Warwick WWI Events until December

October 6th – December 9th. Poppy Display at St. Mary’s. The display will be open to the general public every day, (except during weddings, concerts or other events).

October 9th – December 15th. Poppy Display at the Fusiliers Museum, with an official unveiling on Oct 13th. The stairs and first floor at St. John’s House, home of the museum of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, will be decorated by hand-made poppies.

October 14th. The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers’ Service and Parade  – this year commemorating the 50th anniversary of its formation. St. Mary’s Church and a march through the town from 4pm.

October 27th. Fusiliers Museum St. John’s – The Battle of the Somme – a talk by David Seeney. 2pm. £5. 01926 491653

October 28th. St. Mary’s Church – War and Peace. The St. James’s Singers commemorate the end of WWI with music and readings. 8pm. In aid of the British Legion. Tickets £12.50 and £17.50 from St. Mary’s Gift Shop or call 07502 939498

November 1st.  In the Ballroom – Warwick Poppies 2018. 2pm. The monthly social gathering at the Jury Street Court House with tea and cake will hear about the creation of the spectacular poppy display in St. Mary’s Church. £2. No need to book.

November 4th.  Lost Composers of the Great War a 3pm concert at the Lord Leycester Hospital by the Leamington Chamber Orchestra. Poetry and Music. Tickets must be bought in advance from Warwick Books or email lcoleamington@gmail.com or denehouse@btconnect.com or phone 01789 841903

November 8th. The Armistice in Warwickshire, a lunchtime Show and Tell at the County Record Office with a look at the local reports from Nov 11th 1918. 1pm – 1.30pm. Free.

November 9th. Music and Readings from the Great War. An evening of words and music at Warwick Hall with pupils from Warwick School and King’s High, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armistice. Free to attend. 01926 776438. www.thebridgehousetheatre.co.uk

November 11th.  Remembrance Sunday – the Centenary.  At 6am a dawn piper will play When Battle’s O’er at the War Memorial in Church Street, marking the moment the Armistice was signed. He will then play further pieces in front of the poppy display in St. Mary’s Church. At 10am there will be special church services, at 10.50am a short service at the War Memorial, and at 11am the two minutes’ silence followed by a march through town of military units and youth organisations. At 12.30 the bells of St. Mary’s will ring as they did 100 years ago. At Warwick Castle, after a candlelit procession from the War Memorial, there will be a short service at 6.50pm with a choir, a Welcome from the Mayor, The Last Post sounded by a boy from Warwick School, and at 7pm the lighting of a ‘Beacon of Light’, one of a thousand being lit around the world. The Warwick Town Crier will join more than a hundred others around the country and abroad with a ‘Cry for Peace’ and the Names of the Warwick Fallen from WWI will be read out. After the National Anthem and closing words from the Royal British Legion, a memorial Rocket will be fired.  (Free entry from 6.30pm and free parking at Stratford Rd Car Park).

November 11th.  Armistice Concert in St. Mary’s. We Will Remember – Duruflé Requiem. Poetry interleaved with the music. Free to attend with unreserved seating, but tickets must be obtained from Bridge House Theatre box office 01926 776438 or St. Mary’s shop.

November 14th. The Western Front Association meeting in the Warwick Arms Hotel at 7.45pm will hear a talk by Alan Reed about The First World War and The Commonwealth War Grave Commission. Non-members welcome.  www.westernfrontassociation.com/branches/united-kingdom/heart-of-england/

December 6th. St. Mary’s Church – The Christmas Truce. 7pm. A talk by local historians about the events at Christmas on the Western Front. Free to attend but get a ticket from the Visitor Information Centre or the St. Mary’s shop.

December 12th. Western Front Association meeting in the Warwick Arms Hotel at 7.45pm will hear a talk about ‘England’s Difficulty’ The British Army and Ireland 1912-1922. Non-members welcome

See all events coming up in Warwick on Unlocking Warwick’s long-term calendar, What’s On in Warwick – at a Glance. www.unlockingwarwick.org/events/whats-on-in-warwick-at-a-glance/