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Reading Remembers Recognising 100 years since the end of the First World War October and November 2018 2018 marks 100 years since the end of the First World War Reading will be commemorating the First World War Centenary with a range of events and programmes.

The Hexagon

Monday 29 October – Sunday 11 November 2018 Open Daily 10am-5pm. Closed Saturday 3 November Exhibition is also available to ticket holders attending scheduled performances at The Hexagon.

As part of the commemorations marking 100 years since the end of the First World War, we are proud to present Reading At War a unique display exploring the lives and experiences of people in the town during the Great War. The Exhibition features a unique set of images drawn together in striking montages by the award winning graphic artist Paul McEvoy. Taken from a variety of local and national archives following a program of research led by Reading Museum in partnership with Reading’s leading military and local historians. Conjuring up a picture of how Reading endured four years of this brutal conflict and struggle at home and on foreign fields. It includes stories of individual acts of heroism and tragic tales of loss, together with an account of the hopefulness and celebration that engulfed the people of Reading when an armistice was finally agreed in November 1918. Free, drop in.

This panel display was first shown as part of the Reading At War exhibition at Reading Museum in 2014. www.readingarts.com 0118 960 6060

Huntley & Palmers Gallery, Museum of Reading, Blagrave Street


On display until the end of November The Huntley and Palmers Gallery is currently exhibiting a range of First World War army biscuits, which were all put to interesting uses other than which they were originally intended. The collection features No 4 H&P Army Biscuit which is a Huntley & Palmers Army Biscuit used as a make-shift frame for a photograph of soldier, Rifleman George Mansfield. He mounted the biscuit frame and heart-shaped portrait inside an old, wooden cigar box with a glass cover. The object is a young soldier’s touching gift home to his mother when he was far away from his loved ones. Aged just 17, Private Mansfield served with the 60th Battalion (London Division) of the 2/21st London Regiment in Palestine and on the Western Front. Find out more www.readingmuseum.org.uk/your-visit/permanent-galleries/ huntley-and-palmers-gallery

Turning Tilehurst Red The Tilehurst branch of the Royal British Legion are asking individuals, businesses, shops, schools, uniformed groups, churches, community centres and WI Groups to help them Turn Tilehurst Red to mark the centenary of the end of WW1. From the 1st to the 14th of November they are asking for volunteers to help by making decorations, flags, banners, knitted designs and lots more, the ideas are endless. This is to mark 100 years since the end of WW1 and to bring a feeling of community to Tilehurst. These decorations will then be displayed around Tilehurst during this time. There will also be an event ‘Pennies for the Poppies’ taking place at Tilehurst Triangle on Friday 9 November. The purpose of the event is to get as many people to donate their change to build a giant poppy from coins. All the money donated will go to the British Legion. If you wish to take part in this event, you can sign up to their Facebook site ‘Turn Tilehurst Red for Remembrance Sunday’ where there will be updates of what is happening. You can also upload of photo of your decorated house or shop and highlight any promotions that you will be running during this event.


Reading Minster of St Mary the Virgin

FOR THE REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY PARADE Saturday 3 November, 11.30am – 1.30pm

Join Jelly for a special FREE children’s drop in workshop at Reading Minster, St Mary’s Butts to make a poppy from recycled materials and tissue paper. The poppies are for a special parade for Remembrance Sunday. Make your poppy for the parade and then join us again on Sunday 11th November at Reading Minster to walk with the Mayor of Reading to Forbury Gardens. Drop in anytime between 11.30am and 1.30pm. Registering your interest in this event helps us to prepare art materials for the day. Please note that registering online does not guarantee a space at the craft table and at busy times there maybe a short wait for a space. Let us know you can join us for the parade with your poppy on Sunday 11 November by registering here: https://poppyparade.eventbrite.co.uk/


100th Anniversary

Saturday 3 November, 6pm

The Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire and the Berkshire branch of the Royal British Legion will be holding a Festival of Remembrance in Reading Minster on the evening of Saturday 3rd November 2018. The event, based on the Royal British Legion’s Festival of Remembrance held each year on the eve of Remembrance Sunday, will include an element of entertainment as well as a multi-faith service. Spaces are limited, if you would like further information or to book a ticket for the event please email the lieutenancy office at Lord.lieutenant@reading.gov.uk


Sunday 4 November, 3.30pm Terry Steel’s ASTOR BIG BAND AND SINGERS present a concert including a host of Glenn Miller classics including “In the Mood”, “ American Patrol”, “At Last” etc . Plus the Big Band standards of Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald and music from such shows as “West Side Story”, “Les Misérables” and “Chess” - all in the Miller easy listening style - with an added performances to reflect the 100th Anniversary of the End of World War 1 on November 11th. All profits are donated to the Royal British Legion.

