Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Roy Perry, said: “Every year, towns and villages across the county join others worldwide in falling silent to mark Armistice Day on Remembrance Sunday. This year’s events take on a special significance as the 100th anniversary of the ceasefire approaches.
“Even 100 years on, we can still feel how Hampshire was changed by the Great War; the tremendous losses during the war, and the years of hardship that followed, all left their mark.
“It is fitting that we now remember the courage of those who fought in the conflict, their sacrifices, and those of their families, loved ones and communities at home.”
The County Council’s programme of World War One centenary events includes:
• 6 November - Dearest Mother: A First World War Story - multimedia presentation and readings bringing to life the letters of Winchester’s John Baines, a young officer in the Royal Engineers at Hampshire Records Office, Winchester (6pm)
• 9 November - a spectacular projection of cascading poppies on the Great Hall, Winchester (6-10pm)
• 10 November - a concert of 20th century wartime and swing tunes at the Royal Victoria Country Park Chapel, Netley, (formerly the Royal Military Hospital), (3pm and 7pm) featuring young musicians and singers from the Hampshire Music Service
• 12 November - a royal visit by the Countess of Wessex to Royal Victoria Country Park, Netley, to officially open the restored Chapel
• 17 November - a Peace and Reconciliation Concert at Romsey Abbey, featuring the Hampshire County Youth Orchestra accompanying a choir of young people from Giessen, Germany
• October/November – a programme of exhibitions and talks in local libraries and discovery centres, including displays of handmade poppies and ‘Tommy silhouettes’ which depict the shadows of soldiers left absent in the wake of the war
• A 100-word writing competition for children and adults on a WW1 theme, winning entries to be published in a booklet.
In addition, Councillor Perry, as Leader of the County Council, along with other County Council representatives, will be attending the special Service of Remembrance at Winchester Cathedral on Sunday, 11 November at 10am, and the Royal British Legion’s Festival of Remembrance at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, that evening.
A full programme of County Council events and other commemoration information is available online.
Hampshire County Council fully supports the Silent Soldier movement to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War. We would ask parish councils and communities wishing to install a silent soldier on the public highway to contact Hampshire Highways direct on 0300 555 1388 in order to ensure that the chosen location is safe; in the circumstances we will not be charging a fee for licensing these memorials.