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First World War Centenary Commemorations

Since 2014 and the 100th Anniversary of the start of WWI, Colchester Borough Council has been supporting and facilitating a number of commemorative events.

IN THIS ARTICLE

  • What to do if you are planning a commemorative event
  • List of upcoming events

Colchester Remembers

Since 2014 and the 100th Anniversary of the start of WWI, Colchester Borough Council has been supporting and facilitating a number of commemorative events across the Borough of Colchester.

This is under the guidance of the government and a number of other partners who are all working on the national commemorations of the centenary of WWI between 2014 - 2018, and this includes national and local commemorative events and cultural activities.

As the 2018 anniversary date approaches, we are keen to encourage local people to continue to hold their own commemorations, events and projects, and can offer advice and assistance for those wishing to do so.

The Borough Council is looking to commemorate the centenary itself in a number of ways and details will be included here once they are confirmed.

If you are planning a commemorative event, please let us know by emailing Fiona.Garthwaite@colchester,gov.uk and we will include the details of your event in the diary of events.

A number of events have already been arranged in the Borough the details of which are set out in the diary of events below. This list will be kept updated during the year.

One off events

DateEventLocationLead
3rd March 2018Reconciliation - launch of an anthology of new poems commemorating World War IMinories, High Street Colchester 
21 April 2018Themed Tea DanceMoot Hall, Town Hall, High Street, ColchesterCBC/Mayor Oxford
7 July 2018Royal British Legion sponsored Poppy WalkCastle Park, ColchesterAngela Tillett - Royal British Legion
November 2018WW1 display MinoriesHigh Street ColchesterJane Scott
11 November 2018Remembrance SundayWar Memorial, High Street , ColchesterRoyal British Legion / CBC
11 November 2018Commemorative tree plantingCastle Park, ColchesterCBC/ Parks
11 November 2018Beacon LightingCastle Park, ColchesterCBC/Mayor
24 November to 02 December 2018Planting of Commemorative WoodlandCastle Park, ColchesterCBC Parks/ Mayor

Long running exhibitions

DateEventLocationLead
July 18 - January 2019WWI displaysCastle Museum, ColchesterCBC/ Museums service
29 Sept 18 - 20 Jan 2019Not yet at EaseFirstsiteFirstsite

Other activities

TBC