Fairwarp Remembers is a programme of events to commemorate the centenary of the end of the first world war. A small committee was set up to progress Fairwarp’s commemoration plans. This included researching the history of Fairwarp’s involvement leading up to, during and after WW1. As well as this research, the committee set about organising several events to mark this special anniversary. We do hope that all villagers will support these events and take part where they are able.
An Evening of Words and Music
On Sunday 11 November 2018, we are planning an evening of words and music to take place in Christ Church, Fairwarp from 5.30pm to 7.00pm.
To plan our programme for the evening we are inviting Fairwarp residents to attend an open meeting at The Foresters Arms on Monday 24 September between 5.30pm and 7.00pm. If you have a suggestion for music, poetry and prose that you would like to be included or something you would like to read, play or sing we want to hear about it. Drop in any time. We will look forward to seeing you there.
If you can’t make it to the open evening but still want to be involved in some way please contact
WI WW1 Afternoon Tea
Saturday 10 November – 3.00pm
Fairwarp WI will be holding a commemorative afternoon tea in the village hall.
Tickets are £2 and available from The Foresters Arms or from Tracy on 01825 713101.
All proceeds will be donated to the Royal British Legion.
A free exhibition will be available in the village hall showcasing all the information gleaned from the committee’s research into Fairwarp’s contribution to WW1. Whilst the exhibition will be based around the 25 named on the War Memorial in the church yard, the researchers have uncovered much about Fairwarp and this area of Ashdown Forest which will also be included in the display.
Members of the committee will be there to man the exhibition so do come along to view all the fascinating facts and interesting artefacts on display.
Fairwarp Village Hall
Monday 5 Nov – 6.30pm-8.30pm
Tuesday 6 Nov – 2.00pm-8.30pm
Wednesday 7 Nov – 1.00pm-3.30pm
Wednesday 7 Nov – 6.00pm-8.30pm
Thursday 8 Nov – 2.00pm-8.30pm
Friday 9 Nov – 11.00am-8.30pm
Saturday 10 Nov – 11.00am-1.30pm
Flower Guild Poppies in the Church
On the weekend of 10 and 11 of November Christ Church will be decorated entirely in poppies and greenery – courtesy of the Fairwarp Flower Guild for the weekend of the WWI commemorations.
The church will be open to the public on Saturday 10.00am to 3.00pm and on Sunday 11.30am – 4.00pm. Refreshments will be available to buy.
Events at Christ Church
On Sunday 11 November, there will be a dedication of the new steps and handrails to the village War Memorial at 10.45 am, this to be followed immediately by the reading of the Roll of the Fallen of Fairwarp, the Last Post and reveille, the silence and then the service of thanksgiving at 11.05am. The new war memorial steps will remain as a permanent, centenary marker of the village’s gratitude for the end of the War in 1918 and for the sacrifice of local men and their families.
Later on Sunday 11 November, a homegrown free event Evening with Words and Music will take place in Christ Church – more to follow on this.
Fairwarp’s commemorative events will conclude at 7.05pm with Fairwarp’s Bellringers participating in a national chime to celebrate the end of the First World War “Battle’s Over – A Nation’s Tribute : Ringing out for Peace”. The stirring sound of our church bells will provide a fitting conclusion to our weekend of commemoration.
More information to follow shortly about
- The Evening of Words and Music
- The village trail identifying the homes of the soldiers
- Details of a permanent installation on our village green – Tommy will be a 6’ aluminium outline image of a WW1 soldier to provide a reminder and reinforcement of our centenary commemoration for future generations.