First World War Commemorations

October 25, 2018

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FIRST WORLD WAR COMMEMORATIONS

Honouring the Past. Working for peace.

Monday 5 to Sunday 11 November 2018

Winchester Cathedral has today released full information of its commemoration centenary of the end of the First World War, during the week commencing 5 November.

There will be a week of activities. A free evening of Music and readings to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War including Haydn’s Seven Last Words will feature young people from various schools in Winchester (Monday 5th, 7pm)  The Friends of the Cathedral present ‘The Miracle Flower’ (Wednesday 7th at 2.30pm) looking at the role the poppy has played in remembrance. Also, later that day, at 7.30pm, there will be a special screening of Spielberg’s production of War Horse, based on Michael Morpurgo’s moving 1982 novel. Continuing the War Horse theme on Thursday 8th, The Amazing Story of a Real War Horse is an evening presented by racing journalist Brough Scott, whose grandfather was both breeder and rider of the original war horse throughout the war.

The last First World War Tour and Tea in a four year series takes place at 2.30pm and, at 6pm, Daring to Hope is a vigil of peace and remembrance consisting of an hour of music, poetry and reflection

Armistice Day itself (Sunday 11 November), neatly coincides with the annual national Remembrance Day. Preceded by the ringing of half-muffled bells, the civic service at 10am will conclude with the two minutes’ silence at the war memorial and, later in the day, at 6.50pm, the Cathedral joins again with the rest of the nation’s tribute for Battle’s Over. This is the final act of remembrance and will involve a short prayer and readings, the lighting of a brazier to symbolise the lights coming back on over Europe, a lone piper playing When the Battle is Over (played for when soldiers returned to their barracks) and ending with the Cathedral’s bells ringing out for peace.

“The last few years have seen a powerful, often community-led, commemoration of the centenary of the First World War across the country” says the Dean of Winchester”, the Very Rev’d Catherine Ogle. “We hope that this week of remembrance will contain opportunities to reflect upon how we must honour the past and work for peace in what continues to be a troubled world.”

A constant presence throughout the week will be two special installations in the Outer Close. Box 459 commemorates the 459 fallen in Winchester and its District in the First World War 100 years ago. It has returned to Winchester Cathedral, where it started its journey around the Winchester district just over 4 years ago when it was commissioned by Winchester City Council. Box 459 will remain until 14 December.

And, also inspired by Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, the installation of poppies at the Tower of London at the commencement of the commemoration in 2014, Poppies for Peace will see 2018 knitted poppies, created by local knitters, will dress the railings in the Outer Close from 5 to 19 November.

All are welcome to services, which are free of charge. Tickets for other events are from the Cathedral Box Office on 01962 857 275; www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk except for the Friends’ talk on the 7th which are from the Friends Office. Please email dodie.napier@winchester-cathedral.org.uk or call 01962 857245. Full details of events and prices are available on the Cathedral’s website.

ENDS – ENDS – ENDS

 

WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL’S FIRST WORLD WAR ARMISTICE COMMEMORATIONS

Honouring the Past. Working for Peace.

TO 14 DECEMBER
BOX 459
Box 459 commemorates the 459 fallen in Winchester and its District in the First World War 100 years ago. It has returned to Winchester Cathedral, where it started its journey around the Winchester district just over 4 years ago when it was commissioned by Winchester City Council. This is in anticipation of the various commemorations which will be taking place in the run up to and on Armistice Day (11 November) in many of which it will play a part.

MONDAY 5 TO MONDAY 19 NOVEMBER
POPPIES FOR PEACE
Earlier this year groups of people spent many hours knitting 2018 woollen poppies which will be placed on the railings in the Outer Close to recall the poppy fields of Flanders over Remembrancetide. The project was started by the Women’s Section of The Royal British Legion and helped by Winchester Women Reborn. Most of the knitters are from the Winchester area. The poppies will, along with Box 459, form a striking impact as we remember the dreadful consequences of what is still ironically known as the Great War.

