So much happened to commemorate the 100 years anniversary of the end of World War I.
This was our program of events.
Please read to the end ... it's worth it!!!
1. Official Poppy Appeal launch 2018, at St. Oswald's Church, Bollington on Saturday 27th October at 10:30.
2. Royal British Legion, Bollington Branch, craft session, for children of all ages. Bollington Library, Friday 2nd November from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Come along and have some fun and learn about Remembrance.
3. WW1 and WW2 Nostalgia Night at the Cotton Tree Inn, Ingersley Road, Bollington. Saturday 3rd November, from 7:00pm. Food later and superb entertainment. In aid of RBL Poppy Appeal 2018.
4. BLOG Concert in conjunction with Royal British Legion, Bollington Branch, to commemorate the end of World War 1. Bollington Civic Hall, Saturday 10th November starting at 7:30pm. All profits to the 2018 Poppy Appeal. Tickets from Ruth Stubbs on 01625 431038 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. Midnight Service at Bollington War Memorial on Saturday 10th November. Gather at 11:45pm. A short service of Commemoration and Remembrance.
6. Bollington Remembrance Parade, Sunday 11th November 2018. Those wishing to be part of the parade should gather at Adlington Road Car Park from 10:15am. Parade will form up at 10:30am, March off at 10:40am and the Service of Remembrance will be held at the War Memorial, at 11:00am. All are welcome to attend - let's make it special, for this 'special occasion'.
7. Also on 11th November, Beacon Lighting on White Nancy as part of the national 'Battle's Over' commemoration, where a lone Bugler will sound Last Post, before a series of beacons are lit, all across the country, to celebrate 'the day the guns fell silent'. St. Oswald's Church will also toll their bell, to inform everyone of the end of hostilities. Gather on White Nancy, at the top of the steps, from 6:40pm - Beacon lighting at 7:00pm sharp!
During the week up to Remembrance, pupils from Dean Valley School will place stones around the War Memorial, decorated to commemorate the Armistice. Please treat them with the respect they deserve .....
Also, a 'Division' of absent soldiers ... pairs of boots decorated with poppies, to represent the dead of the community from WW1, together with an attendant 'Silent Soldier', will parade down through the village, starting at Bollington Cross on Sunday 4th November and ending at the War Memorial on Saturday, 10th November. 1 pair of boots will represent 10 names on the War Memorial.
These will be joined by other 'Silent Soldiers', on parade at the new War Memorial Name stones and outside the Town Hall.
Also at the Town Hall, in the week running up to Remembrance, there will be a 'special display', projected on to the face of Daisybank Nursery (the Old Methodist Church). Look out for this, but take great care if driving ... it's worth parking up and looking at safely! Display will operate from approximately 6:00pm to 11:00pm each night, from Monday 5th November.
So, a very busy and exciting programme of events, to fully commemorate the historic end of the 100th anniversary of World War 1 and the devastating effect it had on this and thousands of other small communities.
Come along to as much as you can; celebrate Bollington's heroes and remember the sacrifice they made on our behalf.