Bingham Town Council is proudly supporting the Bingham Royal British Legion and Bingham Heritage Trails Association with the WW1 Centenary Plans.
A contribution was made to support sending two representatives to take the Bingham Standard to the Great Pilgrimage 90 at Ypres, Belgium from 5-9 August 2018.
A decade after the end of WW1, veterans and war widows visited the battle fields of the Somme and Ypres before marching to the Menin Gate in Ypres on 8 August 1928. Exactly 90 years later, thousands of Legion members created the 1928 Great Pilgrimage to visit he same battle fields and the on 8 August 2018 carry their standards along the same route to the Menin Gate to commemorate the last 100 days of WW1 and represent an entire generation that served while defending their county.
How is Bingham commemorating the Centenary of the end of World War One?
October 1st – November 10th
- Activity week at the Library – remembering the war
- British Legion memorial poppies – shop window displays around Market Place and treasure hunt
- Changing locations – “There but not There” installations of WW1 soldiers
Wednesday November 7th
- 10:30am: Street naming ceremony, Barratts estate, Chapel Lane, Act of remembrance and Toot Hill Band Big Band
Friday November 9th
- 9:30am-5:00pm: Bingham Heritage Trails Association commemoration exhibition, Methodist Centre
- 7:00pm: BHTA Memorial concert, “Looking Back”, Methodist Centre – Bridge Singers, Armistice String Quartet, Cranmer Company of Singers, readings (war diaries and poems)
Saturday November 10th
- 9:30am-4:00pm: Bingham Heritage Trails Association commemoration exhibition, Methodist Centre
- 10:30am: British Legion – Recruitment Parade – Market Place
- 10:30am: British Legion Act of Remembrance
- 7:00pm: Methodist Centre; BHTA Memorial concert, Methodist Centre – “Looking Forward”, featuring Stormy Weather Boys, Vale Voices, Bingham School of Dance, Toot Hill School Big Band.
Sunday November 11th
- 10:30am: Armistice Day Parade and service of remembrance – from Market Place to Church. “At the Church, a Guard of Honour for those who did not return.”
- 7:00pm: Town Council – Beacon of Light – Market Place
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.”
Games of Remembrance
Tickets are now available for the Games of Remembrance on Thursday 8 November. The Games of Remembrance, 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 on Thursday 8 November between the male and female British Army and the German Armed Forces which will include VIPs and sporting legends from both countries.