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dis­play­ing sev­eral thou­sand pop­pies knit­ted by the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Can­ter­bury Cathe­dral will par­tic­i­pate in the 6am lament pip­ing, Last Post and Bea­con of Light cer­e­monies and wreaths will be laid at the War Memo­rial, fol­lowed by a ser­vice.

That evening Ger­many’s Hein­rich-Schütz- Kan­torei will join lo­cal choirs in a per­for­mance of or­gan­ist-composer Adrian Bawtree’s Re­mem­brance and Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion.


The 2018 poppy appeal has a knit­ted theme with in­stal­la­tions in, for ex­am­ple, Can­ter­bury, Ash­ford, Ton­bridge, Hawkhurst, Maid­stone and Med­way.

More than 7000 knit­ted pop­pies festoon Can­ter­bury’s Mar­lowe Ar­cade, cre­ated by vol­un­teers as far afield as Uruguay, while the city’s West Gate tower is dec­o­rated with pop­pies cun­ningly crafted from plas­tic bot­tles and draped in Army do­nated net­ting.

This year, the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion’s cam­paign slo­gan is ‘Thank You.’ “We want to in­spire peo­ple to thank those who died or changed the world,” ex­plains the Le­gion’s Jane Ayres. “We’re also ask­ing peo­ple to re­search their fam­ily or club her­itage to trace those who fought. Ev­ery­one’s got a story to tell.”

Ton­bridge so­cial his­to­rian

Pam Mills adds: “It’s all about re­mem­brance, and not just in Novem­ber.”

Pam’s home town will wel­come Herr Halil Öz­tas, the Mayor of Heusen­stamm, to lay a wreath on 11 Novem­ber. The Ger­man town has en­joyed a close twin­ning re­la­tion­ship with Ton­bridge since 1984. Herr Öz­tas says: “It is a spe­cial oc­ca­sion which brings me to Ton­bridge in Novem­ber.

“It will be 100 years since the end of the First World War and the end of a tragic chap­ter in our joint his­tory, in which so many of our coun­try­men had to en­dure so much suf­fer­ing.

“It is there­fore our supreme task to pre­vent fu­ture wars and What: VCs for Val­our – Sap­per VCs of the First World War

Where: Royal En­gi­neers Mu­seum, Gilling­ham

Un­til: 21 De­cem­ber 2018

About: Dis­play of Vic­to­ria Crosses be­long­ing to sol­diers of the Royal En­gi­neers

Cost: In­cluded in ad­mis­sion

Con­tact: 01634 822839, www.re-mu­seum.co.uk

What: Be­yond War – Vi­su­al­is­ing Peace: Artists re­spond to the Ar­mistice of 1918 Where: Beaney House of Knowl­edge and Art, Can­ter­bury

When: 10 Novem­ber 2018 to 10 Fe­bru­ary 2019

About: Wartime women-themed works by artist/il­lus­tra­tor Kre­mena Dim­itrova

Cost: Free

Con­tact: 01227 862162, can­ter­bury­mu­se­ums.co.uk/beaney

What: Ar­mistice cel­e­bra­tion

Where: Can­ter­bury Christ Church Univer­sity

When: 9 Novem­ber 2018

About: Talks by his­to­rian Dr Martin Watts and Rev. Dr David Van­ner­ley, ex­hi­bi­tion, a Songs of the Great War con­cert and mu­sic mas­ter­class with mu­si­cians Johnny Her­ford and Libby Burgess, ser­vice and trib­ute lay­ing

Cost: Free

Con­tact: 01227 922994, www.can­ter­bury.ac.uk/arts-and-cul­ture

What: Re­gen­er­a­tion

Where: Oast Theatre, Ton­bridge

When: 10–17 Novem­ber 2018

About: Stage adap­ta­tion of Pat Barker’s nov­els, fea­tur­ing po­ets Wil­fred Owen and Mat­field-born Siegfried Sas­soon

Cost: From £7.50

Con­tact: 01732 363849, www.oastthe­atre.com

What: War Re­quiem, by Ben­jamin Brit­ten Where: Ton­bridge School Chapel

When: 24 Novem­ber 2018

About: Ton­bridge Phil­har­monic Choir, con­duc­tor Matthew Wil­lis

Cost: From £8

Con­tact: www.ton­phil.org.uk/tick­ets

What: My Boy Jack

Where: Tower Theatre, Folke­stone

When: 8–10 Novem­ber 2018

About: Rud­yard Ki­pling’s tragic play about his son John

Cost: From £10

Con­tact: 01303 223925, www.tow­erthe­atre­folke­stone.co.uk/event/ my-boy-jack

ABOVE: The orig­i­nal Mark IV war tank ar­rived in Ton­bridge on 29 July 1919 and was driven from the then South Eastern Rail­way sta­tion to its new site on the north side of Ton­bridge Cas­tle by the Tank Corps de­liv­ery crew. It was bro­ken up in 1938 © Pri­vate col­lec­tion‘We want to in­spire peo­ple to thank those who died or changed the world’

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