A First World War centenary publication will be printed in next week’s Advertiser (Thursday, August 7) and Express (Friday, August 8).
A Call to Arms has been produced by Baylis Media Ltd to give readers an insight into what life was like across our news patch during the war, in Maidenhead, Windsor, Slough, Burnham, Twyford and the villages.
The 32-page supplement is filled with soldiers’ stories, photographs, poems, paintings, extracts from letters, insights into the war effort and organisations here at home, and more.
Here are some of the events taking place across the area to mark the war centenary:
BURNHAM: Tickets are now on sale for a concert at Burnham Park Hall to commemorate 100 years since the start of the First World War.
Students of Burnham Park Academy and Burnham Grammar School will join the Burnham Concert Band and Pop Goes the Choir for the event on Saturday.
Beaconsfield MP Dominic Grieve will open the concert.
The has been organised by Burnham Royal British Legion as part of its Burnham War Stories project.
Tickets are available from the venue in Windsor Lane for £5.
There will also be an all-denominations church service at the village war memorial on Sunday.
All are welcome and seating will be available.
Commemorations for the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War will be held at St Peter’s Church in Burnham in August.
Singing duo The Lulalas will perform a concert of vintage wartime music on Monday, August 18.
Tickets are available from Cornerstone in Church Street.
From Saturday until August 18 there will be exhibitions from 2-5pm of works by artists, community groups and the St Peter’s floral team.
Parish Communion at 10am on Sunday will take the form of a requiem in memory of the fallen, during which the names of the casualties will be read out.
COOKHAM: A candlelit vigil will be held at St John Baptist church in Cookham Dean to commemorate the start of the First World War.
All are welcome at the service in Church Road which will be held on Monday between 10pm and 11pm.
‘Profiles of the First World War’ is by Windsor resident Jerry Rendell and includes accounts about combatants who came from the borough.
ETON AND ETON WICK: St John the Evangelist Church in Eton High Street will be open on Monday from 10am-4pm so that people can light a candle.
The church of St John the Baptist, Eton Wick Road, Eton Wick will be open that evening from 6.30pm for people to light candles, followed at 7pm by a service of readings and prayers during which the candles will be extinguished one by one until only one is left alight.
Village historian Frank Bond will tell the story of one Eton Wick serviceman who died and there will be readings by representatives of churches across the area.
HURST: St Nicholas Hurst in Church Hill will be open for quiet reflection from 10am on Monday. There will also be a display about the lives of some of those from the village who died in the war.
In the afternoon, a half-muffled peal will be rung on the church bells.
At 7pm there will be a service at the war memorial in the churchyard.
‘Songs from the Trenches and the Homefront’, a sing-song of some of the favourite tunes of the time, will take place at The Castle Inn in Church Hill at 8pm.
IVER: On Sunday, the Churches of The Ivers are holding a special service of commemoration.
The service to which all are invited to attend will be held at St Peter’s Church, Iver at 6pm. It will be preceded by an act of remembrance at the war memorial in the churchyard at 5.45pm.
A traditional afternoon tea will be served at St Peter’s Centre at 4pm. Call 01753 651714.
A donation of at least £1 from every ticket sold will be shared by the Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes charities.
LANGLEY: An evening service to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War will take place in Langley.
On Monday , Christ the Worker Church in Parlaunt Road is inviting the public to come and remember the War, 100 years on.
The service, which starts at 8.30pm, will be one of historical reflection and the names from Langley War Memorial will be read out.
Contact the Rev Colin Hartley on 01753 596722 for more information.
The church will be open for visitors from 10am-noon and then from 1.30 -3.30pm.
The memorial chapel of St Luke’s Church was created out of the earlier vestry and organ loft in memory of
those who died in the Great War and was dedicated in 1923.
On Sunday, the church in Church Close will host the service from 10am.
The Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead, Cllr Richard Kellaway, will speak at the service, alongside serving soldiers. Members of the British Legion will also attend.
RUSCOMBE: There will be a service at the war memorial in St James’ Churchyard in Southbury Lane at 8pm on Monday.
The church will be open for quiet reflection and prayers after the service and visitors are welcome to light memorial candles which will be placed on a cross carved for the occasion by church warden Bill Barnes.
As in Twyford, there will also be a display of biographies of the men named on the memorial.
SLOUGH: The Slough Remembers: WW1 Centenary event will be taking place on Saturday from 10am-2pm in Slough town centre.
For four hours, residents will have the chance to step back in time, taking part in activities and games of the time, hearing stories from the Edwardian era, finding out Slough’s role in the war and seeing images of Slough from 100 years ago.
Slough Museum will be talking about 'Frank went to the Front' - an exhibition and project on how the war affected Slough, in particular one young writer whose diary details his friends and family being called up to fight; Frank being the last of his friends conscripted.
At 11am, the Mayor of Slough will be unveiling the town’s new memorial to war at the junction of High Street and Windsor Road.
The new war memorial takes centre stage at a second event on Monday from 10pm-11pm.
The Slough Remembers Candlelit Vigil will include readings and poems from the time of WW1 with candles being lit and one by one extinguished in the run up to 11pm – the exact time Britain declared war 100 years before.
STOKE POGES: St Giles Church, Stoke Poges, whose churchyard contains the graves of some of those who fought and subsequently died in the war, will be a focus for the surrounding villages when it joins in with cathedrals and churches throughout Britain on Monday to mark the start of a period of four years of commemoration.
The candlelit service was conceived from the famous words of Sir Edward Grey, Foreign Secretary at the time - 'The lamps are going out all over Europe. We shall not see them lit again in our time'.
The service will begin at 10pm and will be preceded by a walk from the village hall to the church.
TWYFORD: A service will be held at 7pm on Monday at the war memorial in St Mary’s Churchyard in Station Road.
There will also be a display of biographies of the men named on the war memorial in the church.
The United Reformed Church in Church Street will be open from 10am-4pm the same day for prayer and quiet reflection.
WHITE WALTHAM: St Mary’s Church in Church Hill, White Waltham will be open on Monday.
There will not be a service, but those wanting to come for prayer or quiet contemplation are welcome from 10am-12pm and 6-8pm.
Call Liz Atlay on 01628 778462 for details.
WINDSOR: Commemorative events form part of the Windsor Festival programme for this year.
Visit www.windsorfestival.com for details.
Churches opening between 10am and 2pm include All Saints Church in Frances Road, Holy Trinity Garrison Church in Claremont Road and St Stephen’s Church, Vansittart Road. Windsor Parish Church, High Street will be open all day.
A service of prayer and reflection will take place at 1pm at Windsor Parish Church.
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