What is Malpas 100 Year On? How you can help

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We are seeking help with activities and financial support to help us make our commemoration event the best it can be.  Please keep in touch with us.  You can follow progress for the Malpas 100 Years On event from the Community Web Site at: http://www.malpascheshire.org/ or get more details from the Committee Secretary by phoning 01948 860333 or emailing editor@malpascheshire.org Contact for sponsor opportunities or donate to this event https://www.gofundme.com/malpas-100-years-on

Please read on to find out what will be happening and how you can help us.

“Malpas 100 Years On” will take place on 9th, 10th and 11th November 2018 marking the 100thAnniversary of The Armistice.  To raise the profile of this event we are engaging with regional publicity and involving our own community as we prepare for this centenary weekend.  You may have read about Lola’s poem going to Menin Gate.

Aiming to rejuvenate an understanding of the impact of the Great War activities and events for Malpas 100 Years On will focus upon commemoration.   A dedicated team are involving local schools in historic research of heroes listed in Malpas Roll of Honour. A world war one trench network will be prepared and used to demonstrate the burdens placed upon our soldiers fighting for their country.  A military field hospital will be set up.

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 and for reading out in a live entertainment.

Shop windows, period costume and re-enactments are set to transform Malpas village back in time.  A launch event takes place in the Jubilee Hall on 29th June at 7 pm to inspire the search for first world war artefacts to display in November.

Aiming to appeal to all ages the wartime weekend is still evolving and presently includes a production of “The Armed Man” in St Oswald’s Church. Following a Parade of period vehicles, horses, carts, carriages and attired residents to the recreation ground, there will be re-enactments to portrait key war events and their impact on village life.  Some refreshments served may even be available at 1918 prices.

The Remembrance Parade will march from the High Street to a service commencing in St. Oswald’s Church at 11am on Sunday 11th November.  Wreaths will be laid at the war memorial and with military precision, the retiring parade will be decommissioned on the High Street.  Exhibitions will remain open until 5 pm.

The weekend will culminate as Malpas assemble to light a beacon.  The church choir will sing evening service.  A canon gun shot will be fired and a bugler will sound the last post and the beacon will be lit.


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