As part of the commemorations the Town Council are hoping to hold a town-wide event on 11th November 2018, 100 years after the signing of the armistice that ended the war.
Across the weekend we hope there will be a range of events marking this special occasion, the highlight of which will be a Poppy mile from the Corn Exchange, along Church Green and through the churchyard to The Leys where a new memorial to mark the centenary will be unveiled and dedicated.
WE NEED YOU!
To achieve the poppy mile we need as many poppies as possible which can be made from yarn, plastic, whatever you want as long as they are red. With this we can mark this truly memorable weekend and day. An example of a knitting and crochet pattern can be found here:
Knitted and crocheted poppy patterns Poppy patterns
Woven poppy pattern Circular Woven Poppy
Once you have poppies please pop them into the Town Hall with your name and/or organisation and we can credit you in a roll of honour for the event. Further information can be obtained by contacting the Town Hall.
Other planned events taking place will be:
The restoration of the Newland War Memorial
This is the culmination of four years of commemoration. In 2014 an event was held on Church Green which included the releasing of pigeons, a hog roast etc. In 2016 Witney was the only town in Oxfordshire that commemorated the centenary of the end of the Battle of the Somme and this year, Witney will again remember the fallen at the Battle of Passchendaele on November 10th.
We would urge any Witney group who would like to be involved to contact us at the Town Hall and would love to receive the poppies and anything else donated, including WW1 stories from Witney ancestors etc for the exhibition.
The next planned meeting of the World War One Working Party is Tuesday 19th September at 5pm in the Town Hall.