Nottinghamshire WW1 Roll of Honour Centenary Memorial

June 2018 to April 2019

Nottingham Victoria Embankment

The memorial will provide a befitting and lasting commemoration, listing the names of all those people from the county and the city who lost their lives during the war. The monument, which has been commissioned by Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council with support from Gedling, Rushcliffe, Newark and Sherwood, Bassetlaw, Ashfield, Broxtowe and Mansfield, is due to be installed in April next year and will be located in the Memorial Gardens on Nottingham's Victoria Embankment.

Southwell Poppy Yarn Bomb

The Southwell Yarn Bomb team are covering the town in poppies this year in remembrance of the young me of Southwell who gave their lives in WWI. The project will help raise funds for the Royal British Legion. Anyone can join in by knitting or crocheting a red poppy.

Poppy patterns are available at Southwell Library or you are free to use your own.  You can also drop off completed poppies at the library.  For more information and to get involved please contact Sue using

War Horse at Rufford Abbey Outdoor Cinema

17 August 6:30pm

Rufford Country Park

Watch Steven Spielberg’s First World War epic War Horse in the open air at a special screening on the field at the abbey.

Victoria Cross Recipients Display

  • Rufford Park Heritage Day on Wednesday 11 July
  • Newark Library on Monday 15 October to Friday 19 October
  • Southwell Minster Monday 5 November to Thursday 8 November 

War Poetry Festival at Southwell Workhouse

Saturday 28 July to Saturday 11 August

This year’s poetry festival at Southwell Workhouse will focus on war poems.  There will be contemporary poems included and you will have the opportunity to write your own poetry verses.

Private Peaceful

Monday 15 October and Tuesday 16 October
Newark Palace Theatre

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One, Private Peaceful relives the life of Private Tommo Peaceful, a young soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn. During the night he looks back at his short but joyful past growing up in rural Devon: his exciting first days at school; the accident in the forest that killed his father; his adventures with Molly, the love of his love; and the battles and injustices of war that brought him to the front line.

Winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year, Private Peaceful is by third Children's Laureate, Michael Morpurgo. His inspiration came from a visit to Ypres where he was shocked to discover how many young soldiers were court-marshalled and shot for cowardice during the First World War.

Suitable for ages 8+

Tickets £15.50, £14.00 Concession.
Schools price available, please contact the box office 01636 655755

Britten’s War Requiem Concert

4 November Evening Performance

Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham

To commemorate the end of the First World War, Nottingham Harmonic Choir presents two contrasting, powerful and poignant works; the War Requiem and Vaughan Williams’ Lark Ascending. Tickets from £12-25.

Collingham in the Great War

Collingham Parish Council is co-ordinating many community events to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice 1918 in Collingham.

Local history is the key theme with many local community groups getting involved with talks, exhibitions, music concerts and services.

Games of Remembrance

8 November 12noon and 7pm

Notts County FC and Nottingham Forest FC

The Army men’s and women’s teams will both be taking part in the 2018 Games of Remembrance to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

The teams will play their opposite numbers from the German Bundeswehr. The women’s match will kick off at 12noon at Meadow Lane, the home of Notts County, and the men’s match at 7pm at the City Ground, home of Nottingham Forest.

Commemoration Service at Southwell Minster

7 November

Southwell Minster

The Dean of Southwell Minster will conduct a Commemorative Service and Armed Forces Covenant signing to mark the end of the Great War. The service will honour the sacrifice those from Nottinghamshire who died in the conflict, pay respect to current armed forces personnel and show commitment to the armed forces community in the future.

World War One Beacons of Light

11th November from 7pm

Across the United Kingdom

On 11 November 2018 the United Kingdom and its friends overseas will mark the day 100 years ago when the guns fell silent at the end of the First World War. At 7pm across the UK over 1000 Beacons of Light will be lit, symbolising an end to the darkness of war and a return to the light of peace. This will be followed by ‘the ringing out of peace’ at 7:05pm as the bells of over 1,000 churches and cathedrals ring out in celebration of the end of the First World War.

Children’s Poppy Exhibition at Thoresby Gallery

Thoresby Gallery is encouraging local children to colour in poppies for display in the court yard gallery during November.

The exhibition will go live on Sunday 11 November at 11.02am, after a 2 minutes silence takes place in the Courtyard, and will run until Monday 27 November.

Children are encouraged include their names and age on the front of the poppy and visit the exhibition with their family during November to view the field of poppies on display.

There But Not There

There But Not There is the 2018 Armistice project for armed forces charities. A number of local town and parish councils will be purchasing There But Not There metal silhouettes of first world war soldiers known as Tommies.

Two Tommies will be installed in the church gardens in Newark.

Funding for events

To mark the 100 year centenary of The Great War, Nottinghamshire County Council has established the Community Commemoration Fund. 

Financial grants of up to £300 are available to local communities to help reflect on what the war meant for their local area and how the lives of people were changed forever.

Contact us

Newark and Sherwood District Council
Castle House
Great North Road
NG24 1BY

01636 650000


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