Churches across Norfolk lead events of Remembrance
Across Norwich and Norfolk churches are leading services of Remembrance, concerts, exhibitions and other special events to mark the centenary of the end of World War One and to pay tribute to those who have sacrificed their lives in armed conflict.
With Fields of Remembrance, exhibitions of artwork, concerts and services, churches across Norfolk are playing a leading role in commemorating the centenary of Armistice Day and paying tribute to soldiers who have served their country.
Earlier this month when launching the Field of Remembrance at Norwich Cathedral the Very Rev Jane Hedges said: “In Norfolk alone, more than 15,000 soldiers’ lives were lost in that terrible conflict which was supposed to be the war to end all wars. We will remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and we will give thanks for their courage and fortitude.”
Below are some of the events that churches across Norfolk have planned to mark Armistice 100. If you would like to add your church event to this page please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Blakeney on November 11 there will be a special remembrance event at 5pm in the medieval church of St Nicholas, St Mary and St Thomas’. The Kelling Consort, directed by Angela Dugdale will sing extracts from Schubert's Mass in G, Dvorak's Mass in D major, John Ireland's 'Greater Love' and Gustav Holst's 'Turn back O Man'. There will be solos including 'Pie Jesu' from the Faure Requiem. Paul Hands will read poetry from World War 1.
St Nicholas, St Mary and St Thomas's, Cley Road, Blakeney, NR25 7NJ
On Sunday, November 11 at 6am in Holt, retired priest Canon Peter Midwood will be playing the Northumbrian pipes in the porch of St Andrew’s Church. Fr Howard Stoker will then lead a service at 9.30am, after which there will be a town service at the war memorial at 11am, followed by evensong at 6pm. The band of church bellringers will be sounding out the bells of St Andrew’s Church at 7.05pm as part of the Ring for Peace national initiative.
St Andrew’s Church, Church Street, Holt, NR25 6BB
A display of more than 4,000 poppies will be on show as part of First World War centenary events being hosted by All Saints Church in Walcott, which is holding a remembrance service and holy communion on Sunday, November 11 at 10.30am. Depicting the word ‘peace’, the display was created by a team of 45 people. It will be exhibited alongside an exhibition of work by youngsters at Bacton Primary School.
All Saints Church, Coast Road, Walcott, NR12 0PD
On Saturday, November 10 at 7.30pm St Peter's Church in Sheringham will host 'Music for Remembrance', a concert to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice at the end of the First World War. The Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society will be joined by soloists Rosamund Walton and Julian Chou-Lambert together with an invited chamber orchestra.
On Armistice Day itself, there will be the annual Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial at 10.45am, followed by the Remembrance service at St Peter's, Church Street, Sheringham, NR26 8LH.
There will also be a Remembrance Service and dedication of the Memorial Plaque at All Saints Church in Upper Sheringham at 11am.
The Beacon on the Leas in Sheringham will be lit in a "Battles Over" ceremony at 7pm that evening.
The Sheringham Primary School Remembrance service will take place at St Peters at 10.30am on Monday November 12.
Click here to read about Remembrance events in Roughton and Thorpe Market.
From Sunday, November 4 – Sunday, November 11, 9.30am-4.30pm an exhibition will take place at St Margaret’s Church in the village of Worthing near Dereham. It will include a silhouette from Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, a Commemoration Flag, historical records, wartime memorabilia and artwork. The Remembrance Sunday Service will start at 10.45am on November 11.
St Margaret’s Church, Church Road, Worthing, Dereham, NR20 5HR
All Saints Church in Hemblington is hosting a free exhibition from Monday, November 5 – Tuesday, November 13, 10am-4pm about the people listed on the memorial in the church, as well as a display about the Battle of The Somme, which claimed the lives of many Norfolk men.
All Saints Church, Hemblington, NR13 4EF
St Mary’s Church in Banham is hosting ‘The Fallen’ on Saturday, November 10 at 3pm. The afternoon will include words, thoughts and music to commemorate followed by free refreshements. There will also be a free exhibition with refreshments in the church on Monday, November 5 – Saturday, November 10 open from 10am-3pm where visitors are invited to look around the displays of remembrance or just sit and contemplate.
