First World War centenary programme

2014 marked 100 years since the start of the First World War.

Events and activities will take place nationally from 2014 to 2018 to commemorate this historic event and pay respect to those who lost their lives. 

Broxbourne Borough Council has organised a programme of events and activities aimed at people of all age-groups.

Borough Commemorations


Journey's End is a harrowing insight into the humanity of the First World War based on R.C.Sherriff's own experiences in the trenches. Utterly compelling, this award-winning classic masterfully brings the courage, valour, humour and inescapable tragedy of warfare to the stage.
Venue: The Spotlight, High Road, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, England, EN11 8BE
Date and time: Monday 7 November, 7pm
Cost: £14 (£10 for under-16s)
The Somme was one of the bloodiest battles of the First World War, resulting in over one million casualties. The Battle of the Somme film took real life footage and turned it into a main feature with mass appeal. It shows images of the first week of the ‘Big Push’, which took place in July 1916. It was a joint offensive of the British and French armies who hoped to break through the German lines and achieve victory on the Western Front. The film remains one of the most watched in British cinema history.
Venue: The Spotlight, High Road, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, England, EN11 8BE
Date and time: Friday 11 November 2016, 1.45pm
Cost: Free event but please visit/contact the box office in advance to collect your ticket
War hero honoured

On Monday 12 October 2015, a plaque was officially unveiled by the Deputy Mayor of Broxbourne, Councillor Carol Crump, at Cheshunt Community Hospital, in honour of First World War nurse, Edith Cavell. Read more here. 

World War One Small Grants Programme

Community Organisations are invited to apply for funding to run World War One themed projects and initiatives. £3,000 is available for the 2016/17 financial year and the Council is looking to fund between two and four unique projects. Click here for the application form which needs to be returned by 5pm on Friday 25 November 2016.

Road naming 

The World War One Commemorative Panel asked officers to consider naming new roads in the Borough after soldiers from Broxbourne who died in the First World War. In November 2014, the opportunity arose to name two new roads on land at Halstead Hill, Goffs Oak and Barrow Lane, Cheshunt. The new roads have been named:

  • Lloyd Close
  • Canton Close

In 2016 it was agreed that a road at the Cheshunt School site will be named Markwick Avenue after one of Cheshunt’s war dead.

Freedom of Entry

At the Council meeting on 4 November 2014, the following motion was passed:

“The Council resolves to grant Freedom of Entry to the Borough to the Royal Anglian Regiment, the county regiment for Hertfordshire and invites the Regiment to receive this honour in the future. The Freedom of Entry citation should confer on the Regiment the privilege, honour and distinction of marching through the streets of the Borough on all ceremonial occasions with colours flying, bands playing, drums beating and bayonets fixed.”

The Council will now approach the regiment to offer the Freedom and invite them to a special meeting of the Council to receive it formally. 





Visit the Imperial War Museum’s First World War Centenary website for details of all events and activities taking place in the Borough of Broxbourne, and across the country.Visit the Herts at War website, a community led project to commemorate the diverse experiences of Hertfordshire during the First World War.