Remembrance 2018

One hundred years ago the guns fell silent on the world’s first truly global war.

Throughout North Somerset those who have lost their lives in this and other conflicts since will be remembered.

On Saturday, November 10, at 6pm as a lead in to the next day’s commemorations many town and parish councils, churches and other faith groups, veterans and service organisations, youth and community groups across North Somerset will come together at the same time and light a tea light candle in memory of the fallen of WW1 from our communities.

A Legacy Of Light commemoration for Nailsea is at the Tithe Barn. Doors open at 5.30pm and all are welcome.

Nothing will happen at Crown Glass Shopping Centre this year because of date of 11.11 is on the Sunday.​

On Sunday, November 11, at Holy Trinity church, Nailsea the fall-in is at 10.15am at Church Lane ready to march to church for 10.30am service and laying of wreaths.

The most poignant part is the roll call and historian Peter Wright has compiled a comprehensive list of Great War casualties with Nailsea connections many who have not featured before.

The 40-page book priced at £3 and called Roll Of Honour Nailsea 1914-1921 is published by Nailsea & District Local History Society and is among a series of books which reference memories of wartime and its aftermath in the village.

Click HERE for more details.

After the service an hour-long bell ringing from 12.30-1.30pm is planned.

Earlier this year Royal British Legion standard bearer Bryan Irwin and wreath layer Ron Collins both from Nailsea joined thousands of others at the Menin Gate in Belgium for a special ceremony to honour the dead.

The August war memorial centenary service was dedicated to British and Commonwealth soldiers who were killed at Ypres.

And in June several Year 9 history students at Nailsea School took part in a workshop about how war should be commemorated organised by Bristol University.

In July a group of Year 9 and 10 historians set off for Belgium for a tour of the First World War battlefields.

Some of the highlights of the trip included seeing the largest British military cemetery in the world at Tyne Cot, taking part in the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate, walking through a German trench and seeing the huge crater at Hill 60, which was created by a mine explosion.

They ended the trip with a poignant remembrance ceremony at Lijssenthoek cemetery where they laid a poppy wreath from the school.

Grove Junior and Hannah More Infant schools at Whiteoak Way has a display of handmade poppies made by the children in its reception.

St Quiricus & St Julietta church together with Tickenham Parish Council is hosting a special service on Sunday, November 11, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the WW1 armistice. 

The intention is to cascade hundreds of poppies which have been knitted or crocheted down the church tower.

Backwell School students will spend most of Friday, November 8, learning about WW1 with the RBL in attendance.

The whole school will 'breakout' for Periods 1-4 with Year 7 off timetable for P1-6.
Students will be following a programme of lessons which will encourage them to learn about the events of the war, its legacy and the sacrifices made by men and women in the years 1914-1918. ​​​​​​​
Across the day, students will find out more about: 

  • the experiences of those involved both on the front line and at home

  • the art of the war

  • the use of propaganda

  • advances in medicine

  • the impact on soldiers' mental health

  • the music of the war

  • the role of women

  • the act of remembrance...and much else besides.

Backwell is closing the road for a procession from Lawnside to St Andrew’s church war memorial on Sunday, November 11.

Royal British Legion Backwell and Flax Bourton chairman Peter Hoare said: “This is a one-off, something that hasn’t happened for a couple of decades.”

Led by the RBL, clergy and parish councillors it will include representatives from schools and youth organisations.

People should assemble by 10.25am and the ceremony at the war memorial at 10.45am is followed by a church service.

Church Lane will be closed from its junction with Uncombe Close from 10.30am-noon.

The retired RAF squadron leader added the service at the Church of St Michael and All Angels, at Flax Bourton is at 4pm.

All Saints church at Wraxall is having a 10am family communion and act of remembrance at 10am.

The church will be full of 100s knitted and crafted poppies from Wednesday, November 7, made by the community and children from the village school.

The service at St Bartholomew’s at Failand is at 11.30am on Sunday, November 11.

The beach at Weston-super-Mare is one of many to have been chosen to be part of Pages Of The Sea, filmmaker Danny Boyle’s commission to mark the centenary of Armistice Day.

On Sunday, November 11, the public is invited to gather on beaches across the UK for an informal, nationwide gesture of remembrance for the men and women who left their home shores during the First World War.

Millions of people served in the First World War and many embarked from beaches around the UK.

Theatre Orchard, with the support of the Grand Pier, will be leading events at Weston. 

