Remembrance in Retford 2023

by | 5 November 2023 | Community Event, Retford

The act of remembrance is something that the Royal British Legion is involved with throughout the year, but especially with Armistice Day fast approaching.

Armistice Day, which is commemorated on 11th November each year, remembers the time when the guns fell silent on the Western Front during World War One. This year the 11th falls on a Saturday.
A short act of remembrance will take place around the War Memorial in Retford Market Place at 10.45am. Everyone will be made welcome for this event. As it is a market day, please ensure that you find space around the stallholders and the war memorial.

The following day, Sunday 12th November, the Remembrance Sunday service will be held in the same location. It is a chance for the veterans, youth groups and all other interested parties to remember all those who have served for the protection of our country and especially those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. This service will start at 10.40am and again all are welcome to join in this poignant event.

Leading up to this date, poppies will have been on sale and there will still be time to obtain your poppy from the many supportive outlets who will have poppy boxes from the end of October. The money raised at the Poppy Appeal is vital to maintain the support that the Legion provides to anyone who has served in the Armed Forces and finds themselves or their family in need.

During the daytime there will also be manned stalls in Morrisons, Home Bargains and Asda. Locally, in past years, everyone has been very generous and for this the local RBL branch extends their thanks to all involved.

If anyone requires any further information about the work of the Royal British Legion, there is lots of information at – or you can use the help line 0808 802 8080 to find out if help is available for yourself or anyone you know.

To check on local events, volunteering or joining the local branch, please ring Ann Hickman on 01777 818993. Meetings are held on the first Monday of the month at the Babworth Road Sports and Social Club at 7.15pm. No meeting in January.

Clumber Park

Visit the Chapel of St Mary the Virgin at Clumber Park to see the Remembrance Poppy Display from 1st to 27th November, 10.00am to 4.00pm. See it decorated with over 3,000 poppies, kindly donated by visitors, local community groups and care homes.

Join the Worksop Royal Legion for their act of Remembrance at the Calvary in Hardwick village on the Clumber Park estate on Saturday 11th November, 10.50am to 11.10am.

On Remembrance Sunday, 12th November, meet at the Calvary in Hardwick village at Clumber Park where the names of the fallen of the estate will be read and the last post sounded from 10.45am. Followed by Sunday Service at 11.30am in the Chapel of St Mary the Virgin.

National Holocaust Centre and Museum

A special Curatorial event on Remembrance Sunday (12th November) is to be held, remembering the liberation of Begen-Belsen by British troops in 1945.

A two-minute silence will take place at 11.00am in the Memorial Gardens, followed by a Curator-led short talk about key sculptures that link to Bergen-Belsen, remembering military and civilian service people.

Running twice, at 11.30am to 12.30pm and at 2.30pm to 3.30pm, this unique event commemorating Remembrance Sunday will feature artefacts found at liberation, experiences from the survivor community and from the British troops who helped them to freedom.

Please note this event is not suitable for primary school-aged children. Booking is advised; please visit

For more information visit the National Holocaust Centre at Acre Edge Road, Laxton NG22 0PA, or call 01623 836627.