Please support organising Village memorial Events
Coxhoe Village Hall was opened in 1932 with the large hall added in 1938. It was built by public subscription and inspired by a community desire to have a permanent war memorial to the heroes who lost their lives in the great war of 1914-18. Since then an annual remembrance event has been held in the war memorial garden. Interest waned for a while but was revived about 20 years ago by Mary Egglestone with the support of the Village Hall Committee.
It now attracts a large gathering and there is a new enthusiasm with more village groups and individuals involved and offering ideas. Indeed the Parish Council has already secured the erection of a Village flagpole. The Parish Council have been approached with the idea of setting up an informal group to plan and organise the event so that all in the community have an opportunity to be involved.
Ron Mayo and John Hepplewhite have already agreed to help out, but if you’d also like to get involved please contact the Parish Clerk and we’ll set up an initial meeting.
Please volunteer to keep this important community event going
Battles 0ver – A Nations Tribute 11th November 2018
On 3 August 1914, Britain’s foreign minister, Sir Edward Grey, was looking out of his office window. It was dusk, and gas lights were being lit along London’s Mall, leading to Buckingham Palace, when he remarked to a friend, “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime”. Our country was about to be plunged into the darkness of the first world war (WW1), and it would be four long years before Britain and Europe would again experience the light of peace. In commemoration and remembrance of the end of the war and the many millions who were killed or came home dreadfully wounded, a chain of 1000 beacons will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of an and UK Overseas Territories at 7pm on the 11 November 2018 – a century after the guns fell silent. You will be interested to know that more than 320 organisations have already confirmed their involvement. The event will also commemorate the huge army of men and women on the home front who, often in dangerous and exhausting conditions, underpinned the war effort – keeping the wheels of industry turning, bringing the harvests home and ensuring the nation did not starve. The beacons will symbolise the light of hope that emerged from the darkness of war, and we hope to join in this important national commemoration on Sunday 11 November 2018, especially as the majority of you would have had a previous member of your family involved in this four year conflict. Coxhoe Parish Council has confirmed our involvement , but we need to confirm the details. We need to identify a relative of someone who served their country in WW1 so we can invite them to light our beacon. If you have any suggestions please contact us.
If you would like to join us in this special tribute and to help us plan and organise this event please contact Lisa Caine by e-mail: email@example.com