Bottesford Parish Council and Bottesford Parish 1st World War Centenary Project
Armistice Day Centenary
Remembrance and Peace
To mark 100 years of remembrance and tribute since the signing of the Armistice on the 11th November 1918 the Bottesford Parish Council and the Bottesford Parish 1st World War Centenary Project are planning a series of memorable events.
In addition to the annual Remembrance Service and acts of homage organised at St Mary’s Church Bottesford, the Armistice Centenary programme will include
Sunday 4th November
14.00 Remembering Pte Jesse Norman, (the final war time casualty from the Parish), The War Memorial, St John the Baptist Church, Muston
4th – 11th November
‘Those who served from the Bottesford, Muston, Easthorpe and Normanton’, display, St Mary’s Church, Bottesford
Sunday 11th November
06.00 ‘Sleep in peace’ – a dawn lament – Pipe Major Billy James, Procession from Bottesford Old School to Bottesford Village Green, Grantham Road
10.00 ‘Ringing for remembrance – muffled Bells’, Bottesford Tower
10.30 Remembrance Service, St Mary’s Church
11.00 ‘Acts of Homage’ and ‘2 minute silence’, St Mary’s Church
12.00 ‘Celebrating peace’ – chiming the Old School Bell, Beavers, Cubs & Scouts
12.00 ‘Ringing for peace – open bells’, Bottesford Tower
12.30 ‘Cry for Peace’ by the Guides and Scouts and Parish Remembrance, Bottesford Peace Memorial, The Sensory Garden, Grantham Road
17.45 ‘Celebrating peace’ chiming the Old School Bell, Rainbows, Brownies & Guides
18.10 ‘Lantern Peace Procession’ to the Parish Beacon led by Guides & Scouts, Brownies & Cubs, Rainbows and Beavers.
Members of the public please assemble in Church St., beside the Red Lion, at 6.00 pm. 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.
18.55 ‘The Last Post’ played by Ian Holdsworth, Bottesford Beacon
19.00 ‘Beacons of light’, lighting the Bottesford Beacon
19.05 ‘Ringing for peace’, Bottesford Tower
19.05 ‘A Cry for Peace Around the World’, Vic Martin, ‘Parish Crier’
National & international Events
The Bottesford Armistice Centenary Events are organised as part of the ‘Battle’s Over’ international programme of commemoration marking 100 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the First World War. Those national/international activities are coordinated by Pageant Master Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR. These take place on November 11th 2018, with events throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, and at scores of locations overseas, including New Zealand, Ireland, Australia, Bermuda, France, Belgium, Canada, the United States and Germany. (https://www.brunopeek.co.uk)
These all begin at 6am with over 1,000 lone pipers playing ‘Battle’s O’er’, a traditional Scottish air played after a battle, outside cathedrals and other individual locations throughout the country and overseas.
At 6.55pm buglers will sound the Last Post at more than 1,000 locations, where at 7pm First World War Beacons of Light will be lit in a tribute signifying the light of peace that emerged from the darkness of four years of war.
Then at 7.05pm over 1,000 churches and cathedrals will ring their bells as part of Ringing Out for Peace organised in association with the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers, which represents 65 societies of ringers from the British Isles and overseas.
Also at 7.05, more than 140 town criers will perform a specially written Cry for Peace Around the World, the first of them in New Zealand and then across the globe through the various time zones.
Local Events in Bottesford
In Bottesford we have adapted this programme to include a recreation of chiming the recently refurbished Old School Bell. This was rung vigorously by school pupils when the Armistice was declared on the 11th November 1918. Members of the Guides, Brownies, Rainbows and Scouts, Cubs, Beavers will recreate this ‘vigorous’ bell chiming.
In addition we have organised a community Lantern Procession to be led by Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts from the Old School on Grantham Road to the Beacon, Beacon Hill. The Parish Beacon will then be lit.
Local trumpet player, Mr Ian Holdsworth, will sound the last post prior to the lighting the Parish Beacon.
Vic Martin will act as the ‘Parish Crier’. In the Great War news was broadcast by the Parish Crier. The Guides and Scouts will also join together in young person’s ‘Cry for Peace’ at 12.30 at the Bottesford Peace Memorial on Grantham Road.
Pipe Major Billy James for Grantham will start the day at 6.00 am with a lament. We aim to gather at the Bottesford Old School, Grantham Road, Bottesford, NG13 0DF
Other community organisations assisting with these events include: The Vale of Belvoir Lions who are marshalling the Lantern Procession; Bottesford Football Club; Bottesford Bowls Club; St Mary’s Church; Bottesford Chapel and Bottesford Bell Tower.
Parish Clerk – Amanda Carter-Blackford