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Great War Centenary in Rushcliffe

In 2018, the UK marks the centenary of the end of World War One 1914-1918, a conflict which had an impact on millions of UK residents.

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Nottinghamshire’s contribution to the British Armed Forces was considerable with thousands of young men sent off to war. Many never returned home, either killed in action or succumbing to disease, whilst others were seriously wounded.

The impact of this devastating loss was felt the length and breadth of Nottinghamshire, and today almost every village and town has its own memorial to those who died. The Rushcliffe village of Wysall is one of only four “thankful villages” in Nottinghamshire – a village which suffered no losses during the conflict.   

During 2018 Rushcliffe Borough Council will be supporting projects and events in the area that commemorate the sacrifice of those who endured this conflict and present opportunities to learn about and reflect upon its legacy.


Commemorative Crosses, Croquet Lawn, West Bridgford

Over 500 white remembrance crosses have been laid on West Bridgford’s Croquet Lawn to remember those from Rushcliffe towns and villages who gave their lives in World War One.

Rushcliffe Borough Council has installed the 504 commemorations that remember each man who did not survive The Great War as part of its centenary reflections, 100 years on from the end of the conflict.

Each commemoration is accompanied by a smaller wooden cross that features the name of the individual and where in Rushcliffe they were from at the time of their service and they will lie in place until after Armistice Day on November 11.

Poppy Art Exhibition, Rushcliffe Arena

Thousands of handmade remembrance poppies are on display in a huge art exhibition to commemorate each of the 504 residents from Rushcliffe towns and villages who were lost in World War One.

The cascade of flowers made by schools, community groups and individuals from the Borough now adorns the atrium staircase at Rushcliffe Arena in West Bridgford viewed by hundreds of people passing by into its leisure centre each day.

The installation was created by local artist Belinda Poon and was inspired by the Tower of London’s famous ‘Blood Swept Sands and Seas of Red’. The exhibition will now be in place until November 16 in conjunction with an adjacent roll of honour featuring the names of the 504 who died.

World War One Remembrance Walks

On Sunday 11 November join Rushcliffe Ramblers for two “Remembrance Walks”. 

Walk No. 1
Start Place: Meet at the Clifton South park and ride car park (free)
Start Time: 10:30am
Estimated Finish: 2.30pm
Grid Ref: SK542344 [OS Map]
Latitude: 52.90475 Longitude: -1.194866
Postcode: NG11 8BF [709 metres N]
Distance: 8mile / 12.9km
National Grade: Moderate Pace: Moderate

Walk No. 2
Start Place: Roadside Manor Road,
Barton in Fabis
Start Time: 10:30am
Estimated Finish: 1.15pm
Grid Ref: SK523332 [OS Map]
Latitude: 52.89416 Longitude: -1.223305
Postcode: NG11 0AA [537 metres N]
Distance: 5mile / 8.1km
National Grade: Moderate Pace: Moderate

For more information about the walks visit or visit our facebook event page
Both walks will pause at 11am for a minutes silence on the new footpath which runs parallel to Remembrance Way (A453)

NOTE: If you are planning a parade in Rushcliffe as part of an Armistice event guidance can be found in Nottinghamshire County Council and Notts Police's Parades in Nottinghamshire guidance pack

Other Commemorative events

  • Sponsored quarter peals bell will also be ringing at Granby All Saints Church on Saturday November 3 at 3pm. As at Cropwell Bishop, the bells will be rung for two hours and part of the ringers' raising funds. 

  • Tickets are now available for the Games of Remembrance on Thursday 8 November that through the power of football, aims to bring World War 1 stories of courage and sacrifice alive, 100 years after the guns fell silent.

    Two football matches will be held between the male and female British Army and the German Armed Forces which will include VIPs and sporting legends from both countries.

    Notts County will host the women’s match at Meadow Lane with match kick-off at 12 noon and the men’s match will take place in the evening Nottingham Forest’s City Ground with kick-off at 7pm.

    VIPs and sporting legends from both countries will be attending and there will be fan zones, music and exhibition areas.

    A family ticket (one adult and two children) to the women's afternoon game at Notts County football ground in Meadow Lane will cost £5. Kick-off will be at 12pm.

    For the evening match at the City Ground, entry for two adults and two children will be £10. Kick-off will be 7pm.

    There is £2.50 concession price to both matches for any uniformed services, under 16s, students and senior citizens.

    Tickets are on sale online and from the box office of the host clubs:

    A limited number of free tickets are also available for local schools, youth groups and football clubs.

    Find out more about the Games of Remembrance on their website.

    Contact for further details.

  • View fourteen wreaths commemorating Radcliffe men who lost their lives in WW1 displayed in Radcliffe October 15-Nov 12. Pick up a Poppy Trail pamplet from Grange Hall, the library or Pen2Paper. Join the guided walks from October 17-November 10: Call 0115 933 2685 to book. Follow the trail online using the interactive map at
  • On November 1 at 7.30pm there will be a 'Radcliffe 1918: what happened next?' commemorative talk at Grange Hall. Tickets are £2 on the door. 
  • Twelve posters exploring the impact of WW1 and its aftermath on Radcliffe will be at The Grange November 1-7, St Mary's Church November 8-11 and Radcliffe Library November 12-26. 
  • There will be a large display of knitted poppies in All Saints Church, Cotgrave from November 3 to 10. The Church will be open between 2pm and 4pm each day.  Refreshments available.  Many people have been busy knitting poppies and it is anticipated that approximately 4,000 will be on display. On Sunday 3 November a concert will be held in All Saints Church as part of the Royal British Legion ‘Thank You’ campaign.  The Radcliffe Male Voice Choir will entertain with a variety of songs, both old and new and refreshments will be served.  Tickets cost £10 and are available from John Ludlam on 0115 989 9094.

