Events 2018


2018 – programme events for Ampthill Armistice100.

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3-20 November 2018 – Tommy’s Footprints


See Tommy’s Footprints return to the hollow of Ampthill Great Park with #67 crosses to remember Ampthill’s Fallen, and poppies leading into town.

Tommy’s Footprints – a poignant, temporary art installation in the hollow of Ampthill Great Park. This is where, upon completion of training, the soldiers passed on their way to entrain at Ampthill Midland Station for the journey to France and Belgium.

Tommy’s Footprints will be installed on Saturday, 3rd November which is a week before Remembrance Sunday. A column of 707 footprints will be stencilled in the Park, a pair for each soldier who did not return. The column will be 250 yards long. On Remembrance Sunday there will be a special parade past Tommy’s Footprints and then down The Alameda to the Cenotaph. In the days that follow the footprints will quietly fade into the ground, and disappear.

Venue: Ampthill Great Park

10 November 2018 – Zonita Community Cinema – Armistice100 double-bill

As part of Ampthill Armistice100, the Zonita Ampthill Community Cinema is pleased to show a double-bill of films on the evening of Saturday, 10th November.


Film 1 ~ The Burying Party (12A; 60 mins)
For release on 4th November 2018 and to be shown with special permission of the director. This award-winning, British film tells of Wilfred Owen returning to the Somme against the advice of his mentor Siegfried Sassoon, determined to follow his subject ‘The Pity of War’ to the very end.
Watch the trailer.

Film 2 ~ Journey’s End (12; 108 mins)
Set in a dugout in Aisne in 1918, a group of British officers, led by the mentally disintegrating young officer Stanhope, variously await their fate.
Watch the trailer.

Venue: Parkside Hall, Woburn Street, Ampthill MK45 2HX
Doors open: 6:00pm
Films start: 7pm
Tickets: £5. Early booking advised. Available from &, plus on the door.
Licensed bar.

11 November 2018Remembrance Sunday Parade

Special WWI Centenary Remembrance Sunday Parade starting by the War Memorial in Ampthill Great Park, to which everybody is invited. 9.30am for 10am.


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  • 9:30am – Please gather at the Duke of Bedford War Memorial, Ampthill Town Band play.
  • 10am – Welcome by Cllr Stephen Addy (Mayor) and words of Remembrance by the Revd. Canon Michael Trodden.
  • 10:15am – Parade in Ampthill Great Park, past Tommy’s Footprints, along Woburn Street and then down The Alameda to The Cenotaph.
  • 10:50 – All to be gathered by The Cenotaph.
  • 11am – Act of Remembrance. Service with 2 minutes’ silence followed by the Reveille and laying of wreaths.
  • 11:15am – Parade to St. Andrew’s Churchyard where there will be a short service of remembrance.

Refreshments: Parkside Community Hall will be serving refreshments.

Travel Advice:
– On Sunday morning Woburn Street and Ampthill Town Centre will be very busy – please arrive on foot if you can.
– We suggest that cars use the A507 to approach Ampthill Great Park.

– Please use all of the Ampthill car parks.
– Overflow parking at Ampthill Great Park, West Carpark (near the A507)
– Parking on Woburn Street will be limited so that the Remembrance Parade can pass (10:15-10:45am; 11:15-11:45am.

Disabled Access:
– Via Ampthill Great Park, West Carpark (near the A507). A Steward will direct your vehicle to park on the grass up near Katherine’s Cross.
– At the Alameda School Sports Hall which is off Woburn Street, just behind Parkside Hall (MK45 2HX). The pedestrian gate will be open to provide access to The Alameda and The Cenotaph.

11 November 2018 – Seeking Peace in the Kings Arms Garden

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Ampthill Baptist Church in conjunction with The Friends of The Kings Arms Garden invite you to visit the garden on this important anniversary to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

Throughout the garden there will be various stations, some of which will include some art installations, that will allow for remembrance, reflection, thankfulness, hope and prayer on the theme of peace. All welcome.

Time: 14:00 – 15:30
Venue: King’s Arms Garden
All welcome – Free entry

Sunday, 11th November 2018 – The Nation’s Tribute – Battle’s Over


As part of the Nation’s tribute of Battle’s Over we will light the beacon in Ampthill Great Park and then at 19:05 the bells will peel at St. Andrew’s Church.

6.30pm- The Last Post                           Ampthill Great Park
WWI Beacon of Light           Ampthill Great Park
7.05pm  Ringing Out for Peace           St. Andrew’s Church

Many thanks to Ampthill Fireworks and St Andrews Church Ampthill for making this event happen.

Visitors are advised to bring a torch and wear suitable shoes and warm, waterproof clothing.

16 November – Ampthill Armistice100 | A Night to Remember

Please join us for a ‘Night to Remember.’ Our friends Ampthill Town Band open the evening and then Ste Hartley and John Hele share an illustrated insight into WWI Ampthill.

Venue: Parkside Hall, Woburn Street, Ampthill MK45 2HX
Doors open: 7pm
Starts: 7:30pm
Tickets: £5. On sale from 1st October at Ampthill Town Council (01525-404355), the Park Hub Café, Ampthill Fireplaces, Cambridge Wines and Number 14 in Ampthill.
Licensed bar.


18 November – WWI Ampthill Guided Walk

A guided walk by John Hele and Ste Hartley to discover more about WWI Ampthill.

Canadians Walk 2017 - by Peter Gibbs (3)

Photo by Peter Gibbs

Starts: 2pm
Venue: Please gather on Woburn Street at the end of The Alameda. The walk will finish in St. Andrew’s churchyard.
Distance: 2 miles. Please wear stout shoes and warm clothing.
Cost: £3 on the day. (Children free)


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