MONDAY 5 TO SATURDAY 10 NOVEMBER, Daily at 7.15am
REMEMBRANCE SILENT LIGHT
Daily at 7.15am,
To remember those who served, were injured or died for their country, keeping the peace.
Including 11 minutes’ Silence, followed by 8.00am Holy Communion in the Cathedral.
Monday 5th – The Old Hyde Abbey Site
Tuesday 6th – The Law Courts forecourt
Wednesday 7th – Oliver’s Battery
Thursday 8th – The Crypt in the Cathedral
Friday 9th – Peninsula Square, the Barracks
Saturday 10th – The War Memorial

Outdoor events under all weathers, except in The Crypt and Communion in the Cathedral if you wish to celebrate Eucharist afterward.  For more information, email rupertmarks@gmail.com

MONDAY 5 NOVEMBER, 7.30PM
HAYDN – SEVEN LAST WORDS
Music and readings to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War, featuring young people from various schools in Winchester.
No tickets required.

WEDNESDAY 7 NOVEMBER, 2.30PM, PAUL WOODHOUSE SUITE
‘THE MIRACLE FLOWER’ – FROM FLANDERS TO THE TOWER – JEREMY PRESCOTT
From the iconic poem “In Flanders Fields” to the 2014 “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red” at the Tower of London, Jeremy will look at the role the poppy has played in remembrance, the controversies surrounding it and how remembrance may be conducted in the future.
Tickets £8 for Friends and £10 for non-friends. Available from the Friends Office. Please email dodie.napier@winchester-cathedral.org.uk or call 01962 857245.

WEDNESDAY 7 NOVEMBER, 7.15PM
WAR HORSE
A special screening of War Horse in the magnificent Nave of Winchester Cathedral. Directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg from a screenplay written by Lee Hall and Richard Curtis, based on Michael Morpurgo’s 1982 novel War Horse. Tickets: £10 (£7 for under 7s)

THURSDAY 8 NOVEMBER, 7.15PM
BROUGH SCOTT – ‘THE AMAZING STORY OF A REAL WAR HORSE’
John Brough Scott, MBE, is a British horse racing journalist, radio and TV presenter and former jockey. He is also the grandson and biographer of the noted First World War soldier ‘Galloper Jack’ Seely. This special talk will focus on the story of ‘Warrior’, bred by Jack Seely on the Isle of Wight, taken by him to France in August 1914 and ridden by Jack throughout the war. Tickets: £10 (£7 for under 7s)

FRIDAY 9 NOVEMBER, 2PM
FIRST WORLD WAR – IN MY END IS MY BEGINNING: TOUR AND CREAM TEA
As the commemorations for the centenary of the First World War draw to a close, we revisit all the places we have seen since 2014 – taking you down into the Crypt, along the Nave and up onto the roof. Music and poetry will be included. The tour lasts one and a half hours with cream tea afterwards. Be prepared – 129 steps to climb! Tickets: £12.50 Includes cream tea taken in the Cathedral Refectory after the tour.

FRIDAY 9 NOVEMBER, 6PM
DARING TO HOPE – A VIGIL OF PEACE AND REMEMBRANCE TO COMMEMORATE THE CENTENARY OF THE END OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR
An hour of music, poetry and reflection including the music of Winchester Cathedral choir, images of local soldiers and a petal drop from the roof of the Cathedral nave. The congregation will have the opportunity to bring a copy of a memento of a loved one (such as a photo or army record) to the altar during this ceremony. No tickets required.

SUNDAY 11 NOVEMBER
REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY SERVICES
The bells will be rung half-muffled between 9.00 am and 9.55 am with a short pause at 9.10 am.  When the bells are half-muffled, a leather pad is fitted to one side of each bell’s clapper which creates a poignant echo effect traditionally used at times of mourning.

10.00    REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY SERVICE incorporating 2 minutes’ silence by the War Memorial
11.30      SUNG EUCHARIST
3.30      CHORAL EVENSONG
6.50      BATTLE’S OVER

This is the final act of remembrance and will involve a short prayer and readings, the lighting of a brazier to symbolise the lights coming back on over Europe, a lone piper playing When the Battle is Over (played for when soldiers returned to their barracks) and ending with the Cathedral’s bells ringing out for peace.
No tickets are required for any of the events on Armistice Day itself.
Tickets for other events are from the Cathedral Box Office at www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk01962 857 275

Media contacts at Winchester Cathedral

Simon Barwood – Media & Communications Officer
Telephone: 01962 857 217 / 07968 549 628
simon.barwood@winchester-cathedral.org.uk

Catherine Hodgson – Marketing Manager
Telephone: 01962 857 227
catherine.hodgson@winchester-cathedral.org.uk

www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk