Remembrance Sunday – What’s on in your area?

This Sunday 11 November will mark 100 years since the end of the First World War adding extra poignancy to the day when we remember all those who gave their lives for their country.

A number of events will be taking place across South Somerset including:

Friday 9 November: Horsington War Memorial

At 10.00am at the war memorial, 10:30am in St John's church; there will be a service to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the end of WW1. 14 silhouettes, one for each of the local fallen from WW1, will be brought by children from Horsington School from the war memorial to the church, led by a 20-strong contingent from Adjutant General's Corp Detachment, 1 Army Air Corps and veterans.  They will be brought into the church one by one; we will hear their stories and honour them all individually.  Everyone is welcome to join.  You are welcome to come into the school from 9.30am to view the Room of Remembrance.

Sunday 11 November: Rededication of Yeovil's newly renovated War Memorial and Wreath Laying Ceremony

2018 is the centenary of the end of the 1st World War. Yeovil Town Council, who owns the War Memorial in the centre of Yeovil, has marked the occasion by having the Memorial cleaned, and by installing new bronze plaques bearing a revised 'Roll of Honour' correcting some names and adding others. The rededication of the Memorial will take place during the traditional Remembrance Day Wreath Laying Ceremony on 11 November, and everyone is welcome to attend.

For those wanting to attend the Remembrance Day Wreath Laying Ceremony (including the rededication) on Sunday, 11 November, please gather at the War Memorial in the Borough. The parade will be leaving Petters Way car park at 10.30am for the ceremony to start at 10.50am. The Remembrance Day Service will be held at St John's Church once the rededication of the Memorial has taken place.

Sunday 11 November: Stoke-sub-Hamdon: Ham Hill Country Park

Ham Hill Country Park will, as usual, host the Remembrance Sunday Service at the war memorial for the Parish of Stoke. This is all organised by the church and Parish but attracts congregation from quite some distance. In fine weather the service attracts hundreds of people so please travel with time to spare to enable you to park and walk if you plan to attend. For those that cannot walk far alternative parking is provided if they drive around to the Prince of Wales pub they will be directed. The service starts at 10.45am.

Sunday 11 November: Ilminster: Minster Church, Market Square & Beacon Hill 

The Leader of South Somerset District Council, Val Keitch, will be attending the Ilminster service of remembrance. Councillor Mike Best, Vice-chairman of SSDC will be laying the wreath on behalf of SSDC. The Remembrance service and Parade at Minster Church starts at 3.00pm, with a further 'Battle's Over' Assembly in Market Square at 6.00pm. Finally the day ends on Beacon Hill with a 'Battle's Over' tribute.

Sunday 11 November: Octagon Theatre - Armonico Consort: They Shall Not Grow Old

From 7.30pm, Timothy West will perform alongside music sung by the singers of Armonico Consort drawn from moments so closely associated with remembering those who gave everything for our freedom.

The programme includes:

Gregoio Allegri - Miserere Mei

Edward Elgar - Lux Aeterna (Nimrod from Enigma Variations)

Samuel Barber - Agnus Dei (Adagio for Strings)

William Byrd - Aver Verum

Douglas Guest - They Shall Grow Not Old

Tickets cost £20 with a reduction in price for concessions, students and children. To book tickets visit

Sunday 11 November: Free buses

First Bus is offering free bus travel to all customers who wear a poppy on Remembrance Sunday (November 11). The offer will also include all current and former armed forces personnel. The offer extends to the whole of the west of England network, with First Bus trying to encourage people to travel by bus to commemorative events in the area.

Sunday 11 November: Commemoration of the ending of World War One, Templecombe

On Sunday 11 November at Templecombe Sports and Social Club from 4.00pm there will be Afternoon Tea and a BBQ run by the Templecombe Scouts with the chance to sing some wartime songs.

Later that evening at 6.45pm there will be a professional firework display on the village recreation ground commemorating the centenary of the ending of WW1. All villagers are invited to attend the display, there is no charge as it is privately sponsored. Please ensure that any animals of a nervous disposition are safely housed and secure.

19 November 2018: Poppy of Honour - Yeovil Concert Band

The Poppy of Honour is a 10 foot high Poppy that has a named poppy for each individual from Britain and the Commonwealth who lost their lives in the First World War. The Poppy of Honour will be at Yeovil Sports & Social Club, Coronation Avenue BA21 3DY on Monday 19 November and Yeovil Concert Band will be providing music during the morning between 9.45am & 12.00pm. Come and view this magnificent tribute and pay your respects to the fallen while listening to some great music - refreshments will also be provided.

Friday 8 November; Saturday 10 November; Friday 15 November:Community Heritage Access Centre (Yeovil): WW1 self-guided trail around Yeovil 

South Somerset District Council's Community Heritage Access Centre has launched the Yeovil town self-guided trail leaflet that explores the sites and places of interest linked to WW1. On the 8, 10 and 15 November there will be a free guided walk around Yeovil.

Beginning at 11.00am on Waterloo Lane, each of the walks stretch for 1.3km and will provide those who attend with insight into Yeovil during the Great War. The tour comes to an end at Newnham Memorial Hall. There are only 10 places on each of the walk so if you're interested, please email or call 01935 462855.

Saturday 3 November to Sunday 18 November: Martock - WW1 Tribute

There will be a tribute in All Saints' Church, Martock, to the men and women from Martock, Ash and the surrounding area who were involved in the First World War.  It will be similar to the tribute held in 2014, but will contain additional information and photographs.

The tribute will be manned and available for viewing at the following times:-

Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri & Sat               10am to 5pm.

Wed & Sun 4 & 18                              11am to 5pm.

On Sunday 11 September, the tribute will not be manned and, to avoid confliction with Remembrance Sunday services, can be viewed only from noon until 2.00pm and from approximately 4.15pm until 5.00pm.

Entrance is free, but donations towards the cost of staging the event and the Royal British Legion would be much appreciated.

Somerset Heroes: The facts

11,281 Somerset men and women lost their lives in the Great War. Of this total, 42% (4,756) was suffered by one regiment - The Somerset Light Infantry. This Regiment raised 18 battalions during the war. Of these, four battalions served significant time on the Western Front and one - the 1st Battalion - stayed on the Western Front throughout the war and suffered the dreadful figure of 1,315 deaths.

St Johns Churchyard

Above: Yeovil in Bloom's winter installation at St Johns Churchyard, Yeovil. A call was put out earlier this year for residents to knit poppies. The majority are red poppies to remember those who lost their lives in the First World War and other conflicts, but there are some purple poppies for the animals lost in conflicts and some white poppies for peace.