Duffield Parish Council

Serving the people of Duffield

Duffield Cemetery Lodge

Clerk: Kath Gruber
Cemetery Lodge, Duffield
Cemetery, 43 Hazelwood Road
Duffield, Belper, Derbyshire
DE56 4DQ

Duffield Remembers WWI: Armistice Day Centenary and Fireworks Display, Sunday 11th November 2018

Duffield Remembers WWI: Armistice Day Centenary and Fireworks Display, Sunday 11th November 2018

On Sunday 11th November 2018 this country and many others will commemorate 100 years since the end of World War I - Armistice Day, when the guns fell silent on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Beacons will be lit across the country as we remember the many lives sacrificed in the name of our freedom.

The Parish Council invites you all to join us in marking this important occasion by taking part in planned events in Duffield during the weekend, culminating in the annual fireworks display on Sunday 11th at Eyes Meadow at 7:10pm (which this year is a FREE event).

What's on


7:30pm - Derwent Valley Wind Band & Duffield Singers - WW1 Remembrance Concert at St Alkmund's Parish Church, Church Drive, Duffield DE56 4BA - Admission FREE – No ticket required.


10.35am - 11.00am Remembrance Parade from the Weston Centre to Duffield War Memorial (St Alkmund's Parish Church): The annual Parade with members of the Uniformed Organisations who will lay wreaths at Duffield War Memorial.

10:45am -12.30pm (approx. times): Remembrance Service at St Alkmund's Church/Service at the War Memorial

11.30am – 3:00pm Duffield Library - Children's Activities

1:30pm - 3:30pm Emmanuel Church - Tea Dance.

12:00pm - 3:00pm Weston Centre - Information board and videos.

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). Bring a phone with torch or LED tealight.

7pm Beacon of Light lit at Eyes Meadow. As part of the Centenary the Parish Council has commissioned Steven Oldknow, a traditional blacksmith based 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. 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. To find out more about the nationwide lighting of beacons visit www.brunopeek.co.uk

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

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

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 tickets required.

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. No personal fireworks or sparklers allowed at display.

7:00pm - 8:00pm Food and drink at Eyes Meadow

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 services and Duffield Library, later in October (and will be available for download on the Parish Council website).

"There But Not There"

The Parish Council is very pleased to have been awarded an Armed Forces Covenant grant to obtain six perspex silhouettes. The silhouettes will be displayed at St Alkmund's church during the WWI Centenary event. The silhouettes represent those who are "there but not there" – those Fallen whose descendants might still live among us today.

To find out more about these silhouettes, their meaning and the nationwide installation, visit www.therebutnotthere.org.uk

TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE DAYS EVENTS SEE THE PARISH COUNCIL'S WEBSITE PAGE: www.duffieldparishcouncil.gov.uk/duffield-wwi-event.html

Posted: Tue, 16 Oct 2018 12:50 by Jackie Clements

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