Past Events

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Past Events

22 September 2016Tommy’s Footprints – an illustrated talk by Stephen Hartley

WWI and the young, local volunteers who trained at the Ampthill Camp. Four of these boys are named on the Memorial Plate in St. Lawrence’s Church.

Venue: St. Lawrence’s Church in Steppingley, Bedfordshire.
Missed the talk? Click to read about the Steppingley Boys


5 November 2016 – Ampthill Fireworks

The Mayor of Ampthill, Cllr Margaret Wilson, will light the Beacon in memory of the 2,235 men who trained at the Ampthill Camp. A fantastic firework display will follow.

 

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Gates open: 6pm
Beacon lit: 7:30pm

6-20 November 2016 – Tommy’s Footprints in Ampthill Great Park 

Tommy’s Footprints – a poignant, temporary art installation flanked by poppies 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 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 180 metres 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.
All welcome – Free entry.


13 November 2016 – Remembrance Sunday Parade

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

10am – At the Duke of Bedford War Memorial, drumhead service and words of Remembrance by the Rector, Rev. Michael Trodden.

10:15am – Parade in Ampthill Park, past Tommy’s Footprints, along Woburn Street and then down The Alameda to The Cenotaph.

10:50am – All to be gathered by The Cenotaph.

11am – Act of Remembrance. Service with 2 minutes’ silence followed by the Reveille and laying of wreaths.

Afterwards you are invited to visit the war memorial in St. Andrew’s Churchyard.
Venue: Ampthill Great Park.
All welcome – Free entry.

18 November 2016 – Tommy’s Footprints – A Night to Remember

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An illustrated talk at Parkside Hall, opened by our special guests the  Ampthill Town Band.
Starts: 7:30pm.
Venue: Parkside Hall, Woburn Street, Ampthill MK45 2HX
Tickets £5. Available from Ampthill Town Council (01525-404355), 66 Dunstable Street MK45 2JS, the Park Hub Cafe and The Stationery Boutique in Ampthill.
Licensed bar.
Local historian John Hele leads a guided walk to Tommy’s Footprints and the important associated WWI sites of Ampthill.

Starts:
2pm
Venue: Please gather on The Alameda by the Woburn Street gate to depart at 2pm – map.
Distance: about 2 miles. Please wear stout shoes and warm clothing.
Cost: £3 on the day.

30 January 2017 – WWI Talk: The Ampthill Camp and Tommy’s Footprints

 

Local historian John Hele will be covering Tommy`s Footprints – a look at WW1 soldiers billeted at Ampthill Park.

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From: 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Venue: Flitwick Library, Coniston Road Flitwick MK45 1QJ
Cost: £1.50 which includes refreshments.
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26 February 2017 – Guided Walk to find the WWI Trenching Ground

A guided walk to discover what remains of the Trenching Ground in Steppingley Woods.

 

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Starts:
2pm
Venue: Please gather in Ampthill Great Park at 2pm in the West Car Park. – map.
Distance: 2-3 miles. Please wear stout shoes and warm clothing.
Cost: £3 on the day.

 


2 October 2017 – Bedfordshire Regiment in the Great War

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The Ampthill & District Archaeological and Local History Society (ADALHS) will hear from Steve Fuller who is researching the Bedfordshire Regiment in the Great War.

Steve will chart the history of the regiment and while doing so will try to incorporate local men who served in the Regiment into his illustrated talk.

Please see some of Steve’s work: www.bedfordregiment.org.uk

Starts: 7:45pm.
Venue: Flitwick Library, Coniston Road Flitwick MK45 1QJ
Tickets: £2 for ADALHS members and £3 for visitors (payable on the door)

 


17 November 2017 – WWI Talk: Canadian Troops in Ampthill

An illustrated talk at Parkside Hall,  opened by our special guests the Ampthill Town Band. Remembering the activities of the Canadian Forestry Corps and Portuguese labour one hundred years on.
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In August 1917 the 126th Company arrived in Ampthill to fell the pines on Cooper’s Hill Plantation. The activity had a profound and lasting impact on the Town – read more.
Starts: 7:30pm.
Venue:Parkside Hall, Woburn Street, Ampthill MK45 2HX
Tickets £5. Available from October at Ampthill Town Council (01525-404355), the Park Hub Cafe and Number 14 in Ampthill.
Licensed bar.

 

 


19 November 2017 – Guided Walk: WWI Canadian Troops in Ampthill

A guided walk in Ampthill to discover more about the activities of the Canadian Forestry Corps in WWI and how they shaped Cooper’s Hill.

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In August 1917 the 126th Company arrived in Ampthill to fell the pines on Cooper’s Hill. The activity had a profound and lasting impact on the Town – read more.
Starts: 2pm
Venue: Please gather in Ampthill Great Park at 2pm by The Hub cafe. – map.
Distance: 2-3 miles. Please wear stout shoes and warm clothing.
Cost: £3 on the day.

Back by popular request – a guided walk to discover what remains of the Trenching Ground in Steppingley Woods.

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Starts: 2pm
Venue: Please gather in Ampthill Great Park at 2pm in the West Car Park. – map.
Distance: 2-3 miles. Please wear stout shoes and warm clothing.
Cost: £3 on the day.

1 July 2018 – Ampthill Armistice100 at the Ampthil Gala Day

Ampthill Armistice100 will be at the Ampthill Gala Day from 12:30. Find the footprints and visit us on the cricket outfield.

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Remember Ampthill’s Fallen by sponsoring a lamp post poppy (£10). Proceeds benefit the Royal British Legion. In November the #67 poppies will be displayed on lamp posts leading into Ampthill.

At 3:30pm see Cllr Steve Addy (Mayor) unveil the WWI interpretation board which tells the story of the Ampthill Camp.

Venue: Ampthill Great Park