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.
There but not there
You may have noticed a new installation on the village green. As part of the 2018 Armistice project ‘There but not there’ we have installed a six foot Tommy next to the Village Green sign. Fairwarp Community Society has kindly provided the funding to purchase this lasting memorial which will be erected on the village green each November.
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
Light refreshments will be available
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.
Keep the Home Fires Burning
On Sunday 11 November 2018, there will be an evening of words and music taking place in Christ Church, Fairwarp from 6.00pm to 7.15pm.
The programme will take you through the war years with poetry, prose and music using local performers. Please come and be part of this special event.
Tickets are available from The Foresters Arms or from Alison MacKenzie email firstname.lastname@example.org phone 07710 499128.
Suggested donation £5
In aid of the restoration and upkeep of the Fairwarp War Memorial
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 event Keep the Home Fires Burning will take place in Christ Church, Fairwarp.
There will be a village trail leaflet available from 5 November to show where the 25 fallen Fairwarpians lived. People will be able to follow the trails and learn more about the soldiers story, where they lived and what Fairwarp was like during that time.