Battle's Over - Beacons of Light
On Sunday 11 November, Armistice Day and exactly 100 years since the end of WW1, the Last Post was sounded and at 7pm our Mayor, Lisa Farrell, lit a beacon on The Common to signify lights coming back on after the darkness of war. As the bells of St Mary's Church rang out, Town Crier Mike Tupman read a Cry for Peace and the names of the Marlborough men who fell in the Great War were read out. There was a great turnout from the people of the town who ended the event with a rousing verse of 'God Save the Queen'.
In this special year, and in glorious autumn sunshine, more people than ever turned out to take part in, and watch, Marlborough's Remembrance Parade and observe 2 minute's silence at the town's War Memorial in London Road
Roll of Honour
On Saturday night, 10 November, a special tribute to the people of Marlborough was held in the Town Hall. The evening told the story of the Great War and the part Marlborough people played in it, overseas and at home. Each man who lost his life was acknowledged and it was particularly poignant to have relatives of the fallen with us on the night - and we'd like to thank them for sharing their stories and family photographs with us.
Remembering the 7th Wiltshire Regiment
On Friday, 9 November representatives from St John's Academy, Royal British Legion, 4 Military Intelligence Battalion and Town Councillors laid wreaths at the 7th Battalion Wiltshire Regiment Memorial in London Road. This Memorial was erected in 1919 by the 7th Battalion of the Wiltshire Regiment to its 360 fallen during 1915-1918. These men, and many others, will be commemorated at a 'Roll of Honour' event in the Town Hall on Saturday 10 November.
Many thanks to the Rotary Club and the Rugby Club for their help in organising the Beacon event, along with TH White who helped us put the beacon safely in place. Angus MacLennan of the White Horse Bookshop deserves a special mention for his part in our Roll of Honour event, along with the young singers from Marlborough Academy of Drama & Dance, exhibitions loaned by Rob and Angie Dickens, the Marlborough History Society and the Merchants House, relatives of soldiers from the Great War and members of Marlborough Lions.
4 Military Intelligence Battalion, the Royal British Legion, Wiltshire Police, local churches and schools and our own staff worked hard to organise and support all of these events.
Keep an eye on this page and social media - we'll post more detailed stories and more photos in a few days' time
What a lovely day to open the new playground at Cooper's Meadow. Our Mayor, Cllr. Lisa Farrell and chair of the Amenities & Open Spaces Committee Cllr. Mark Cooper - whose family once owned the meadow - were very happy to cut the ribbon and the playground was soon put to good use. Read more on the origins of Cooper's Meadow here and see our gallery for more photos
On Monday, 12 November the One Show's BBC Children in Need Rickshaw Challenge is passing through Marlborough. Times are approximate, but they expect to be in town around 3pm. They will come in to Marlborough along the London Road, take a lap of the High Street, then head off via Kingsbury Street and across Frees Avenue towards Royal Wootton Bassett. There'll be a live tracker running on the day so you can keep an eye on progress, but do cheer them on if you can!
Saturday 10 November, 7 pm - Roll of Honour
Over the last few months, Marlborough Town Council has been working towards a special commemorative event as a tribute to the people of Marlborough and the part they played in the Great War. A number of families of those who served, so many of whom lost their lives, have been involved in bringing together details of their loved ones and piecing together their brave journeys and special stories. The event is being held in the Town Hall on Saturday, 10 November 2018 between 7pm and 9.30pm. There will be exhibitions from Marlborough History Society and other local collections, songs from the era sung by children performing with the Marlborough Academy of Dance & Drama as well as a ‘Roll of Honour’ where the names of the fallen will be read out by members of the Town Council, the Royal British Legion and the 4th Military Intelligence Battalion. Read more...
Sunday 11 November, from 10 am - Remembrance Parade and Service
The parade will form up in the High Street from 10 am, moving to the War Memorial for the 11 am observance followed by a service at St Mary's church.
Please note there will be a number of temporary road closures between 10am-11.30am to ensure the safety of the large numbers of people expected to attend this event.
Sunday 11 November, 7pm - Battle's Over Beacon Ceremony
Marlborough & District Rotary Club and Marlborough Town Council are playing their part in Battle’s Over, an international commemoration marking 100 years since the guns fell silent at the end of World War I.
At 6.55pm a bugler will sound the Last Post at Marlborough's Battle's Over Ceremony on The Common and with buglers at more than 1,000 other locations, at 7pm a beacon will be lit, in a tribute called Beacons of Light, signifying the light of peace that emerged from the darkness of four years of war. Then at 7.05pm bell ringers at St Mary’s Church will join other churches across the country ringing their bells as part of Ringing Out for Peace and Marlborough's Town Crier, Mike Tupman, with more than 100 other Town Criers up and down the country and around the world, will perform a specially-written Cry for Peace Around The World. Finally, as the bells continue ringing in the background, the names of the fallen from Marlborough will be remembered. The Frees Avenue gate to The Common will be open from 6pm and parking will be available inside. Hot drinks and soup will be on sale. Everyone is encouraged to bring along torches. Read more...
For photos of the beacon being installed: click here
We have a page summarising these and other events - Click here for more information...
Many thanks to Simon Coxwell from TH White and Nigel and our grounds team for all their efforts today to install the beacon on The Common ready for Sunday's "Battle's Over" commemoration - it's huge!
On Sunday, over 1,000 Beacons of Light will be lit symbolising an end to the darkness of war and a return to the light of peace
You can read more about the national campaign at https://www.brunopeek.co.uk/
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Published Thursday 8 November 2018
11 November 2018 marks 100 years since the Armistice that ended the Great War, and this year Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday both fall on the same date. Marlborough's Remembrance Parade will take place as usual on Sunday 11 November. There are also a number of other events planned for the town to mark this significant year, including music, poetry, the lighting of a beacon on The Common and more. Click here for more information...
Our Mayor, Cllr. Lisa Farrell, was very happy to meet Ewa Sojka of Revitialise to hand over a Town Council grant cheque for £708 which will be used towards a respite holiday for disabled people from Marlborough. Ewa explained the range of respite options available to both people with disabilities and carers, which include holidays themed for young people, for couples, with evening entertainment and trips to the continent and the Isle of Wight. They also offer less obvious breaks, such as stays to include Christmas shopping trips so that people can go shopping without their usual carers in order to make sure there’s a surprise for everyone under the Christmas tree.
Revitalise is a national charity providing respite care in a holiday setting for disabled people and carers for over 50 years. Revitalise also offers inspirational opportunities for volunteers through one of the largest and most diverse volunteering programmes of any UK charity. Read more….
At the Community First award ceremony at Devizes Town Hall on Thursday 11 October, our Mayor collected the winner’s trophy for the best Local Council Community Project from Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire, Mrs Sarah Rose Troughton. This was awarded to recognise the work done by our community and its local council towards taking on the Marlborough Community & Youth Centre. Well done to everyone who made this happen! Read more...