The Parish Council are planning a series of events to be held in the village in November this year to mark this important nationwide commemoration marking the Centenary of the end of the First World War and paying tribute to the millions killed or wounded in battle, and those on the home front who struggled amidst pain and loss to help ensure freedom survived. In particular, to remember the 16 servicemen of Grindleford who gave their lives in the conflict and are commemorated on our War Memorial.

So far the following events are planned;

  • Remembrance Day Service at St. Helen’s Church followed by the commemoration at the War Memorial on Sunday 11th November, where 16 wreaths will be laid in honour of the Grindleford servicemen. We would like representatives of village clubs and societies to lay wreaths, which will be provided by the Council. Please contact the Clerk if you would like to take part in this.
  • Pupils at Grindleford School will perform a short musical play, called “Tin Hats and Telegrams”. They will have two public performances on Monday 22 October, one at 2pm and one at 6pm.
  • A concert will be held in St, Helen’s Church on the evening of Saturday 10th November featuring the Grindleford Singers and local musicians.
  • A beacon will be lit on Jubilee Hill on 11/11th at 7.05am as part of the national chain of Beacons of Light.
  • A special screening of the classic Richard Attenborough film ‘Oh! What a Lovely War’(starring Maggie Smith, John Gielgud, Kenneth More, Laurence Olivier, Vanessa Redgrave, Nanette Newman) at 8pm on Friday 9 November, at the Sir William Hotel.

Further details will be advertised nearer to the times of the events.

Please contact the Clerk of the Parish Council if you would like to take an active part in the proposed events, especially the wreath laying ceremony.