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First World War Centenary: 2014-18

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Adur and Worthing commemorate the Centenary of the First World War (WW1).

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the bloodiest conflict in human history came to an end. World War One was officially over and the Armistice was signed.

2018 marks 100 years since the end of the conflict, and to commemorate the centenary a series of events are taking place across Adur and Worthing.

WW1 soldiers outside a house in Worthing (small)

As Councils we are overseeing a number of specific occasions linked to the end of the First World War.

We are creating a calendar of all the commemorative events taking place in Adur & Worthing; if you have an event and would like it listed below, please contact:

WW1 soldiers assembled in a street in Worthing

Photo above: First World War troops assembled in a street in Worthing
Photo top: First World War soldiers outside a house in Worthing

Photos on this page credit: Photo collection, Worthing Museum & Art Gallery


2018 Events

You can find out more about about local events or exhibitions relating to the First World War Centenary on our website, or on external websites, using the links below:

Events in Adur and Worthing
DateEvent details and link
27th March 2018 Planting of WW1 Memorial Tree
Beach House Park
April onwards Adur and Worthing: Where the Wild Flowers Grow
Across Adur and Worthing
For a list of the locations and times of the community sowing please see our wildflower webpage
12th May 2018 Freedom of the Borough on Richebourg
Worthing Town Hall
1st July 2018 Armed Forces Drumhead Service, Steyne Gardens
details available on the CESA / Royal British Legion website
5th July 2018 to 16th August 2018 (Thursdays) Join in with Worthing Museum's 'Thank You Campaign' in collaboration with the Royal British Legion - details available on the Worthing Museum website. They are asking members of the public to come in and share stories that they have about WW1. They are hoping to use this as part of an exhibition later in the year - details available on the Worthing Museum website.
4th August to 9th September 2018 Southwick's Great War - Exhibitions in the Manor Cottage Heritage Centre, Southwick - details available on the Southwick (Sussex) Society website
5th to 9th August 2018 Great Pilgrimage 90 (GP90) - The Royal British Legion is recreating its 1928 pilgrimage to World War One battlefields for thousands of Legion members
ongoing

Poppy knitting
for details contact Storm Ministries

on the Clock at the Guildbourne Centre

ongoing

Silent Soldiers - for details (and how to get involved) please see item below this table ...

ongoing (dates TBC)

Exhibitions at St Mary de Haura, St Nicolas and The Church of the Good Shepherd in Shoreham

ongoing

Portraits of people from Worthing who died during the First World War are being displayed in phone boxes
for details see the Hold the Front Page website

Autumn 2018

Curator talks at Worthing Museum - throughout the Autumn in the Museum Education Room
details available on the Worthing Museum website
29th November - WWI (home front & front line)
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6th December - WWII (Defence of Sussex)
4th September to 11th November 2018 An exhibition at Marlipins Museum commemorating the centenary of the end of World War I in 1918, with a poignant finale on November 11th.
See Friends of Marlipins Museum website see also Marlipins Museum website
14th October 2018 Worthing Football Club is hosting a special football match in aid of Care for Veterans. This one-off game is a recreation of a match that was held at the club 100 years ago between Worthing Ladies' XI and Wounded Soldiers from the Grange Auxiliary Hospital. For more details see the Care for Veterans websiteThey would love to hear from descendants of the original ladies' team who were as follows: Goal: Miss Booker / Backs: Miss M Saunders, Miss L Saunders / Half-backs: Miss Turner, Miss Prince, Miss Duffield / Forwards: Miss Curvin, Miss Pratt, Miss Peggy (Crockford or Bentall?), Miss Jefferies and Miss Woolgar
20th October to 22nd December 2018 Exhibition to commemorate WW1
details available on the Worthing Museum website
November WW1 film programme at Connaught Theatre
details available on the Worthing Theatres website
5th November 2018 Placing of 600 crosses at the Garden of Remembrance, Worthing Town Hall
5th November 2018 Ceramic Poppies, Worthing Museum Gardens - linked to the opening of the Garden of Remembrance, Worthing Town Hall
5th November 2018 Opening of Worthing Garden of Remembrance
Worthing Town Hall
9th November 2018 Memorial tree planting at Buckingham park, Shoreham
10th November 2018 Education workshop for families
details available on the Worthing Museum website
10th November 2018 Planting of commemoration Tree in Buckingham Park, Shoreham
Adur District Council
11th November 2018 Remembrance Sunday service and parade - Lancing
Lancing war memorial
11th November 2018 Remembrance Sunday service and parade - Shoreham
Shoreham war memorial
11th November 2018 Remembrance Sunday service and parade - Sompting
Sompting church
11th November 2018 Remembrance Sunday service and parade - Southwick
Southwick war memorial
11th November 2018 Remembrance Sunday service and parade - Worthing
Worthing town centre and war memorial
11th November 2018 Battles Over - national beacon lighting event
Worthing seafront
11th November 2018 Beacon lighting event in Adur
details available on the Shoreham Fort website
11th November 2018 Ringing out for Peace
details available on the GOV.UK website

Silent soldiers:

Lancing Parish Council has taken up the invitation from The Royal British Legion to support their 'Silent Soldier' initiative to commemorate 100 years since the end of WW1. The soldier silhouette is a poignant symbol and moving tribute highlighting the sacrifice all men and women gave across the nation during the First World War. More than 1.1 million British and empire service men and women gave their lives during the First World so that the future generations could live theirs. The 'Silent Soldier' stands as a tribute to those who didn't return home and to those whose lives would never be the same again.

All local businesses, community groups and individuals are also invited to get involved in this campaign so that more 'Silent Soldiers' can be located around Lancing to ensure that we pay our respects to those who gave so much. The silhouettes can be obtained through a donation process with The Royal British Legion, details of which can be obtained by contact Lancing Parish Council (email - admin@lancingparishcouncil.gov.uk or telephone 01903 753355) or through The Royal British Legion (email - PBate@britishlegion.org.uk, telephone 01273 411058 or visit the Royal British Legion website).

National events, or events search tools:

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Adur & Worthing Council webpages

The following pages on our website may also be of interest, or use, to you:

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Other useful links

If you are looking for information about the First World War there are a number of external website that you may find of use.

Local information:

National information:

 

WW1 soldiers marching in a street in Worthing

Photo: First World War troops marching in a street in Worthing

Photos on this page credit: Photo collection, Worthing Museum & Art Gallery

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