TIME TO REFLECT: Andrew Nicholson plays the Last Post in the grounds of The Bowes Museum
TIME TO REFLECT: Andrew Nicholson plays the Last Post in the grounds of The Bowes Museum

Remembrance Day services will take on an added poignancy this Sunday as people across the country mark the 100th anniversary of the armistice in the First World War. Here’s what’s happening near you

Barnard Castle

FOLLOWING a service at St Mary’s Parish Church at 10.45am on Sunday, November 11, there will be a parade along Newgate at 11.40am to the war memorial at The Bowes Museum followed by wreath laying at 11.50am.

Refreshments will be available at Barnard Castle School, the Masonic Hall and The Witham from 12.30pm. During the afternoon Battle’s Over vignettes by the Castle Players will also be performed at the three locations. A commemorative choir concert will take place at 5.45pm at the Methodist Church.

The Last Post will be sounded at the Scar Top at 6.58pm and a beacon will be lit at 7pm followed by “cry for peace” by the town crier. Remembrance Requiem featuring Barnard Castle School Festival Orchestra and Choral Society will be performed at The Witham from 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 for adults and £8 for under 16s.


THE service for Remembrance Sunday at St Michael and All Angels is at 10.45am.


A REMEMBRANCE day tea will take place in Boldron Village Hall from 5.30pm on Sunday, November 11.

Then a plaque will be unveiled to mark the planting of an oak tree. The lighting of a beacon will take place at 7pm followed by the sounding of Last Post.

Bowes and Gilmonby

BOWES Parish Council has commissioned commemorative mugs to remember those men from Bowes and Gilmonby who fell in the Great War.

They will be presented at Bowes and Gilmonby Village Hall on Sunday, November 11, between 2pm and 4pm. They are free to all residents of both villages.

There will be an exhibition about the men who didn’t return and other First World War memorabilia, along with silhouettes representing the soldiers. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served and there will be a collection for Help for Heroes, Phoenix House, Catterick Garrison.

The Remembrance Day service takes place at St Giles at 10.30am.


PEOPLE will gather to remember the fallen at St Mary’s church at 10am. Later that day, people are invited back to the church to remember and reflect on the armistice centenary. At 6pm on November 11, there will be the screening of a film depicting the joy and sadness of the era, followed by light refreshments. Admission free, donations welcome in aid of Help for Heroes. More details from Lesley Hall, 01388 718685.


A BEACON will be lit at 7pm on Sunday, November 11, and the recommended viewing point is Whistle Cragg. This will be followed by bell ringing at the Holy Trinity Church before verses and prayers at the memorial stone at the village hall at 7.20pm.


ETHERLEY Methodist Church has a waterfall of recycled plastic poppies on display during the remembrance weekend.


ST Paul’s Church, Evenwood, will be for prayerss and to view the poppy display on Friday, November 9, between 1pm and 3pm and Saturday, November 10, between 11am and 3pm.

On Sunday, November 11, a church service will be held at 10am.

Then there will be procession to the war memorial in Evenwood for an act of Remembrance and laying of tributes at 11am. All are invited back to St Paul’s Church for light refreshments. At 11.02am the church bells will ring out.


IN the week leading up to Remembrance Day, hand crafted “Tommies” will be placed in the graveyard around the war memorial and surrounding areas to represent the 26 men who didn’t return from the First World War.

The “Tommies” will be moved to the war memorial in the graveyard at St Mary’s Church on the morning of Sunday, November 11, as a visual reminder of all who died.

A service will take place at the church at the usual time.


ST JAMES will hold a Remembrance Day service at 10.30am.

Hutton Magna

A SERVICE takes place at St Mary’s, Hutton Magna, from 10am


VILLAGERS are hosting a remembrance celebration in the village hall after the usual church services.

From 11.45am there will be homemade cafes and drinks on offer. In the village hall a handmade canvas – made by children and adults in Ingleton – will be mounted and displayed for all to see.

There will be war poetry readings, music from the First World War era and memorabilia from the era on show.

The names of 19 members of the parish who went off to war will be mounted around the hall for all to see.


A SERVICE at the parish church begins at 10.30am and all are welcome..


ST John’s Church, Lynesack, will have a war-themed breakfast on Sunday, November 11, at 9.30am. Breakfast at the church will be followed by a service at 10am before moving onto Butterknowle war memorial for 11am. Parishioners will then visit Copley War Memorial at 11.15am and Woodland War Memorial at 11.30am.


A VICTORY dance featuring Demaris Jean’s Ragtime Rewind will take place at the village hall on Saturday, November 10, with a commemorative display board. It takes place from 7.30pm to 11pm. Tickets are £12.


EXHIBITION at Cafe Fresh titled Horses at War with a selection of original charcoal drawings from equine artist Jane Wills there is a wealth of information on the role animals played in the war effort.

The exhibition is open daily from 10am until 4pm and runs until Monday, November 12. The church service at St Mary’s, followed by wreath laying at the memorial, will take place at 10am.


REMEMBRANCE service starts at St Romald’s at 10.30am.


AN exhibition to mark the centenary of the end of the Great War will be open at the Scarth Hall between 1pm and 4pm on Saturday, November 11. This takes place after the church service at St Mary’s at 10.45am.


A REMEMBRANCE service will take place at Holy Trinity Church, in Startforth, at 10.30am followed by wreath laying at the war memorial outside the church.

St Helen Auckland

ST Helen Auckland Parish Church is inviting people to light one of 100 votive candles on Saturday, November 10 and Sunday, November 11.

The candles will burn in church for 24 hours to mark the centenary of the e armistice.

They will be available to light for a donation of £1 in aid of The Royal British Legion. The Great War will be remembered with music during a service at 4pm on Saturday, November 10.

This will include choral music, solo voice and instrumental pieces for flute, violin and organ. The one-hour event is free but a donation can be made to The Royal British Legion. Solemn Requiem Mass will be celebrated at the church on Sunday, November 11, at 10am.

The church will be open from 10am to 4pm on Saturday and 11.30am to 2pm on Sunday. Visitors will be able to take a look inside the church’s new extension and community room to enjoy a coffee and a cake.

West Auckland

A SERVICE of remembrance will take place at the war memorial on Sunday, November 11, at 3pm.

Anyone wishing to join the parade should meet outside The Well at 2.40pm.

Wreaths will be laid at the Pant and the names of those who sacrificed their lives during the Great War will be read out. Refreshments will be served afterwards at the parish community rooms in Monteith Close. There will be a screening of the documentary of First World War stories from the Gaunless Valley at West Auckland Memorial Hall on Remembrance Sunday at 1pm. Admission is by donation.


A REMEMBRANCE service, “steps towards reconciliation”, will take place at St Mary’s Church, Whorlton, on Sunday, November 11, at 4pm when there will be readings, a service of poems and reflections. All welcome.


A REMEMBRANCE exhibition will be on show in St Andrew’s Church, Winston, on Saturday, November 10, between 11am and 3pm.

In addition to floral tributes, exhibition of records, pictures and artefacts there will be eight perspex “Tommies” placed at the site. On Sunday, November 11, there will be a service at St Andrew’s at 9.30am. Then at 6.55pm Last Post will be sounded and a beacon lit followed by church bells ringing.


ST Mary’s will hold a remembrance service at 9.30am