Tickets £23, Groups 10+ £3 off Box Office 0118 960 6060 Readingarts.com

Say Thank You to the First World War generation. #thankyou100


Jelly, Broad St Mall

Wednesday 7 November 10.30am to 11.30am Join us for a special Jelly Tots where we will be making, painting, printing and sticking Poppy inspired crafts. We shall also make a poppy for the parade. £4 per tot 5 years and younger. To book: https://jellytotsplaybsm.eventbrite.co.uk/


PRIVATE PEACEFUL by Michael Morpurgo (Author of War Horse) Adapted & Directed by Simon Reade

Friday 9 to Sunday 11 November Fri 7.30pm, Sat 2.30pm & 7.30pm, Sun 2.30pm

The Hexagon


Commemorating the 100th year anniversary of the end of World War One, Private Peaceful relives the life of Private Tommo Peaceful, a young soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn. During the night he looks back at his short but joyful past growing up in rural Devon: his exciting first days at school; the accident in the forest that killed his father; his adventures with Molly, the love of his life; and the battles and injustices of war that brought him to the front line. Winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year, Private Peaceful is by third Children’s Laureate, Michael Morpurgo. His inspiration came from a visit to Ypres where he was shocked to discover how many young soldiers were court-martialled and shot for cowardice during the First World War. ‘Private Peaceful at the theatre is a moving experience that not only tells the story of a young soldier’s final day in World War One, but perhaps more importantly conveys the strength of human spirit.’ – Michael Morpurgo

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Sunday E ‘An infinit ely touchin xpress g, intensely account o acted f a young First Worl Soldier’s fi d War nal day.’

The Sunday Herald ‘As moving as the poetry of Wilfred Owen and as painfully memorable as white-hot shrapnel…’

Say Thank You to the First World War generation #thankyou100

Tickets: £20, Concessions: £18 Groups 10+: £16, Schools: £8 plus 1 in 10 free Groups and Schools call: 0118 937 2011 Box Office 0118 960 6060 Readingarts.com


Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day Remembrance ceremonies will take place across Reading on the 11th of November.

On Remembrance Sunday Reading’s main service and parade, will take place in the town centre on Sunday 11th November from 9.25am. The Remembrance Service will begin at Reading Minster at 9.25am, all are welcome to join the service. The service will start promptly, please can we ask you to arrive and be seated by 9.20am. The service will be followed by a parade through the town centre, led by the Waterloo Band and Bugles of the 7 Rifles, to the Forbury Gardens. The Remembrance Ceremony at the Forbury War Memorial will include the laying of wreaths and a two minute silence at 11am.

Also join Jelly who will be parading after the Civic procession from the church with 100 large poppies made by local school children at workshops across Reading in the lead up to Remembrance. For more information visit www.jelly.org.uk


This years’ Service will take place, as usual, at the War Memorial in Christchurch Meadows at 10.45 am. Groups will assemble in Christchurch Meadow under the supervision of their Group Leaders then proceed to the War Memorial for the start of the Service. At the conclusion of the service there will be a parade through Caversham where the salute will be taken on the Library steps.

Tilehurst Service

This years’ service will take place as usual at the Tilehurst War Memorial just before 11am. The service is run by the Tilehurst British Legion and for further information contact the Legion on 0118 942 2906.


Greyfriars Church, Friar Street

Perform In Flanders Fields 17 November, 7.30PM

Duruflé: Requiem Duruflé: Motets Treseder: In Flanders Fields - A War Cantata

Tickets: Adults £15, under 18s free tickets@readingfestivalchorus.org.uk 0118 947 8081


Thursday 8 November – Saturday 17 November, 7.45pm, includes Saturday matinees, 2.30pm The Mount, off Christchurch Rd Based on Sebastian Faulks’ acclaimed novel (adapted by Rachel Wagstaff), Birdsong tells the story of Stephen Wraysford, a soldier haunted by his past, and an all-consuming love affair in Amiens, France. As World War One unfolds, Stephen finds himself pulled closer back to Amiens, back to the Valley of the Somme. There will be a special Commemorative Performance on Remembrance Sunday at 4.30pm, with all ticket proceeds being donated to the Royal British Legion. In order to attend this performance, people should email birdsong@progresstheatre.co.uk. We are very proud to announce that we have been granted two ‘There But Not There’ silhouettes from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund to display during the run of Birdsong. https://www.therebutnotthere.org.uk/ These two silhouettes will represent the men and women from our local community who never came home. Tickets are £12 (£10 for concession tickets), and are available via: 0118 384 2169 or www.progresstheatre.co.uk/2018-birdsong

Reading Central Library, Abbey Square

THE WILFRED OWEN, DUNSDEN & READING CONNECTION 1911-1913 AND 1914-1918 A TALK BY BOB AMBROSE Monday 19 November, 11am – 12noon

To commemorate the centenary of the end of World War One, Reading Libraries will be presenting a special coffee morning in November featuring a presentation from Bob Ambrose. ‘Ever since November 2008 , when I watched on BBC One TV, Jeremy Paxman’s Documentary : ‘ Wilfred Owen - A Remembrance Tale ‘, in which included a large section, concerning Wilfred Owen’s time in Dunsden, I became aware that he may possibly, have come into contact with my father, Laurence George Ambrose, 1898 -1966, who was a pupil at Dunsden School and a choir boy at, All Saint’s Church, Dunsden, between 1911 and 1913 That has lent to my study, research, time and interest, relating to Wilfred Own, over the past ten years which I’d like to share with you at this special event.’ Free entry: 0118 901 5950 www.reading.gov.uk/centrallibrary

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Reading Remembers 2018  

Events and activities taking place across Reading to mark 100 years since the start of the First World War.

Reading Remembers 2018  

Events and activities taking place across Reading to mark 100 years since the start of the First World War.