Commemorations for the First World War
The Bishop of Lynn has written a prayer which you may like to use:
Download a Prayer Card for churches (.pdf / 525kb)
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First World War commemorations at Norwich Cathedral
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Briefing note for parishes
'As the centenary year of the beginning of the First World War dawns, the Diocese has received some timely information from the Very Revd. June Osborne, Dean of Salisbury. June represents the Church of England on the national organising committee and has produced a briefing note intended for distribution to every parish.
The briefing note contains useful links to websites connected to the Centenary Commemoration's principal themes. As we have already received a number of requests for help with liturgical resources. June Osborne's request to open churches on August 4th, the anniversary of Britain's declaration of war on Germany, falls within this year's Open Churches Week (August 2nd -9th). This provides an additional opportunity for churches to present visitors with a Christian perspective on the impact that the war had in our communities. Please note that the official vigil candles for use on August 3rd and 4th will be on sale at Marks and Spencer stores
The Visitors and Open Churches Mission Action Team will also produce resources for churches considering how best to participate. We hope to offer more local perspectives on the conflict and encourage the telling of unique and insightful stories that can illuminate the period in a different and in some ways more compelling way than major commemorations. We would also welcome details of events that you have planned or may be planning over the next four years. A designated area on the diocesan website will be set aside to allow notices of events to be posted. One particular website the team would like to draw your attention to is www.roll-of-honour.com This site is dedicated to those men and women who fell fighting for their country, and through the work of volunteers provides a very comprehensive records which gives more information on the lives of those whose names we are remembering.
The churches of our Diocese have an important opportunity over the next few years to reflect on the Church of England then and now, and our continuing engagement with issues of courage, sacrifice, peace and reconciliation.
It has been very good to hear of the wide range of approaches that parishes have adopted for commemoration plans. If you would like any further advice or suggestions for resources please contact me or Caroline Rawlings
With all good wishes
Chair, Visitors and Open Churches Mission Action Team.
Home Front Legacy Project
helping local communities identify and map the remains of the First World War in Britain
Running from 2014–2018, the Home Front Legacy project is supporting community groups researching local places associated with the Great War with an online toolkit and guidance for recording the remains of surviving sites, structures and buildings around Britain.
The local knowledge gathered will be presented on a UK-wide map of sites and projects, and will help them to better understand the legacy of the War on our landscape and consciousness. The data will also be submitted to the UK’s national and local archaeological records to inform planning decisions and help to safeguard First World War remains for generations to come.
For more information please click here or visit the Home Front Legacy Project's website http://www.homefrontlegacy.org.uk/wp/
WW1 Rural Communities History Event
This year, as part of the First World War Centenary commemoration, Barford has joined forces with surrounding villages and towns along the Yare and Tiffey Valleys. In conjunction with the National Heritage Open Days scheme, the village will be hosting a weekend of exhibitions and events highlighting the impact of WW1 on rural communities.
Material, displays and collective memories from the villages of Barham Broom, Barford , Bawburgh, Marlingford, Mattishall, Whinburgh, Westfield, Wramplingham,* and as well as information from the Wymondham Heritage museum will form the backdrop to a series of events and displays taking place over the weekend of the 13th and 14th of September. A special free concert from the Marham Military Wives Choir will take place on Sunday morning – booking essential
6 sites in the village will be open to the public free of charge as part of the WW1 Rural History event
More information can be found at
or download an information sheet here: Barford_WW1_community_Heritage_Festival_for_HODs_weekend_PR_july_5th_update.doc