving their country.
This year takes on added significance as it marks, to the minute, the centenary of the implementation of the Armistice which brought the First World War to its conclusion on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 - The guns fell silent on the Western Front and after more than four years of unimaginable bloodshed and destruction, the war was finally over.
There have been a number events in the borough already marking this important anniversary. Here are some of the forthcoming activities organised by us or by others in the community to which you are invited.
Opening of the annual Garden of Remembrance by local school children and the Mayor
Monday 5 November at 11am, Bourne Hall Park
The Mayor will join local schoolchildren as they open the annual Garden of Remembrance within Bourne Hall Park. At least six local schools are to take part in remembering those who died in conflict. Many of the schools will be performing a short song or poem.
Epsom’s last fallen
Wednesday 7 November at 11am, Epsom Market Place
A small commemoration to mark the death of 32-year-old Trooper Frederick Watkins who was killed in action on 7 November 1918 at Avenses Le-Sec, the last of the 455 borough residents who were killed during WW1.
Saturday 10 November, 7pm
St Paul’s Howell Hill invite you to a free reception, exhibition and screening of the feature film, Journey’s End.
Book free places at www.saintpauls.co.uk/journeysend or call 07710 313749
Beacon of peace and hope
Sunday 11 November from 6pm, Bourne Hall Park
Join us as the Borough takes part in a national chain of beacons marking the end of the great war and the many millions who were killed or came home dreadfully wounded. The event will also commemorate the huge multitude of men and women on the home front who underpinned the war effort. Bourne Hall will hosts a small exhibition and there will be contributions by the Epsom Male Voice Choir, followed by the playing of the tune The Battle of the Somme and the Last Post. The beacons will symbolise the light of hope that emerged from the darkness of war, and we hope that you can join us in this important national commemoration.
Langley Vale Wood - Month of Remembrance
explore a special self-guided trail to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War. Throughout the trail you’ll discover fascinating facts about how Langley Vale Wood played an important part in troops’ preparations for battle, and how the local community were involved in the war effort. Share your reflections at the willow wreath sculpture in the tranquil surroundings of Langley Vale Wood.
There’s also an opportunity to meet the sculptor and learn about the about the willow wreath from 12-2pm on 4 November.
Download the trail map at: https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/wood-information/langley-vale-wood/trail-guide/
Remembrance Day Concert
Sunday 11 November, Epsom Playhouse
Prices from £11.50
The Central Band is the flagship band of The Royal British Legion. Under the baton of the energetic Captain David Cole, former Director of Music on HMY Britannia, the Central Band has established itself as a respected and in-demand ensemble. In 2004, it celebrated its Diamond Jubilee, marking sixty years of music.
We Will Remember
Monday 12 November, Epsom Playhouse
Prices from £15
Epsom College pays tribute to those who gave their lives in the ‘the war to end war’. The evening is made up of songs, poetry and play extracts which describe the chronology of the war and touches on how Epsom College and the town responded to the conflict. All proceeds from the evening will be given to the Royal British Legion ‘Thank You’ Poppy Appeal.
As Time Goes By
Sunday 18 November at 2pm, St. Michael's The Sanctuary, Ewell
Prices: £5 - £14
Join the Denman Street Quartet for a musical journey through time from the first and second world wars featuring music by Ravel & Gershwin through to the greats of the Swing era like Glenn Miller, spanning a broad range of musical styles. £1 from every ticket will be donated to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal to help support the Armed Forces Community. Visit the Denman Street Quartet ticketsource page to book tickets: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/557037