This is what’s happening in the Dereham, Fakenham and Wells area for Remembrance Day

PUBLISHED: 09:44 02 November 2018 | UPDATED: 10:49 02 November 2018

Dereham in the First World War. New recruits and reservists gather on the Market Place

Dereham in the First World War. New recruits and reservists gather on the Market Place

Kitty Lynn Archive

Remembrance Day is set to be marked across the Dereham, Fakenham and Wells area, with several events and projects taking place on or leading up to November 11.

Dereham in the First World War. A small force leaving the depot.Dereham in the First World War. A small force leaving the depot.

This year also marks the centenary of the end of First World War, with schools, churches and groups across the area remembering the sacrifice of those who fought.

The Shipdham History Group made up of Robena Brown, Sue Dewing and Marlene Secker has written a 230-page book called ‘Shipdham in the Great War’.

The book begins with village and social life in the pre-war years and includes life stories of all 29 men from Shipdham named on the memorial, as well as four more who had very close associations with the village.

Two hundred and fifty copies will be available for sale after the remembrance service in All Saints Church, Shipdham on Sunday, November 11.

The book is being supported by donations from both Shipdham Parish Council and Breckland Council and all profits from the sales will be used to help pay for the new memorial window in the church, which will be installed in 2019.

A series of events will take place across Remembrance Day in Hardingham, including a piper playing Battle’s Over across the village which is then followed by a service at St Georges Church at 10:55am.

An exhibition will be on display in the Hardingham Memorial Hall and an evening ceremony will start at 6:45pm with various readings of letters, poetry and prose which will then be followed by the sounding of the Last Post, the reading of the roll of honour, a two minute silence, the lighting of the beacon and fireworks.

A display is also on show in St Nicholas Church in Dereham from Friday November 9 to Sunday November 11 between 10am and 5pm, which includes artefacts, memorabilia and poignant stories from the local area.

Items on show range from medals and shrapnel to articles of how the Old Rectory was turned into a hospital for wounded soldiers and also includes a 100 year old newspaper.

Poppies have also been placed on lampposts throughout Dereham town centre.

A lone piper, Isabel Nummy, will play at Swanton Morley All Saints Church war memorial as part of the Battle’s Over events at 6am on Remembrance Day.

Battle’s Over includes 1000 lone pipers playing outside cathedrals and other individual locations throughout the country and overseas, following which a specially written tribute will be read out.

In Swanton Novers, a day of events is taking place across Remembrance Day starting at 6am with reveille and breakfast, a 11:00 am secular gathering at the‘pill box’, the Last Post, beacon lighting and a village supper.

A professional draftswoman has also produced a hand drawn map detailing the village in 1918 with its inhabitants, which will be displayed on the day.

The map has enabled the discovery of a few more men who gave their lives in the First World War that are not recorded on the church’s roll of honour.

At Northgate High School in Dereham, a special remembrance service will take place on Friday November 9 which will include a special poem, songs from DSFC and music played by Northgate Orchestra and Choir among other things.

The children at West Raynham C of E Primary Academy are putting on an exhibition called Take One Poppy which also includes a cream tea with proceeds going to The Royal British Legion.

An exhibition will open in St Mary’s Church in Whissonsett on November 3, which will be filled with themed art by the residents of Whissonsett and a display of memories of those who served.

In Stibbard, a new centenary orchard was opened on Sunday October 28 and on Saturday November 3 in Elsing Village Hall at 5.30pm, a dinner event will be hosted with tickets priced at £25 and are available from Alan on 01362 638445.

The village of Worthing will be commemorating the soldiers who fought in a gathering on Remembrance Sunday, with a commissioned picture titled ‘Flanders Field’ being donated as a raffle prize by Worthing artist Jenni Thorneley with money raised going to charity.

* See next week’s Times for more on the Remembrance Day events being planned.

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