Hilton Reflects on 1914
Sunday August 3rd and Monday August 4th
The team are working hard behind the scenes to put together a fitting tribute to commemorate the start of World War 1 for Great Britain and especially our village.
We need your help and support in many ways to make this a memorable village occasion:-
Most importantly, please contact us if you have any items of interest that you are willing to have displayed – not just of the conflict but life generally in 1914.
To help us ‘set the scene’ outside the Village Hall does anyone have a pre-1920’s vehicle, bicycle, or any farm implements that they would be able to lend us – if so, we would love to hear from you.
If you would really like to enter into the authentic spirit of Monday evening by dressing in the style of the day – ladies can you find a bonnet or hat, a shawl or apron and gentleman a bowler hat, cap or waistcoat?
Poppy seeds should be planted by now – but it’s not too late to fill a pot or scatter some in your flower beds.
Jim and Lesley Pullen recently visited both the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres and the Thiepval Memorial where the names of over 117,000 soldiers are displayed with honour – all the soldiers named have no known graves. Jim and Lesley left a British Legion wooden cross at both sites on behalf of the village of Hilton and for this we thank them.
Did you know that during the First World War, 12 million letters were sorted at a depot in Regents Park and sent to soldiers at the Front every week.
Please get in touch with us if you have any items of interest or would just like to be involved in the events. Please look on the village website www.hilton-village.comfor more information on the proposed events. We update the site regularly and you will find some interesting village WW1 archive information available to view as we move ever closer to August 4th.
Programme of Events
Sunday August 3rd – times to be confirmed
St Mary Magdalene Church - Floral displays and memorabilia
Monday August 4th – times to be confirmed
St Mary Magdalene Church – Floral displays and memorabilia
7.00 for 7.30 pm – Hilton Village ‘Music’ Hall Days
(Music, Children’s Choir, Recitations)
8.30 – 9.15 pm – Refreshments
9.15 – 9.45 pm – Music
9.45 pm – Candlelit Procession from Hilton Village Hall
to Church Lychgate
Short ceremony to dedicate new memorial plaque
10.00 pm – Proceed to Church to commence Vigil
11.00 pm Final flame extinguished
Times of events subject to change and the final programme may differ slightly to the above.
Helen Attwood 830690 Doreen Bates 830250 Julie Briggs 830580
Liz Bush 830202 Pauline Reynolds 830216
Jane Shardlow 831864 Margaret Shardlow 831186