St Mary’s Church, The Green, Banham, NR16 2NH
At 3pm on Saturday, November 10 St Andrew’s Church in Congham, West Norfolk will host a talk by Juliet Webster about one Norfolk family's wartime experiences and life in West Norfolk during the First World War. Following the talk tea and cakes will be available. This is a free event with donations for the upkeep of St Andrew's Church, Congham welcomed.
St Andrew's Church, off St Andrew's Lane, Congham, Kings Lynn, PE32 1DT
St Mary’s Church in the village of Whissonett is hosting an exhibition called ‘Responses’ commemorating the centenary of the end of World War One. The church will be filled with thoughtful themed art by the residents of Whissonett throughout November. The church is open from November 3-30 from 10am-4pm Monday to Saturday and on Sundays 12 noon-4pm. On November 11 the bugle will sound the last post at 11am and the bells will be rung at 12 noon.
The Parish Church of Saint Mary the Virgin Whissonsett, Dereham, NR20 5AE
On Saturday, November 24 at 7.30pm Wymondham Abbey is hosting a ‘Remembrance and Renewal’ concert. It will feature Wymondham Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andrew Parnell, performing works by Holst, Butterworth, Elgar’s Nimrod, and the Pastoral Symphony by Vaughan Williams, with tenor Jack Evans. Tickets £14 (door), £12 (advance), £2 children.
Wymondham Abbey, Church Street, Wymondham, NR18 0PH
All Saints Church in Carlton Rode is hosting a free concert ‘Lest We Forget’ to mark the end of the First World War on November 11 at 7pm. It will include songs of the period, war poetry, memories from those who served and returned and information on those who died.
All Saints Church, Chapel Rd, Norwich NR16 1RL
St Mary’s Church in Diss is hosting a ‘Tribute to Sacrifice’ concert organised by the Rotary Club of Diss Waveney on November 17 at 7pm featuring the Honington Military Wives Choir with readings of poetry and prose honouring the fallen in the First World War. Entry £7.50 in aid of Combat Stress and other charities.
St Mary's Church Diss, Mount Street, Diss IP22 4QQ
A Service to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice of the Great War will be held at the Norfolk Tank Museum in Forncett St Peter at 5.30pm on Sunday, November 11.The service will be led by the Rev Lydia Avery. It will be followed by a piper playing 'Battles Over' at 6.45pm. A bugler will play the last post at 6.55pm prior to the lighting of the WW1 Beacon at 7pm. Entrance to the museum is free of charge from 2pm. It is advisable to wear warm clothing.
Norfolk Tank Museum in Forncett St Peter, NR16 1HZ
Norwich Cathedral will host a special Service of Remembrance at 11.40am on November 11 with The Bishop of Norwich preaching. A Service of Light will be held at the Cathedral at 6pm followed by a candlelit procession to City Hall for a short service from 6.45pm including the ringing of the city bells and lighting of a beacon. Silhouettes paying tribute to soldiers who died in battle will be displayed in the Cathedral as part of the nationwide There But Not There project.
To read more about Remembrance events in Norwich City Centre click here.
On the evening of Armistice Day at 6pm St Cuthbert’s Church in Sprowston will be hosting an evening of music, drama and poetry with local actors and the Norwich Community Choir.
St Cuthbert's Church, Wroxham Rd, Sprowston, NR7 8TZ
Christ Church,Eaton will be holding a short service of Remembrance at 9.30 am on Armistice Day, Sunday November 11. At 10.45am, there will be an Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial, Newmarket Road, Eaton.
Christ Church, Church Avenue, Norwich NR2 2AQ
The Norfolk Festival of Remembrance will take place at the Hippodrome Circus in Great Yarmouth at 4.30pm on November 11. More details here.
There will be a WW1 commemoration in St George's Park in Great Yarmouth following the 11.15am service in Park Baptist Church.
The Remember Us event at St George's in Rollesby takes place at 6.30pm on Armistice Sunday evening, with prayers, hymns, songs, stories poems, and the ringing of the church bells.