Armistice Day & Remembrance Sunday 11th November 2018
The glad news of the end of the hostilities became known in Hatfield about midday on Monday (11 November)…..a well attended meeting was held at St Audrey’s at which the Rector presided and the arrangements were made for the holding of an open-air thanksgiving service on the following day”…..”At one o’clock the procession began to move off….flanked by crowds of townsfolk and large numbers from the out-lying districts and with due solemnity and decorum moved up Fore Street, past the parish church where the bells were ringing out such a joyous peel as had not been heard for more than four years, and lined up in the great quadrangle at Hatfield House.
(Information courtesy Hatfield Answers the Call 1914 – 1919 Written by Brian G Lawrence, Researched & Compiled by Christine & Derek Martindale)
There will be a Sunrise Act of Remembrance at the War Grave Cemetery off the Great North Road commencing at 7am on Sunday 11th November 2018 .
Parking has been arranged at Hatfield House visitors car park (St George’s Gate, AL9 5HX) please follow the poppies to the entrance to the War Graves, we will put up a parking sign to show the way. Alternatively you can park on the Great North Road, cones and staff in Hi-Viz jackets will mark the area, please be aware that cars and lorries drive very fast along this stretch of the Great North Rd.
Also on Sunday 11th November, a Parade will commence from the Red Lion Pub traffic Lights, Great North Rd (AL9 5EU) at 10.45am. Following this the Service of Remembrance will be held in the Memorial Gardens, followed by the laying of wreaths. Parking is available in the Station car park AL9 5AB.
Guests are then invited to follow the Clergy and parade into the grounds of Hatfield House, along the North Avenue up to the steps of Hatfield House for a short service which is similar to events at the end of World War 1.
Children will be asked to lay their poppies, crosses and wreaths in the poppy garden at Hatfield House.
Everyone is invited to return to the Stable Yard at Hatfield House at 6pm to gather ready for the evening’s events.
Lord Salisbury, joined by descendants of local people who fought in World War 1, will light a beacon in commemoration and remembrance of the end of the war and the many millions who were killed or came home dreadfully wounded, this is part of a chain of over 1,000 beacons being lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories at 7pm on the 11 November 2018 – a century after the guns fell silent.
Then at 7.05pm church and cathedral bells will be Ringing Out for Peace, organised with the assistance of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers, the representative body for groups who ring bells in the English tradition with rope and wheel.