First World War remembered with exhibition

October 31 2014

STAPLE HILL is this month set to continue its fitting commemoration of the centenary of the First World War.

staple hill wwi exhibitionstaple hill wwi exhibitionstaple hill wwi exhibition

STAPLE HILL is this month set to continue its fitting commemoration of the centenary of the First World War.

As well as its usual services on Remembrance Sunday, the Royal British Legion has an event on Armistice Day and a new service this year at Christ Church, Downend, at 10.45am on November 6, after which crosses will be placed on all the military graves.

Members are as always out in force selling poppies in the run-up to the Remembrance events.

Last month, the RBL held a two-day exhibition at its headquarters in Kendall Road which featured information about the area’s connections with the war. Uniforms, medals, clothing and artefacts were on display as well as photographs, press cuttings, slide shows, and talks.

It also hosted a concert featuring the Military Wives Choir and Bristol Male Voice Choir.

A commemoration event takes place in Emersons Green on November 6, organised by the village hall committee with support from Mangotsfield Rural Parish Council and Sainsbury’s. It takes place at the village hall from 12.30-4.15pm and includes refreshments, entertainment by Melksham Pearlies and Del Boys, and a singsong. Entry is free but tickets must be collected from the village hall by November 1.

Meanwhile, Downend & Bromley Heath Parish Council is still seeking information about the war heroes listed on the memorial in the village centre. Parish council chairman Elizabeth Shepherd has researched the names and published a fascinating article in the council’s latest newsletter. She has had some response, but would love to know more.

It is the only Boy Scout War Memorial on public land in the country, erected in 1921 in memory of members of the 1st Downend Scout Troop who lost their lives in the Great War of 1914-18.


Thursday November 6

10.45am Service at Christ Church Downend

12.30-4.15pm Commemoration event at Emersons Green Village Hall

Sunday November 9

10.15am RBL parade leaves Kendall Road for Page Park service before march back to headquarters

12.30pm Service at Mangotsfield Village 

6.30pmService at St Stephen’s Church Soundwell

Tuesday November 11

11am Service in Fishponds Park