Bishop of Sheffield reserves seats for the war dead at dramatic project launch

The fallen of two world wars are set to walk again next month as a brand new history project comes to life for the WW1 100 Years Remembrance.

The eerie silhouette of WW1 soldiers marching to their deaths will light up the side of historic St Nicholas’ Church in High Bradfield whilst ‘There But Not There’ ghost-like Tommies – lifesize and made of see-through Perspex – will sit amongst the congregation at a special service at which the Bishop of Sheffield will preach.

Key soldiers from the area – including Stannington-born Heber Joseph Revitt who became famous after being chosen to blow the ‘last post all clear’ outside the train carriage at Compiegne where the agreement was signed to end WW1 – will also pay a surprise visit to the event via actors from the local Stannington Players.

The event – the start of a two week long WW1 100 Years Remembrance – also marks the official unveiling of a Heritage Lottery-funded project to uncover the secrets of the Dungworth and Bradfield area in World War Two.

A specially commissioned ‘Parish Poppy’ sculpture made of spent ammunition shells will also be on view for the first time, together with artwork from local schools, and the Bradfield parish magazines of 1918.

The double-unveiling event is set to take place on Friday, November 2nd at 5.15pm when the outside of the church will be illuminated in breath-taking fashion.

Months in the planning, the dramatic remembrance event will also include a gun salute, bugler, church bells ringing, and be the start of two weeks of events and activity.

A cascade of poppies made by dementia and Alzheimer patients from Northern General Hospital will also be installed in the church for Remembrance Sunday on 11th November.

The full programme:

Friday 2nd November – 5.15pm Opening Ceremony WW1 100 Years Remembrance with illumination projection.

Sunday 4th November – 6.30pm – Evensong for All Souls – the normal evening service of BCP Choral Evensong, including an opportunity to remember loved ones who have died.

Friday 9th November – Doors open 7pm – Music Night Loxley Silver Band & Bradfield Handbell Group tickets available on the door £ 5.00 adults – £ 1.00 Children (No projection lighting)

Saturday 10th November – 10.55am – World War One Remembrance Service War Memorial – Storrs Lane, Stannington, Sheffield, S6 6GY

Sunday 11th November – 10.30am – Remembrance Day Service ; 12.30pm Quarter Peal for Peace

Friday 16th November – Closing Ceremony WW1 100 Years Remembrance with illumination projection from 5.30pm. Bolsterstone Male Voice Choir at 9pm.

Rev Alan Isaacson of St Nicholas’ Church said: “This is set to be one of the most dramatic and moving events in the history of the church. Months of meticulous planning has gone into this fortnight and we believe it will be a truly fitting way to commemorate all who died in both world wars in our area.”

The installation has been designed by Sue Hague of Pinkdotinc Design. The Sheffield-based organisation has previously worked on projects including the Olympics 2012, Epson UK and the Rugby World Cup.

The concept designs for the illumination onto St Nicholas’ Church can be seen on the Poppy Memorial Trail 2018 promotional video:

All events are free and open to the public.

Event sponsors include Peak District National Park, Pinkdotinc Design, The Royal Hotel Dungworth, Bradfield Brewery Sheffield, ADS Precision ltd, Concept Interiors, Eadon Lockwood & Riddle, Gripple, The Old Horns, Footprint Tools, Milifix, Lucid Technologies, Element 3, The Print and Copy Shop, Swann Morton, Russell Hague Photography and WW2 Dungworth, Bradfield and District Heritage Group.

WW2 Dungworth, Bradfield and District Heritage Group was formed to commemorate the actions of local people that fought in World War Two and study the significance of the nearby dams and reservoirs

It follows on from the successful study into World War One in the area that was recently completed.

All profits raised at the commemoration events will go to, Help for Heroes, The Royal British Legion, and St Nicholas’ Church Bradfield.

If you wish to support this event then please make a donation on the following link:

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Twitter: @StNicholasPoppy

Facebook: @StNicholasChurchPoppyMemorialTrail


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