To mark the centenary of the end of World War One and the end of the Borough’s four year World War One commemorative programme, there will be a number of projects taking place across Broxbourne that residents can get involved with.
Following the success of last year’s poignant display at the Old Pond fountain in Cheshunt, over a thousand ceramic poppies, crafted by local school children, will again adorn the grass area of the roundabout from Wednesday 7 to Friday 16 November. A poppy-making workshop will be held at Haileybury Turnford school on Tuesday 6 November from 3.15pm until 5pm so that residents and members of the public have an opportunity to participate.
Love Hoddesdon, Broxbourne Council, The Royal British Legion and Hoddesdon Parish Church are working alongside local schools, groups and residents to create poppies. Some will be made from plastic bottles and some will be knitted to decorate key landmarks in the town in the lead up to the Remembrance Day Parade and service on Sunday 11 November. The aim is to decorate Hoddesdon town centre from Friday 2 November to Friday 16 November.
Alongside this, a World War One memorial bench will be installed in Hoddesdon town centre to complement those already placed throughout the Borough of Broxbourne. A War Memorial Companion booklet providing brief biographies of all those commemorated on the Borough’s war memorials will also be published on the Council’s website.
Lowewood Museum has received £16,140 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for Broxbourne: We Will Remember Them, a project to record, share and commemorate the lives of First World War soldiers from Broxbourne. Volunteers will research stories of those who fought, using the Borough’s war memorials, archives and personal collections. Local sewing groups will join to create commemorative embroidered postcards, and a number of community sharing days will take place at Lowewood Museum for residents and members of the public to share their own stories of ancestors and friends who fought in the War. Through online information, digital records and a touring exhibition, the project aims to bring local people together to preserve the stories of those who served, ensuring that their legacy lives on.
Councillor Mark Mills-Bishop, Leader of the Council, said “These wonderful projects are a striking reminder of the message of Remembrance Day. I hope that many residents and members of the public will be able to visit and be inspired to remember those who gave their lives for their country. We will remember them.”
On Sunday 4 November at 3pm, a memorial service will be held at St James Parish Church, Goffs Oak, to celebrate Private William Uglow, the youngest solider from the Borough of Broxbourne to die in combat in World War One. He was just 17 when he was killed on 1 January 1915. The service will include reading, ballet, dance, poetry and song.
On Sunday 11 November, following the traditional Remembrance Day services, a Borough-wide Memorial Service will be held at Hoddesdon Parish Church to mark the centenary of Armistice Day and the end of the Borough’s World War One commemorative programme.
For more information, full details of these events and other elements in the programme can be found here.