Armistice Centenary Events 2018
Radcliffe on Trent WW1 Group commemorated the Armistice centenary with a poppy trail, guided walks, talks, readings and a mini-exhibition in the village.
Poppy wreaths were placed around the village on fourteen lamp posts carrying the names of local men who lost their lives in the Great War. The wreaths were located as near as possible to the homes of the commemorated men. A free pamphlet produced by the group, which included a map of the trail and information about the servicemen, was widely available.
Radcliffe residents wrote to the group praising the Poppy Trail:
“It is very powerful walking around the village and seeing your wreaths all over the place. They are a constant and poignant reminder of those that gave their lives for our freedom”.
“I think the poppy commemorations around the village are a wonderful idea, such a strong, poignant message of remembrance”.
Guided walks around different parts of the trail were led by Marion Caunt and Rosie Collins. The walks were well supported and enabled participants to understand how close the village community was a hundred years ago and what it must have been like when families received the news that their loved ones had lost their lives.
A talk by the WW1 Group entitled ‘Radcliffe on Trent 1918: What happened Next?’ took place at Grange Hall on the afternoon of the 1st November for U3A members and in the evening for the general public. The illustrated talk explored how the First World War affected the village from the Armistice to the mid 1920s and was warmly received.
A mini-exhibition examining the impact of WW1 and its aftermath on Radcliffe on Trent was displayed at The Grange, St Mary’s Church and Radcliffe Library during November.
Radcliffe on Trent Male Voice Choir and Radcliffe on Trent WWI Group held a concert in St Mary’s church on November 8th. Members of the WW1 group read accounts by Radcliffe residents of their personal experiences of the Great War. Illuminated ‘There but not there’ silhouettes donated to the village by the charity ‘Remembered’ accompanied the exhibition, concert and Armistice service in St Mary’s Church and attracted much attention.