Malpas 100 Years-On Stories

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Delighted with the success of Malpas 100 Years-On Commemoration Weekend – we share the stories we discovered through a year of immense hard work from so many people to commemorate Malpas history during World War One.

Some of Malpas 100 Years-On Committee with Nigel Meyrick


News story   May 2018   Dig out your war treasure for “MALPAS 100 YEARS ON” War Heroes Roadshow with Nigel Meyrick

A spectacular three-day event for “Malpas 100 Years On” takes place in Malpas village on 9th 10th and 11th November 2018 marking the 100th Anniversary of The Armistice.

The search for first world war artefacts to display in November has begun. Local and former residents are being encouraged to share family photographs and memorabilia from the period for a great exhibition. Schoolchildren are being asked to help in providing what will go on display by finding out what contribution, military or otherwise, their families made in the First World War, gathering photos and memorabilia and writing up their family histories both for display.

Displays and exhibitions will appeal to all ages and the commemoration weekend includes choral and drama productions.  Shop windows, period costume and re-enactments are set to transform Malpas village back to 1918.  Street drama to portrait key war events and their impact on village life will entertain onlookers as the Saturday grand parade of period vehicles, horses, carts, carriages and attired residents moves through the streets.  On the recreation ground a trench network will form part of displays and stands in the Great War commemoration time slip.  Youngsters will take part in military style survival training to help them understand the conditions of war.

The Sunday Remembrance Parade will march from the High Street to a service commencing in St. Oswald’s Church at 11am on 11th November.  Wreaths will be laid at the war memorial and with military precision, the retiring parade will be decommissioned on the High Street.

The weekend will culminate as Malpas assemble to light a beacon outside St Oswald’s Church.  The church choir will sing evening service.  A canon gunshot will be fired and a bugler will sound the last post and the beacon will be lit.


Press Release: 7 June 2018   Festival of Poppies for Malpas 100 Years On

Members of Malpas Flower Club with poppies knitted and given by local individuals and groups for Malpas 100 Years On

A spectacular Festival of poppies will adorn St Oswald’s Church in Malpas when the village remembers the First World War this November.  ‘Malpas 100 Years On” committee member and Chair of Malpas Flower Club, Janet Blake, is delighted with the huge response to an appeal to knit a range of poppy heads to be used for the memorial showcase.

“We really appreciate the time and commitment given by our creative local knitters,” says Janet, “thanks to their amazing response there will be around a thousand poppies in designs to commemorate the armed forces and volunteers as well as featuring the role of animals during the First World War.”  Janet continues – “Poppies up the main aisle will depict the fields of France and barbed wire in some displays will serve to remind of the grim realities of war.”

Nifty fingers for delicate wiring by members of Malpas Flower Club is now progressing the detailed work required to fulfil floral displays planned for the entrance and interior of St Oswald’s. The work is part of preparations for the three-day commemoration event taking place in the village on 9th, 10thand 11thNovember to mark the 100thAnniversary of The Armistice.

“Our mission for the weekend is to remember and honour those who fought and died at the time of the Great War.” says Richard Hoffman, Chairman of Malpas 100 Years On committee.  “The work being completed by local knitters and Malpas Flower Club will perfectly reflect our commemoration objectives and recognise the hardship and sacrifices endured.  It’s wonderful to hear how much support Janet has received, enhancing community spirit is a big part of Malpas 100 Years On.”

Visitors over the weekend and those attending “The Armed Man” performance by Nantwich Choral Society on Friday 9thNovember, will be able to share with St Oswald’s Church congregations the splendid and respectful commemoration of 1918.

Press Release 4 May 2018

Logo designed by Jean Ashley

 Fairy Quadmothersprinkles magic dust on “Malpas 100 Years On” Logo

“Malpas 100 Years On” committee are proud to share a logo personally designed for them by Jean Ashley, a talented local artist.  The logo wistfully depicts a soldier standing in the foreground of ploughed fields stretching back to St Oswald’s Church on the horizon. The logo symbolises the enormous tribute Malpas pays during 2018 in their commemoration marking the 100thAnniversary of The Armistice.

