2018 World War One Centenary


Witney Town Council is holding a series of  commemorative events across the remembrance weekend which will culminate  on Sunday 11th November 2018, the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice which ended the First World War.

One of the highlights of the weekend will be a hand-made ‘Poppy mile’ tribute which will run 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. This route is particularly poignant as it is the way in which hundreds of Witney soldiers would have walked to the railway station, some of whom did not return. As well as the usual annual remembrance services and parades, other events over the weekend include:

Reception at the Corn Exchange
RAF Freedom Parade
An afternoon of family activities/performances in St Mary’s Church and on the The Leys during the Sunday afternoon
National beacon bonfire will be lit on the Sunday evening to bring the weekend to a close
Exhibitions & Displays in partnership with Witney partnership groups


Any Witney Group or organisation is welcome to take part so if you  would like to be involved in the commemorations please come along to a meeting of the World War One Working Party which will be held in the Gallery Room of the Corn Exchange at 5pm on the following dates:

  • Monday 12th February
  • Monday 12th March
  • Monday 9th April
  • Monday 14th May      MEETING CANCELLED
  • Monday 11th June
  • Tuesday 10th July at 6.30pm     *Please note this date has been changed from 9th July
  • Tuesday 11th Sept at 6.30pm    *Please note this date has been changed from 10th Sept
  • Monday 8th October

Minutes of previous meetings can be found by clicking on the links below:

World War 1 Working Party Minutes 11th June 2018

World War 1 Working Party Minutes 9th April 2018

World War 1 Working Party Minutes 12th March 2018

World War 1 Working Party  Minutes 12th February 2018

World War 1 Working Party Minutes  8th January 2018

World War 1 Working Party Minutes 6th November 2017

Alternatively, you can donate any other items or Witney WW1 stories by contacting the Working Party,  by popping into the Town Hall or through email at  adam.clapton@witney-tc.gov.uk


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.

Official Site of Witney Town Council