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
- Monday 9th July
- Monday 10th September
- Monday 8th October
Minutes of previous meetings can be found by clicking on the links below:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.