The design will be displayed throughout the year on signs and promotional materials to raise awareness and provide a keepsake.  Community spirited, Jean Ashley has lived in the Malpas area for over 37 years regularly supporting local activities and events and kindly agreed to design a logo to encourage interest in the three-day event taking place in Malpas on 9th, 10thand 11thNovember.  A drinking cup using the logo will be available for purchase in the lead up and during the commemorations.

“We want to say a big thank you to Jean for giving her time to help us,” says Richard Hoffman, Chairman of Malpas 100 Years On committee.  “The logo Jean has designed perfectly reflects our message to encourage participation in our commemoration of Malpas in the First World War.”

Jean Ashley

Jean Ashley is more widely known for her impressive dedication to health and fitness.  Following a discovery that one of her own team mates had suffered seriously with an eating disorder; Jean is currently taking on her own challenges to raise money to support a modern battle against the illness through BEAT.

Affectionately nicknamed “The Fairy Quadmother”, Jean has taken on a three-stage challenge for her 60thBirthday in aid of the charity BEAT.  The first tranche took Jean and her kayaking partner Adele along The Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race in April. Jean is now training for an Ironman Quadrathlon in Germany on 3rd June and concludes her birthday battle with a 26km run in Austria on 4thAugust.  Follow The Fairy Quadmother Blog https://jeanthefairyquadmother.wordpress.comand donate to BEAT  on


Press Release:   1stMay 2018   Pupil’s wartime poem to Menin Gate

Lola Bickley
Lola with British Legion Riders Club Members

Roaring success for nine-year-old Lola Bickley, who is overall winner of “Malpas 100 Years On” poetry competition.   Lola’s war poem is to be displayed on a wreath laid at Menin Gate by the Royal British Legion Riders Branch.

Lola’s poem was selected as overall winner from three finalists of the competition which received over thirty entries.  Judged by local historians and former teachers, David and Jill Haynes, eleven short poems were put forward from the competition for the final accolade.  All poem entries will be displayed in exhibitions over the commemoration weekend to be held in Malpas on 9th, 10th& 11thNovember 2018.

Lola received her award at school when Head teacher, Mrs Sarah Worthington gave her the surprise news that six Royal British Legion Riders Branch (RBLR) had arrived to take her poem to Belgium. The whole school was excited as the motorbikes roared up the hill to Malpas Alport primary school.  Lola was joined by her family and representatives of “Malpas 100 Years-On” Committee and School Governors when she received a trophy and poppy paraphernalia in recognition of her success from RBLR.

 “When the Last Post Society in Ypres accepted RBLR application to lay a wreath, we wanted to engage with local communities to find a poignant poem to display on the wreath,” said Keith Ogden, Manchester County Representative for the Royal British Legion Riders Branch as he presented her trophy.  “We put the idea to our member, Sharon (Jones), working with local schools in Malpas area ‘to broaden appreciation of – Those That Gave All – for their country’and it went down a storm.  We picked out Lola’s poem as powerful and thought provoking for a child of her age.”

The poetry competition, launched in February, is part of activities leading up to a spectacular “Malpas 100 Years On” three-day-event taking place in Malpas to mark the 100-year anniversary of The Armistice.  Proud Mum and Dad, Sara and John Bickley with sister Megan joined in celebrations of Lola’s success in the poetry competition alongside, Grandad and Grandma Eric and Margaret Bickley with Auntie Cheryl Colburn.  The poem was inspired by stories shared of the family’s wartime loss of Lola’s Great Uncle James Bickley whose name is recorded on the memorial outside St Oswald’s Church.

 “We are delighted with the response to our poetry competition and very impressed by the high standard of entries.  The aim of the weekend is to raise awareness today of what went on in wartime and the entries will be used to share an appreciation of how much was given by those who fought for their country,” commented Chris Whitehurst, committee member and instigator of “Malpas 100-Years-On”.


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