As we approach this special time of remembrance, the local branch of The Royal British Legion hope that you will be able to join in with the commemorations to be held in Retford Market Square around the War Memorial, on Sunday 11th November. The proceedings will commence at 10.40am. This year takes on a bigger significance in that it marks the 100th anniversary of the armistice, when the guns fell silent at 11.00am on 11th November 1918. Anyone wishing to lay a wreath or a poppy cross will have the opportunity to do so. Please make yourself known to a member of the RBL, many of whom will be walking around the Square prior to the event. Wreaths are available from the Poppy Appeal Organiser, Ann Hickman, on 01777 818993.
As a further tribute to those who fought in WWI, the local branch has also arranged for a commemorative bench to be placed in The Market Square in front of the War Memorial. This was unveiled and dedicated on Tuesday 9th October. Thanks go to the local councillors and individuals who gave financial help to the project and to Bassetlaw District Council who have supported the branch throughout.
Perhaps the most ambitious commemorative project has been the production of a Wall Hanging with a WWI theme, again to remember all those affected by this conflict. Plans were laid last year when local clubs, societies, schools, churches and individuals were asked to produce an image on calico of a scene of their own choice which could be connected to the period 1914 to 1918. The response was overwhelming with many different methods used including, painting, quilting, photographic and embroidery. Then started the task of connecting all the images together to produce what is the most stunning finished article. There is a commemorative book to accompany the Wall Hanging, and all those who contributed have given details about their organisation and why they chose their image. The Wall Hanging was unveiled at Bassetlaw Museum on Thursday 11th October by Tom Freemantle Deputy Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire. The event was attended by those who had contributed in any way. Special thanks go to Penny and Bill Howe, John Parrott, Sue Ross, Janet Meggaro, Sam Glasswell and staff at Bassetlaw Museum, local councillors and, of course, all the talented people of Retford for their contributions. Finally special thanks to Ann Hickman who had the idea and has been the driving force behind the project.