100th Anniversary of the end of WW1

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Event Poppies 

Event poppies

As part of its commemoration of the 100th. anniversary of the end of WWI, the Barnack & District Branch of the Royal British Legion will be putting large Event Poppies outside the former homes of the WWI casualties listed on the Barnack War Memorial, which covers not only Barnack itself, but also Pilsgate, Ufford, Southorpe and Bainton.  Helpston, closely associated with the Barnack Branch, will also be displaying Event poppies. 

This event was made possible by the generosity of John Dawson (of Dawson of Stamford), who sponsored the poppies, and Andrew Jones (of the Verdon Timber Group, Casterton Road) who donated the wooden stakes to which the poppies will be affixed. The Branch is extremely grateful to both for their support. 

 Pictured at Barnack War Memorial, with a few of the poppies, are John Dawson and members of the Branch committee: (L to R) Joe Dobson, Elizabeth Young, John Dawson, Max Sawyer, Columb Hanna and Geoff Dunkley.


The Barnack & District Branch of the Royal British Legion and Barnack Parish Council are commemorating the centenary of the end of World War 1 over the weekend of November 9th, 10th and 11th. We are hoping that as many residents as possible will join in the events.

1. On November 11th Armistice Day services will take place at 9.45am in the Church and at 10.45 am at the War Memorial. The Church bells will be rung during the day.

2. In the evening,from 6.45pm to 7.30 pm, there will be a special tribute to the local men who died in the war - one of thousands of similar events taking place in towns and villages across the country. It will be held at the cricket field and will include lighting the Beacon to signify the return of light after the darkness of war. Eleven children will read out the names of the fallen. The Legion trumpeter and piper will play a reveille and lament. 

3. A commemorative exhibition will be staged from 10 am to 8 pm in the Village Hall on November 9th, 10th and 11th. The exhibition will show how the war affected Barnack and district. Every man who was killed is commemorated. Photographs, maps, letters and newspaper articles tell the story of the war. The exhibition will also include a children’s art display. There will be a short slide show and recordings of songs of the time. A number of war poems will be displayed.

We are also inviting anyone who wishes to commemorate a relative who was involved in the War, whether or not they came from our area and whether or not they were a casualty, to contribute to the exhibition. If you wish to honour a relative in this way please let me know.

4. With the agreement of residents, we will be placing large commemorative poppies outside, or near to, the homes of the 35 men from Barnack and Walcot who lost their lives in the conflict. This will help us appreciate the impact their deaths must have had on the village. The poppies will be put out on the weekend before Armistice Day and remain in place for two weeks.  Where we have been unable to discover where a man lived in Barnack we will place the poppy at the Village Hall, the former school that he almost certainly attended as a boy. Commemorative poppies will also be placed in Pilsgate, Southorpe, Ufford, Bainton and Helpston.

5. In the cemetery in Barnack, flags will be placed on the graves of those who returned from the conflict and on any memorials naming casualties. Four memorials are particularly poignant; they record the names of brothers who died. They are the Bryan, Cox, Reedman and Watson brothers. A map will be displayed at the gate to help you locate the graves and memorials. Brian Palmer 740988      This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.