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VE Day 75th Anniversary

The 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day on 8 May 2020 provides us with an opportunity to reflect on the courage and determination of people from all walks of life throughout Second World War. This is an opportunity for us all to remember the enormous sacrifices that were made at home and abroad and to mark the arrival of peace in Europe.

Many local organisations have organised events for around the weekend of 8 May 2020.  All events have been postponed due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.  Some of the online and at home events organised instead are listed below:

VE Day 75th Anniversary

VE Party, Station Road, Warmley, 1945 (Reproduced with permission of Kingswood Heritage Museum)

At home and virtual events

Monday 4 May – Friday 8 May

Frenchay Village Museum

In the run-up to the Bank Holiday on Friday 8th May, check the Frenchay Village Museum Facebook page. 

You can find archival photographs of Frenchay during the War years, a family pack of World War Two themed activity sheets and games. World War Two collection highlights from the museum and regular posts of audio readings from Frenchay World War Two Oral History Project. Visit the Frenchay village museum website for more information.

Monday 4 – Friday 8 May

Filton Factory Victory Party: A Week Long Virtual Celebration

Aerospace Bristol

This event will celebrate Filton’s contribution to the war effort, from the very place history was made.

Our a week long virtual celebration includes a virtual visit to our Second World war Exhibition, including a Talk about the Secret Factories of World War Two  and introduction to the Beaufighter, Bleheim and Beaufort. Join us for a virtual flypast and a make-your-own activity and a Nation’s Toast, all shared via video on the Bristol Aerospace Youtube Channel , the Bristol aerospace website and Bristol aerospace facebook page.

Friday 8 May
Bradley Stoke Community Carnival VE 75 Family Festival at Home!

We are taking part in The Big Neighbourhood V.E Day 75 Family Festival at Home! There is a list of free printable and activities on the Bradley Stoke Community facebook page.
We are joining the British Legion at 9.00pm Vera Lynn sing-a-long of “We’ll meet again” visit the British Legion website for details.

Friday 8 May
Life in the local in Frampton Cotterell and District during the World War Two.  
Frampton Cotterell and District Local History Society

Our Facebook page illustrates Life in the local area during the World War Two years collected from many sources and sent by local people.  There are themes   such as Charity Fund Raising, the Cheerful effects of Children, Feeding Everyone, Knitting and Sewing, the Memories of Local People, Our Civil Defence and Powering the War Effort. Each theme has an Introduction with an over view of the collated material, and a list of the primary sources. There are themes such as Charity Fund Raising, the Cheerful effects of Children, Feeding Everyone, Knitting and Sewing, the Memories of Local People, Our Civil Defence and Powering the War Effort. Visit the Frampton Cotterell local history facebook page for details. www.facebook.com/framptoncotterelllocalhistory

Friday 8 May
Hawkesbury Upton

We will be marking VE day by decorating our houses within the Village and environs of Hawkesbury Upton for VE day and will be taking tea in our front gardens in the afternoon.  All of the school children in the Hawkesbury Upton Primary school will be given a commemorative mug on 8th May.

There will be a Last Post and reveille sounded at the Hawkesbury Upton War Memorial at 11.00am on 8th May.

Friday 8 May
Pucklechurch VE DAY 75 at Your House

75th anniversary of Victory in Europe ‘A shared moment of celebration’. Decorate your windows with flags and bunting to commemorate the end of World War Two AT YOUR HOUSE. 3pm – Raise a toast in your street for the Heroes of World War Two.

Friday 8 May
The Staple Hill and District Branch Online Virtual Party for VE Day

This Party will be joined by other branches and community groups from around country and even Germany and Cyprus. The day starts at 11.00hrs with a virtual tea party and then will move onto a day of online live music and entertainment, including speeches and a presentation by HMS Flying Fox. We end the day at 21.00hrs with us going to our front doors and windows and singing Dame Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll meet again’. Everyone can access the day by going to www.facebook.com/VEDayParty

VE 75th Anniversary activities online

Yate Town Council

Social media posts will suggest a timetable of activities with links to history, images, recipes and 40’s style dress: www.facebook.com/yatetc  A VE day celebration ‘At Home’ and in the garden with links to the last post, a minutes silence, recordings of Sir Winston Churchill and ending with a Vera Lynn sing along at 9.00pm.

We wish to encourage people to record their activities through the week and on the Friday as a record of this strange time by sharing images to the Facebook page or as a private message through Facebook.

Royal British Legion Schedule for VE Day 75

(NB – Additional activity will be announced by the Government)

The Royal British Legion has a programme of activity to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day on Friday 8th May for people to participate in from home. Activities include a VE Day 75 livestream, national moments of Remembrance and thanksgiving, and activity packs for individuals and families. Their website also includes a VE 75 activity pack produced by the National Memorial Arboretum – rbl.org.uk/veday75

11.00-11.02 – Two Minute Silence

Members of the public are being encouraged to take part in a national moment of Remembrance at 11am during a Two Minute Silence to honour the service and sacrifice of the Second World War generation and reflect on the devastating impact Covid-19 has had on so many lives across the world. There is no right or wrong way to take part in the Silence, some may wish to stand at their windows, step outside their homes while remaining distanced from others, watch the broadcast on television, or simply sit in a quiet moment of reflection.

11.15-12.00 – The Royal British Legion VE 75 Livestream

The Legion is hosting a VE Day 75 livestream, available at page rbl.org.uk/veday75 sharing stories and memories from those who served and sacrificed during the Second World War, and recognising the difficulties people are experiencing today.

The Legion is inviting members of the public to grab a cup of tea and join us for the livestream as we bring the World War Two generation together with today’s generation to chat about their shared experiences. Hosted by TV presenter Sonali Shah, the programme will feature contributions from social historian Julie Summers and cook and influencer Melissa Helmsley. The livestream will be available on the Legion’s website.

20.00-21.10 – VE Day 75: The People’s Celebration, BBC One

To mark the 75th anniversary of VE day, in these unprecedented times, the BBC in partnership with the Royal British Legion will honour and celebrate the World War Two Generation with an evening of memories and music.  Featuring some of those who remember this historic day, together with Britain’s favourite performers, Katherine Jenkins, Adrian Lester, Anton Du Beke, Beverley Knight, Helen George, Sharon D Clarke, Shane Richie and Emma Barton who will entertain us with popular songs of the era.  In a fitting finale at 9.00 pm we will see the nation unite for a very special rendition of “We’ll Meet Again” as across the UK we all give thanks to our veterans and remember our loved ones.

21.00     – ‘We’ll Meet Again’ Singalong

South Gloucestershire Second World War moving stories

How to make your Great British VE 75th Bunting Step by Step

British Legion VE Day 75 information

VE Day 75: National virtual party invitation on facebook

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has produced a template pack so that you can hold a 1940s style afternoon tea party at home complete with homemade VE Day bunting, original recipes, games, and educational and creative activities for children.

What you should know about VE Day from Imperial War Museum

 

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