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Armistice centenary events

South Gloucestershire remembers World War One


Haunting silhouettes are being placed around the country to represent and commemorate the men who lost their lives in the First World War.

By placing them in the local community, at the time of the Armistice Centenary, it gives us a chance to give thanks for the ultimate sacrifice these men made for their country and reflect on what would have become of their lives had they survived.

Silhouettes will be sited in:

Yate: St Mary’s Church and surrounding public spaces 

Siston area and Warmley Memorial Gardens

Avon Valley Railway Trust Gala Weekend

Thornbury: St Mary’s Church


For more information about the people who are named on the local South Gloucestershire war memorials visit:

These silhouettes are part of a national commemorative installation to the fallen of the First World War, a project by the charity Remembered called “There But Not There”

Inspired by a moving art installation by photographer Martin Barraud at Penhurst Church in Kent in 2016.

Local sponsors of these silhouettes include:
South Gloucestershire Council
Yate Town Council
Siston Parish Council

Yate and District Heritage Centre

Armistice Centenary Event, 3 November 2018, 10.30am – 4.30pm

Re-enactors, demonstrators, activities, games, stalls, storytelling and entertainment from the period. Also featuring the South Gloucestershire in the First World War project exhibition banners.

Yate and District Heritage Centre
Church Road
BS37 5BG
Telephone: 01454 862200

Find out more at

Yate and District Heritage Centre event poster


Tommy Atkins and the Canary Girl

A play on the history of one Gloucestershire family during the First World War. Suitable for anyone over 8 years old.

St Nicholas Family Centre and Church, Yate. 9 November 2018, 7.30pm – 8.30pm
Tickets available: Yate and District Heritage Centre. £3 admission

Telephone: 01454 862200

View poster


St Peters Church, Castle Park, Bristol

As part of the events remembering the centenary of the First World War, commemorative paving stones are being laid at St Peter’s Church, Castle Park, Bristol, for recipients of the Victoria Cross who were born in or closely associated with the City of Bristol.

The seven Victoria Cross holders with Bristol connections commemorated are Thomas Rendle: Frederick Room: 2nd Lt. Hardy Falconer Parsons: Manley Angell Williams: Lt. Col. Daniel Burges: Harry Blanshard Wood and Commander Claude Congreve Dobson.


Frenchay Village Museum

Exhibition in the museum, November 2018 and also a trail showing the homes of all servicemen mentioned on the Hambrook war memorial.


Aerospace Bristol

Will be hosting First World War activities during the October half term and November to remember the different people involved in the war effort and to engage people with the varied stories of The Great War.


Thornbury and District Museum

Exhibition of the First World War in Thornbury: The Western Front in 1918, with local losses highlighted

Thornbury: the Peace and Beyond (home front, armistice, war memorials, influenza)

Local involvement in the fighting in Egypt, Palestine, Turkey and Syria.


Avon Valley Railway

End of Season Gala – Centenary of the end of the First World War.
10 and 11 November 2018.

Two visiting locomotives:
0-6-oT LB7SCR a1X Class Terrier 32678
2-4-oWT LSWR Beattie 30587

Also featuring the South Gloucestershire in the First World War project exhibition banners.

For more information, the train timetables and prices go to:

Footplate Specials
During the day there will be a limited number of exclusive Footplate rides on board both our visiting and home fleet locomotives. Only one ticket is available per journey making this a unique opportunity to get up close to the workings of a steam locomotive.

Tickets cost £35 for guest locomotives and £30 for WD 132 Sapper from the resident fleet. This includes the footplate ride as well as a combined Day Rover ticket giving unlimited passenger train rides on the day in question.


Kingswood Heritage Museum

A Role of Honour for the 684 men from the Greater Kingswood Area (Downend to Bitton and Kingswood to Dyrham) who lost their lives in the First World War.

Giving; Name, rank, birth, residence, memorial, regiment, date of death and age in the theatre of war.


The Thankful Village: BadApple Theatre Company

Sunday 11 November, Hawkesbury Upton, Village Hall, Badminton, 7.30pm

A genuinely captivating comedy drama set against the backdrop of World War One: a story of hope, humour and humanity, of men who went away and women left behind and their re uniting, for better or for worse in the winter of 1918.

£10.00 / £8.00 concessions

Tickets: telephone 01454 238628



As part of the National Commemoration co-ordinated by Bruno Peek
A Battle’s Over – A Nation’s Tribute.11 November 2018
Sunday 11 November 2018 at 7pm. The Beacon will be lit at 7.00pm  on the Siston Hill, one of the highest points in the Parish (not in the Memorial Park) This is being organised by Siston Parish Council.

Please note: There is no parking, so people attending are encouraged to walk.


Downend & Bromley Heath Parish Council in conjunction with Downend Men in Sheds – World War 1 Beacon of Light Event

Sunday 11 November 2018 at King George V Playing Fields, Downend.

Short service at the Downend War Memorial followed by a walking procession to King George V Playing Fields.

Placement of poppies at 6pm with a short reading by a pupil from Downend School.

The Beacon will be lit at 7pm after the Last Post has been played.


Yate Town Council – Armistice 100 years

There will be a series of events happening in Yate and surrounding parishes in November 2018 to commemorate one hundred years since the end of the First World War.

For further details see: or view the posters below:

Yate Town Council Armistice poster
Armistice 2018 Yate and Dodington events
Yate Remembrance Service Poster 2018
Music Hall Poster 2018

The events include a planned poppy garden around St Mary’s Church, Yate, of painted clay poppies made by children from many of the local schools in association with the South Gloucestershire in the First World War project.

For details of how to make your clay poppies please go to:


Downend and Bromley Heath in Bloom First World War Project in partnership with Downend Primary School children.

Downend High Street.

A display of wooden poppies in three colours, red for the fallen, white for the conscientious objectors, who never the less did valuable work and purple for the animals that died in the conflict.


Bristol Museum and Art Gallery is hosting the Footnotes concert by Gurt Lush Choir and Bristol MAN Chorus on 11 November to mark the centenary.

“In the year that marks the 100th anniversary of the ending of the Great War, there will be few tributes as beautifully constructed or as moving as that given by Bristol’s Gurt Lush and Bristol Man Chorus choirs.” Five star Bristol Post review.

For further information and to buy tickets, see:

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