Each seafront event centres around the drawing of a large-scale portrait of a casualty from the First World War, designed by Sand In Your Eye artists which will be sadly washed away by the incoming tide.

In addition, people will be asked to join in by creating silhouettes of people in the sand, remembering the millions of lives lost or changed forever by the conflict. 

Poet Carol Ann Duffy has been invited by Boyle to write a new poem, which will be read by individuals, families and communities as they gather on beaches nationwide.

North Somerset MP Liam Fox will be at the Cenotaph in London on Sunday, November 11, along with other VIPs and 10,000 veterans.

And at the BristolMuseum and Art Gallery at Queens Road on Sunday, November 11, at 6.30pm is the final concert in a series of four performed by Gurt Lush Choir and Bristol Man Chorus which has several Nailsea and Backwell members.

We are told it is beautifully curated and well worth seeing (and hearing).

For details of other concerts and  online tickets £10 adult, £8 concessions click HERE..


People wearing poppies, armed forces personnel, cadets and veterans can travel free on Remembrance Sunday on West of England bus services

First West of England bus company hopes to encourage people to attend commemorative events to mark 100 years since Armistice Day

It is offering free travel across its entire network on Sunday, November 11, to travellers wearing a poppy to enable them to attend commemorative events. T

To claim the free bus travel, all people need to do is wear a poppy when they board.

As in previous years serving armed forces personnel, veterans as well as cadets in uniform, veterans wearing military medals or people with a relevant military ID card also travel for free.

As a part of the bus operator’s support for Remembrance Sunday, many buses will have poppies fitted on the exterior of the vehicle.

First West of England managing director James Freeman said: "Remembrance Day is an important day for many people who want to remember family, friends and others who have been lost in all wars, both service men and women and civilians. 

"With this offer we want to make it as easy as possible for people to attend special events taking place in our region.

"Many of our employees, from drivers, engineers to office staff have served in the military or have friends and family members who are former or active members of the Armed Forces, so this time of year is particularly poignant across our sites."

danny boy.jpg

Remembrance concert

Join Nailsea Concert Orchestra for their commemorative concert on Saturday, November 24, at St Francis of Assisi Church, Ash Hayes Road to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.

The orchestra will be performing Elgar’s iconic Enigma Variations, Beethoven’s Egmont Overture and Butterworth’s idyllic The Banks Of Green Willow, the anthem for all ‘Unknown Soldiers’.

The pieces pay homage to the great sacrifices made by so many in the ‘war to end all wars’.

The concert starts at 7.30pm and tickets £12. concessions £10 and U18s £2.50)are available, in advance from Nailsea Music Shop, or on the door.

This concert is in support of The Royal British Legion.

The orchestra look forward to seeing you there!

Nailsea Remembers.png
NCO Concert 24 November 2018.jpg

They Shall Not Grown Old

poppy appeal box.png

POPPY APPEAL: The Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal launches on Thursday, October 25 and thousands of volunteers will help distribute the paper flower ahead of November 11. The poppy will be distributed at a whole raft different locations across the UK, including at supermarkets, train stations, shops, high streets and online at It sells for a suggested minimum donation of £1, with the proceeds providing veterans and their families with emotional and financial support. You can also make an online donation by calling 0845 845 1945 or by texting POPPY to 70020 to donate £3, or 70111 to donate £10.

On Tuesday and Friday afternoons, November 6-9 the Curzon cinema at Clevedon is show a  unique film by Peter Jackson brings into high definition the human face of the First World War. 
Using state of the art technology to restore original archival footage which is more than a 100-years old, Jackson brings to life the people who can best tell this story: the men who were there.

Driven by a personal interest in the First World War, Jackson set out to bring to life the day-to-day experience of its soldiers. After months immersed in the BBC and Imperial War Museums’ archives, narratives and strategies on how to tell this story began to emerge for Jackson.

Using the voices of the men involved, the film explores the reality of war on the front line; their attitudes to the conflict; how they ate; slept and formed friendships, as well what their lives were like away from the trenches during their periods of downtime. 
Jackson and his team have used cutting edge techniques to make the images of a hundred years ago appear as if they were shot yesterday.

The transformation from black and white footage to colourised footage can be seen throughout the film revealing never before seen details.

Reaching into the mists of time, Jackson aims to give these men voices, investigate the hopes and fears of the veterans, the humility and humanity that represented a generation changed forever by a global war.

Click HERE to book for the 1.30pm showings.