In Events

The passing of a century since the First World War ended will be marked by a number of remembrance events in Derbyshire and the Peak District. Bells will be rung in memory at many local churches and a Beacons of Light project is to result in the lighting of 1,000 beacons throughout the UK at 7pm on November 11th.

Towns and villages taking part in the beacon lighting in Derbyshire and the Peak District include: Ilkeston, Netherseal, Aston on Trent, Duffield, Shardlow, Pilsley, Whaley Bridge and Peveril Castle at Castleton.

Hathersage poppies

Here are just a few of the many commemorative events and Remembrance Day services taking place in Derbyshire and the Peak District in November 2018:

Until 11th November
Armistice events and activities include a display in the new Village Centre of handmade poppies bearing the names of 101 villagers who fought and died in WWI (pictured above). On 10th Nov, a free exhibition opens at 10.30am with artefacts, images and documents relating to the war. On 10th and 11th at 7.30pm, Hathersage branch of the Royal British Legion is sponsoring two short one-act plays, At The Going Down of the Sun, in the War Memorial Hall.
The service of remembrance will take place in Hathersage Parish Church at 10.30am on 11th, preceded by a parade from the Memorial Hall at 10am. 

Until 10th November:
Buxton: Douglas Marshall Rigby
100 years after his death in the last months of the Great War, Douglas Marshall Rigby’s artworks are on public view for the first time. Buxton Museum, Terrace Road, Buxton SK17 6DA

3rd-4th November:
Barrow Hill: Derbyshire Lives
A pop-up exhibition on how the war affected people locally. On the 4th November, there will also be music from Ireland Colliery Band. Barrowhill Roundhouse, nr Chesterfield, S43 2PR, 10am-4pm

5th-11th November
Chesterfield: Poppy Cascade
A commemorative display at of 47,000 hand-knitted poppies, cascading from Chesterfield Town Hall balcony, Rose Hill, Chesterfield S40 1LP

9th-11th November
Renishaw Hall: POETrees
The gardens will feature poetry displays and a special exhibition focusing on the Sitwell family and their experiences of WWI. The event will also look at how the poetry of Edith, Osbert and Sacheverell Sitwell was inspired by nature and the gardens at Renishaw, with a POETrees trail. An exhibition within the garden’s Gothic Temple will also feature a display of Osbert’s war poetry as well as the poems of famous war poets such as Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves and Wilfred Owen, and explores these writers’ links to the Sitwells. Renishaw Hall & Gardens, Renishaw Park, Chesterfield S21 3WB

Renishaw Hall

11th November
Chesterfield: The Mercian Regiment on Tour
Discover the impact that the end of World War One had on Chesterfield and members of the Sherwood Foresters who came from Chesterfield, 10am-3pm. A talk entitled ‘1918: The bloody road to victory’ will be on at 12.30pm. St Mary's Gate, Chesterfield S41 7TD

11th November
Crich: Memorial Service
This moving service at Crich Stand will include a Piper’s lament at 11am. Crich Stand (Mercian Regimental War Memorial), Crich, Matlock, DE4 5DP

11th November
Chesterfield: Remembrance Day Parade
Starting with a service at The Crooked Spire Church at 2.30pm, a parade will head from Rykneld Square at 3.15pm, down Burlington Street, High Street, Glumangate and onto Rose Hill, opposite the Town Hall. There will then be a service at the War Memorial at 3.40pm including wreath laying, last post and two minutes' silence. The Parish Church of St Mary and All Saints, Church Way, Chesterfield S40 1XJ

Until 11th November
Chesterfield: Poppy Display at Crooked Spire Church
To commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the end of the Great War, an individual poppy has been knitted for each of the 1,574 service persons from the town that were killed. The Parish Church of St Mary and All Saints, Church Way, Chesterfield S40 1XJ

11th November
Derby: Lament and Service
A lone piper will play lament from the top of Derby Cathedral Tower at 6.30am. There will be a special Civic Service at 9.45am, followed by a procession to Derby Market Place for the city's Act of Remembrance at 11am. Derby Cathedral, Iron Gate, Derby DE1 3GP

11th November
Duffield: Remembrance Service
A day of planned events including a Parade, Rememberance Service, Tea Dance, Beacon Lighting, bell ringing and fireworks at Eyes Meadow. Duffield, DE56 4BA.

11th November
Wirksworth and Middleton: Commemorative Service
A unique event that will recreate events of almost 100 years ago when over 120,000 headstones made from Hopton Wood stone were engraved in Middleton before they were transported down the Steeple Grange Light Railway on their way to cemetries in France and Belgium. Three replica headstones will be carried in a reconstructed wagon on the first part of the journey at 9.30am. One will remain at Steeple House Station, a second will be taken by carriage to St Mary’s, Wirksworth for an 11am service, and the third will be taken to Middleton’s Holy Trinity Chutch for a 2.15pm service.




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