Our guide to Remembrance events in Cambridgeshire: How centenary of the end of the First World War will be marked
Events will be held across the region in remembrance of the fallen 100 years on from the end of the Great War
Remembrance Sunday will be marked with an array of special events across Cambridge this Sunday, the centenary of the end of the First World War.
A service at Great St Mary’s Church will commence at 10.55am on Sunday and will include an address by former chief of the general staff, Lord Dannatt. The service will finish at 12.15pm.
The Cambridge Royal British Legion, in association with King’s College, is marking the occasion with a special Remembrance Day service at the Cambridge war memorial on Hills Road.
A march will begin at 10am from Station Road to the war memorial, arriving at around 10.20am, and the police will close the roads at 10.15am. It is likely there will be no access to the event after that time for safety reasons, so members of the public are asked to arrive by 10am.
The service at 11am will be transmitted live on local radio and recorded for subsequent transmission by both the BBC and ITV. It will also be attended by a delegation from Heidelberg, the German city which has been twinned with Cambridge since soon after the Second World War.
The choir of King’s College will be performing at the service, and the vice-chancellor, Professor Stephen J Toope, will lay a wreath on behalf of the university.
Padre Jonathan Knight, from the Cambridge Royal British Legion (RBL), who will officiate the service at the war memorial, said: “November 11, 2018, is a significant occasion for the university and the city because it marks, to the minute, the implementation of the armistice which brought the First World War to its conclusion.
“This was an unhappy period in which many from the town and the gown died prematurely for a cause which many of them perhaps never understood completely.
“We at Cambridge RBL think this will be a fitting tribute to the many who died and that the opportunity to hold this formal celebration is unrepeatable.”
The choir – which will be conducted by director of music Stephen Cleobury CBE – is famed for its choral services, in particular the Evensong services and the Christmas Eve service.
Musical accompaniment will be provided by Waterbeach brass under musical director Andrew Kershaw.
They will be joined by members of the Cambridge army, sea and air cadets and the scout association.
Every secondary school in the city has been asked to send 10 students to this historic event. Civic representatives from Heidelberg in southern Germany will also be present, along with mayor of Cambridge, Cllr Nigel Gawthorpe, and Daniel Zeichner, the city’s MP.
At Clare College, 199 unique orders of service will be printed, each telling the story of a different soldier, who either did not take up their place at the college or left midway through or after their studies, and was killed in action.
Your at-a-glance guide to events in and around Cambridge
■ American Cemetery at Madingley
Monday: The annual Veterans Day Ceremony will be held at 11am on November 12. Attendance is free and open to the public.
■ Bar Hill
Sunday: A short parade then a service at Bar Hill Church at 10am.
Sunday: Royal British Legion parade – Walk from Station Road to the war memorial on Hills Road at 10am, followed by a service.
There is also a Remembrance Day Service at Great St Mary’s Church, starting at 10.55am.
Festival of Remembrance at 6pm at the Salvation Army Citadel on Mill Road.
There will be a gathering from 10.30am at Histon Road cemetery to remember all those who died in war and those with memorials in the cemetery. After the silence at 11am there will be a walk to place a poppy at the memorials of the young men who died in the battles of 1918. The gathering will be led by the Rev Deborah McVey.
Sunday: Parade and ceremony at the war memorial, 10.45-11.30am.
■ Imperial War Museum, Duxford
Sunday: At 11am, a two-minute silence will be observed across IWM Duxford, starting and ending with a whistle blast in remembrance of the signal to go ‘over the top’ in the trenches during the Great War. At 12.30pm, RAF Cadets will lead a procession from the centre of the museum site to AirSpace in preparation for a traditional Service of Remembrance at 1pm.
■ Ely Cathedral
Sunday: A parade marches from St Mary’s Green towards the cathedral for a service at 10.30am.
Sunday: From 10am, a service takes place at St Andrew’s Church on Cambridge Road. This will be followed by a short parade to the war memorial in the village.
Sunday: An act of remembrance at war memorial at 11am, followed by service in St Andrew’s Church.
Sunday: From 10am, Newton morning service, followed by prayers at 11am at the war memorial.
Friday and Saturday: Histon and Impington Voices of WWI presentation – 7.30pm, St Andrew’s Church hall. Tickets £4 available from church
office, Histon library and Joyce Horkley on 01223 232744. A Home Front publication will also be available.
Sunday: The dedication of updated WWI Roll of Honour takes place during the 9am
service at St Andrew’s Church.
The Remembrance parade will begin at 10.30am from the Histon and Impington Royal British Legion Club followed by the traditional Remembrance service on Memorial Green off Station Road from 10.45am.
Sunday: Parade leading up to a Remembrance service at St Mary’s Church from 9-11am.