First World War heritage is the theme for a free special afternoon at The Mall Camberley on Saturday 8 November, where visitors can discover wartime through various mediums.
Organised by Surrey Heath Museum, The Mall Camberley and Collectively Camberley, the ‘First World War Remembered’ events will run from 12pm to 4pm featuring music, poetry, reading of a children’s story and a talk on Innocents into War.
The day’s events form a wider commemoration in Camberley of the First World War and its centenary, including Remembrance Sunday throughout the town on Sunday 9 November and Armistice Day on Tuesday 11 November.
First World War Remembered’s first event will feature the Almac Bisley Brass Band who will play tunes from the First World War era including Vimy Ridge from 12pm to 1pm.
Entrants for the Surrey Heath Museum First World War poetry competition - aged between eight and 12 years old - will also display their work in The Mall until 11 November, with a prize giving ceremony to be held on Saturday 8 November at 1.30pm, also in The Mall. University of Surrey Creative Writing Lecturer, Stephen Mooney – who will be judging the entries – says the entrants’ work is of ‘extremely high standard’ and is ‘inspirational’.
A number of First World War related children’s activities will also feature, organised by Surrey Heath Museum.
Local author Murray Rowlands and Councillor Ian Cullen will read War Dogs - a feature about dogs in the First World War – from 2.15pm in the Heritage Gallery. They will then both give a presentation from 3pm on their new publication, Innocents into War about young New Zealand soldiers and their experiences fighting in France, again in the Heritage Gallery.
West End Parish Council, Bisley Parish Council, Chobham Parish Council and Windlesham Parish Council, as well as Surrey Heath Borough Council have been organising the display of large event poppies on the lamp-posts around the Borough. A limited number of these large event poppies will be available for people to write their centenary commemoration messages on.
These will then be publicly displayed on the lawn in front of the Council offices in Knoll Road, Camberley. A minimum donation of £2.50 is requested per poppy, contributing towards the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.
Hundreds of knitted and crocheted poppies by Camberley WI members will also be featured.
Original First World War Memorial stones, preserved from St George’s Church in Camberley - demolished during the early 1970s - will also be displayed on the day.
For more information about the events, contact Surrey Heath Museum curator, Gillian Barnes-Riding, by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: (01276) 707284 (Wed to Fri), or 07598 193223.