They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.





From 11 pm on August 4 1914

a state of war existed between Great Britain and Germany

As I am sure many of you will know, on the 4th August 2014, this country will commemorate the centenary of the start of World War 1 and a truly momentous event in our nation’s history. 

The village of Hilton, cannot let this anniversary pass without due remembrance, respect, humility and grateful thanks to those brave young men, who gave their lives for our future freedom.

Fitting tributes are still in the planning stages, but we wanted you all to mark the date in your calendar and come along and commemorate this historical milestone with friends and neighbours.

As always, our local church will be a focus of our commemoration, hosting a display of local memorabilia; with music and floral displays on Sunday 3rd and Monday 4th August.  On the evening of the 4th August we plan to have a special tea in the Village Hall with music of the era, the Hilton Archive, a change in mood as the evening progresses with a candlelit procession, a special commemorative peal of bells and a somber bell toll as we reach 11 pm.

These are just some of the events we have planned. Much more information will be available shortly on the village website ( and in Spectrum over the coming months.

We are gathering stories and mementoes from our village community – have you got something hidden up in your loft or the cupboard under the stairs; a box under the bed or loved one’s letters tied up with a ribbon – if so, please contact Margaret Shardlow on 01480 831186, who would love to hear from you. If you would like to find out more, or help with the events, please contact one of the team:-


Margaret Shardlow           01480 831186

Jane Shardlow                  01480 831864

Doreen Bates                    01480 830250

Helen Attwood                   01480 830690

Liz Bush                            01480 830202

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Hilton  Reflects  on 1914alt


Sunday August 3rd and Monday August 4th


Plans for Hilton’s commemoration of the start of World War 1 are beginning to take shape as you can see from the details below:-

  • Floral Displays will be featured in the Church on the Sunday and Monday. There will be an exhibition of your memorabilia of the era, not exclusively the war itself, and also hopefully some examples of work your children will have produced in school.
  • Monday evening in the Village Hall – come and join us  for Songs of the Time – Roses of Picardy, It’s a Long Way to Tipperary, etc – refreshments provided by members of the Women’s Institute
  • We will be holding a formal and solemn candlelit vigil in our village Church on the Monday evening - many such vigils will be held in local communities throughout the country, including Westminster Abbey and Glasgow Cathedral. They are intended to reflect the night of August 4th 1914 when vigils were held and ended at 11 pm, the precise time when war for Great Britain began.  As in 1914, our vigil will come to a significant end by the extinguishing of a final candle. To start our vigil we will process from the Village Hall to our Lychgate Memorial, where we will pause to reflect on the names of the young men of Hilton who gave their lives in the war.

Please keep looking out for your exhibition contributions such as old family photos, timely recipes, inherited handicrafts, letters - not only about the conflict but life in those times. You can let any of us know about them, at any time, we already have some wonderful promises but know there are many more to come. 


We thought it would be a wonderful opportunity for young and old to plant some poppy seeds in your gardens – if everyone joins in, Hilton gardens will represent the Flanders poppy fields, a fitting tribute to all the men and women who lived and died in Europe and here at home, not forgetting our Hilton boys whose names are displayed on the memorial and who have ancestors living in our village today.

L E Beck                         P G Harradine               J Roslyn                       B C Yates

E J Cook                         F W Hurst                      N B Souper                 L Yates

J Ellwood                        H Jennings                    C H Wright-Ingle


Did you know that every surname in Great Britain at the time of the war is recorded in the Military Cemeteries and the Memorials to the Fallen with no known graves at Thiepval and the Menin Gate?


Please get in touch with us if you have any items of interest or would just like to be involved in the events.


Helen Attwood  830690    Doreen Bates   830250      Liz Bush 830202

Julie Briggs      830580    Jane Shardlow  831864      Margaret Shardlow  831186

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The Soldier 
Rupert Brooke 1887–1915
IF I should die, think only this of me;
That there's some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England. There shall be
In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,
A body of England's breathing English air,
Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.
And think, this heart, all evil shed away,
A pulse in the eternal mind, no less
Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;
Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;
And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.



Last Updated on Friday, 07 March 2014 14:43