Armistice Day Centenary - Bottesford Parish

Remembrance & Peace

Bottesford Parish Council and Bottesford Parish 1st World War Centenary Project

Armistice Day Centenary

Bottesford Parish

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. (

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. 

Contact details

Parish Clerk – Amanda Carter-Blackford

01949 222478




This page was added on 10/10/2018.

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