Ampthill Town Council has established a small working group to develop a bring forwards and develop ideas to mark the Armistice Centenary in November 2018. This builds on Tommy’s Footprints and will provide a focus for remembrance.
The members of the working group are:
Cllr Steve Addy (Chair – Ampthill Armistice100)
Cllr Simon Peacock (Mayor)
Cllr Roy Tebbutt
John Hele (local historian)
Brian Woodward (RBL)
Ron Almond (RBL)
Mike Gonse (Leonard Cheshire)
Stephen Hartley (Tommy’s Footprints)
The working group has developed a package of Ampthill events which align with the nation’s tribute of Battle’s Over. The provisional programme includes –
- WWI Living History encampment in Ampthill Great Park on Friday 12th & Saturday 13th October.
- In November – installing large, reusable poppies on lamp posts along the main roads that lead to Ampthill Town Square.
- Inviting local people and businesses to hang and fly flags on Remembrance Sunday.
- Installing a full-scale copy of the Ampthill Roll of Honour boards outside Ampthill Fireplaces (where the original boards hung from 1916-1970’s).
- Installing Tommy’s Footprints and 67 Ampthill’s Fallen crosses in Ampthill Great Park.
- Zonita film night in Parkside Hall on Saturday, 10th November.
- Armistice talks for local schools and community groups. These focus on how Ampthill received the armistice news on 11th November 1918.
- 11th November Remembrance Sunday parade which concludes with the ringing of muffled bells and a service at St.Andrew’s Church. That evening, the beacon will be lit in Ampthill Great Park and then at 19:05 the bells will peel at St.Andrew’s Church as part of the nation’s tribute of Battle’s Over.
- WWI Ampthill illustrated talk on Friday, 16th November in Parkside Hall.
- WWI Ampthill guided walk on Sunday, 18th November.
- A project to conserve the WWI trenching ground at Steppingley Woods and to sign this important, historic site.