  • Bingham Musical Theatre Club present World War One commemorative play The Suicide Club at Bingham Methodist Church, NG13 8AE, on Saturday November 3 with performances at 3pm and 7.30pm. Written by Lincolnshire playwright and poet Darren Rawnsley, tickets are available at

  • The Sinfonia Chorale will be holding a Concert for Peace at St Giles's Church, West Bridgford, NG2 6AY on Saturday November 10 7.30pm. Tickets are £15 (centre), £12 (side aisles), and £5 for students available from Sandra Wakefield 0115 960 6236 or

  • Friends of the Hook and All Hallows Church in Lady Bay, West Bridgford are holding an event at 2pm on Sunday 11 November at the Hook, Lady Bay. This is taking place on the path from Holme Grove to the river, along which has been planted 18 native black Poplars by Friends of the Hook. The event will include a reading of a list of Lady Bay people who served in the War, music and poetry readings. 

  • A memorial dedication will take place at Whatton-in-the-Vale's Village Green at 6.40pm on Sunday 11 November. This will be a plaque fixed to local Gypsum Rock, kindly donated by British Gypsum and installed by Whatton-in-the-Vale Parish Council. Following the laying of a poppy wreath there will be The Lighting of the Beacon at 7.00pm followed by a free soup and roll in the Whatton Jubilee Hall at 7.15pm. 
  • Silhouettes of soldiers from WW1 will start to appear in and around Cotgrave during the run up to Armistice Day on November 11 .  Each will represent one of the 14 who died between 1914 and 1918 from Cotgrave.  There will also be 15 in Colston Bassett and two in Owthorpe. Each silent soldier will have their number, rank, name and regiment emblazoned on his chest along with the date he died.

  • The Centenary commemorations will come to an end on 11 November with Cotgrave's annual Remembrance Parade, which will consist of unformed organisations parading from Cotgrave Welfare to All Saints Church.  A Wreath laying service will be held at Cotgrave’s War Memorial following the Church service.

  • 'A Tribute to the Fallen' by The Lincolnshire Fire and Rescure Concert Band will take place at The Grange in Radcliffe-on-Trent on Sunday November 18 at 7.15pm. £10 Tickets are available from The Grange or Pen 2 Paper Radcliffe on Trent, or by phoning 0115 989 2942. Proceeds are in aid of the "Rescue Boat" fund for Nottinghamshire Scouts Activity Centre. 
  • A service of Remembrance will be held at St Giles Church West Bridgford on Sunday 11 November at 10.30am. Representatives from the Armed Forces, veterans and civic life join us for our annual Remembrance Day service, which includes the laying of wreaths at the War Memorial inside church and 2 minutes' silence. Alternative there will be a short Remembrance Service at the War Memorial (Musters Road) at 10.50am which includes the laying of wreaths and concludes with 2 minutes' silence at 11am. All are welcome to join both services. Hot drinks will be available in church 10-10.30am.

If you are planning an event that you would like us to include, or would like technical advice or assistance please email Rushcliffe Borough Council's events team at or call us on 0115 9148517

Further information

The Nottinghamshire Community Commemoration Fund 2014 - 2018

To mark the 100 year centenary of The Great War, Nottinghamshire County Council has established the Community Commemoration Fund. Financial grants of up to £300 are available to local communities to help reflect on what the war meant for their local area and how the lives of people were changed forever. Find out more on the Nottinghamshire Community Commemoration Fund webpages.

Nottinghamshire Roll of Honour

Visit the Nottinghamshire Roll of Honour to search by name and location, or select to view people who died in World War One.

National Public Commemorations

On Sunday 11 November 2018 a series of national public commemorations will take place across the UK to mark the end of World War One. The events are being co-ordinated by the Queen's Pageantmaster Bruno Peak and will include:

6am - Battle's O'er

The sound of bagpipes will fill the air as over 1000 individual pipers will play Battle’s O’er - a traditional air played by pipers after a battle. Heralding the start of the day’s commemorations, they will play the haunting tune outside churches and cathedrals, in market squares and muddy fields, on hilltops and high streets, in valleys and village greens across the whole of the UK. If you would like to register as a piper please email giving you name, address, telephone and location you will be playing.

6.55pm - The Last Post

In association with the Air Training Corps, Army Cadet Force, Sea Cadet Force, Boys’ Brigade and the Light Infantry Buglers Association, the Last Post will be played at many of the 1,000 WWI Beacon sites throughout the United Kingdom, involving young people and others paying their personal tribute to those that gave their lives during World War I.

7pm - Beacons of Light

Beacons will be lit across the UK in commemoration of the end of WWI and to symbolise the ‘light of hope’ that emerged from the darkness of war. This is a commemoration inspired by a comment made on 3rd August 1914 by Britain’s Foreign Minister, Sir Edward Grey. He was looking out of his office window at dusk as gas lights were being lit along London’s Mall when he remarked to a friend, “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.”

7.05pm - Ringing out for Peace

As beacons blaze around the country, bells in 1,000 churches and cathedrals will ring out in celebration of the end of the First World War. The stirring sound of church and cathedral bells will provide a fitting conclusion to a day of contemplation, commemoration as our country and other nations reflect on events a century ago on the battlefields of Europe.

For more details about these Armistice events and how you can get involved visit or speak to your local parish council, Royal British Legion branch organiser or church.



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