Shows, films, theatre mark 100
ANATIONAL art exhibition, commemorative displays, and a performance of the acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe WWI play Brothers In Arms form part of a village’s centenary events.
The Remembrance 100 Exhibition, open daily from Thursday, November 1 to Tuesday, November 13, at St John the Baptist in Burscough, will mark military and civilian service during the world wars and more recent conflicts, featuring military uniforms and items, medals, and stories of those who served.
The national art installation featuring silhouettes – There But Not There – will also be hosted as a tribute to the Fallen.
A special local commemorative project, ‘Everyone Remembered’, developed in partnership with the Royal British Legion and other churches and businesses, will remember every one of the military personnel from around Burscough who died in WWI.
At St Johns and throughout the village there will be remembrance cards of each individual, and window displays decorated with knitted poppies.
Booths supermarket will feature a special exhibition acknowledging the sacrifice of the war horses which passed through the area on their way to the Western Front.
A series of evening events will also be held at St Johns church.
On Friday, November 2 at 7.30pm, Rev David Banbury and Pete Tomkinson will be sharing stories of their time in the British Army serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, in ‘Faith Under Fire.’
Two film nights take place on Saturday, November 3 and Saturday, November 10 from 7pm.
The first, Joyeux Noel (cert.12), follows the events surrounding the Christmas Truce of 1914. The following week’s showing will be Hacksaw Ridge (cert.15, with some graphic scenes of warfare), a true story of an army medic’s inspiring heroism in World War II.
Both ‘Faith and Film’ nights will be followed by informal discussion for anyone who wishes to stay and talk about the issues explored in the films.
On Friday, November 9 at 7.30pm the church will host a talk all about itself!
Local historian David Orritt will present an illustrated talk all about the building and those commemorated in the stained glass window.
The closing event, fresh from its sell-out run at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, will be a performance of ‘Brother in Arms’ at 7.30pm on Tuesday,November 13.
The play tells the true story of the Chavasse brothers who served with great distinction in World War I, weaving a tale of courage, service, sacrifice and faith.
Tickets cost £3 and are available from the church office, with all proceeds going to forces charities.
Finally, there will be a series of commemorative services throughout the day, followed by a Civic Remembrance Service at St John’s at 3pm during which all of the names of those recorded on the village war memorial will be remembered.
David Banbury, former soldier and now serving vicar at St John the Baptist Church, reflects: “I feel proud to commend the Remembrance 100 events to everyone, and I hope they will prove a fitting tribute to all those who have served.
For more about any of these events, including the daily opening times for the Remembrance 100 exhibition, contact the church office on 01704 897852.