Duffield Parish Council

Serving the people of Duffield

The Weston Centre

Clerk : Kath Gruber
The Weston Centre, Tamworth
Street, Duffield, Belper
Derbyshire DE56 4ER

WWI Centenary and Fireworks Display:
11 November 2018

Poppies displayed at the Silk Mill, Derby, June 2017.

"At eleven o'clock this morning came to an end the cruellest and most terrible War that has ever scourged mankind. I hope we may say that thus, this fateful morning, came to an end all wars."
David Lloyd George, Speech in the House of Commons, 11 November 1918

The centenary of the end of World War I falls on the 11th November 2018, a Sunday, and up and down the country beacons will be lit to remind us all of the day when peace was won – albeit for all too brief a time – a reminder never to take for granted the freedoms we now enjoy.

Duffield Parish Council is leading plans to commemorate this centenary in a number of ways on the day, culminating in the annual fireworks display (which in 2018 has been moved from the usual bonfire night weekend), and we hope that as many people as possible in the village will take part in learning more about WWI, remembering the Parish's fallen heroes and celebrating the end of the conflict.


7:30pm - Derwent Valley Wind Band & Duffield Singers - WW1 Remembrance Concert at
St Alkmund's Parish Church, Church Drive, Duffield DE56 4BA - Admission FREE


Timeline of the day

10.35am - 11.00am Remembrance Parade from the Weston Centre to Duffield War Memorial (St Alkmund's Parish Church)

10:45am -12.30pm (approx. times) Remembrance Service at St Alkmund's

12:15pm – 2:45pm Duffield Library - Children's Activities
Crafts, reading, poetry and drawing to remember WWI, children of all ages welcome. (Library will not be open for borrowing books.) Two 45-minute sessions will run, from 12:15 - 1pm and 2pm - 2:45pm.

1:30pm - 3:30pm Emmanuel Church - Tea Dance
Dance the afternoon away with music from the era. Cakes and refreshments will be provided by the WI. All ages are welcome.

12:00pm - 3:00pm Weston Centre - Information board and videos
Find out more about the names on Duffield's War Memorial and the history of WWI in the area.

5:30pm - Evening church service at St Alkmund's

6:30pm - 6:55pm Torchlit procession along Donald Hawley Way (from the church to Eyes Meadow)

7pm Beacon of Light lit at Eyes Meadow

7.05pm Church Bells Ringing for Peace: St Alkmund's Parish Church

7:10pm - 7:40pm Fireworks at Eyes Meadow

7:00pm - 8:00pm Food and drink at Eyes Meadow.
Several food and drink stalls will be available and the cricket club bar will be open.

8:30pm - Quiz at The Kings Head (£1 per head entry fee)

A leaflet giving more historical details about Duffield's involvement in World War I, will be available from local outlets including Duffield Library, later in October (and is available for download here).

Duffield's Beacon of Light

As part of the Centenary the Parish Council has commissioned Steven Oldknow, a local traditional blacksmith in Little Eaton, to forge a special gas-fuelled beacon brazier which will be installed at Eyes Meadow. The brazier will sit seven feet above the ground and has been created in wrought iron with laser-cut images and wording commemorating the centenary of the end of WWI, and we hope will serve the community at future events for many years to come.

Throughout the UK, beacons are being lit at 7pm as part of a historic tribute to the many millions who were killed or came home dreadfully wounded during the war, and to remember the huge army of men and women on the home front who, often in dangerous and exhausting conditions, underpinned the war effort - keeping the wheels of industry turning, bringing the harvests home and ensuring the nation did not starve.

To find out more about the nationwide lighting of beacons visit https://www.brunopeek.co.uk/

Following the beacon-lighting ceremony, at 7:05pm, St Alkmund's church will join others across the country to ring the church bells for peace, just as they did at the end of the War 100 years ago.

There But Not There

The Parish Council is very pleased to have been awarded an Armed Forces Covenant grant to obtain six perspex silhouettes like those shown in the picture. The silhouettes will be displayed at St Alkmund's church during the WWI Centenary event.

This website tells more about the installation of "There but Not There" silhouettes of fallen soldiers across the UK in commemoration of the centenary of the end of WWI. www.therebutnotthere.org.uk

Fireworks event

The commemorative fireworks display will replace the usual bonfire night display in 2018. The display will begin at 7:10pm following the torchlit procession from St Alkmund's, lighting of the Beacon and ringing of the bells at St Alkmund's.

The fireworks display will be a FREE event this year, all are welcome.

No parking is available, other than disabled parking. Please bring a torch and wrap up warmly! There will be limited food and drinks available. The cricket club pavilion bar will also be open.

Other activities

The Parish Council will also be marking the centenary in a number of other ways. These will include the usual Remembrance Parade in the morning of the 11th alongside Duffield's uniformed organisations, and a series of activities during the day in and around the village (see timeline above), including a tea dance at Emmanuel Church, Quiz at the Kings Head and children's activities at the Library, and a torch-lit procession from St Alkmund's church after a special evening service.

In addition, a WWI Remembrance Concert, featuring the Derwent Valley Wind Band & Duffield Singers, will be held at St Alkmund's Parish Church on Saturday evening (10th November) at 7:30.

These activities are FREE to take part in and for the most part residents can just turn up and join in, but for more information about taking part in any activities please check back here as we will add more info as it becomes available or contact the Parish Council on 01332 842740 or email clerk@duffieldparishcouncil.gov.uk

For more information about the Remembrance Concert, or Remembrance Day or evening services contact St Alkmund's Parish Church - 01332 840536.