Basingstoke Remembers

Remembrance 1918 to 2018 FWWC

Remembrance Sunday Service, parade and family events

Join the Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane on Remembrance Sunday as he, and others, lay wreaths at the War Memorial in recognising and remembering those who served and sacrificed their lives during the First World War.

Be part of constructing a giant poppy, help The Thornycroft Girls put together a custom-made vintage car and enjoy a variety of workshops and storytelling events as we commemorate Remembrance Day in Basingstoke.

View the programme of events as listed below.

Also look out for the four Royal British Legion Silent Silhouettes around the town centre and share your picture on social media using #BasingstokeRemembers.

Remembrance Sunday Service Parade - Sunday 11 November 2018

Venue: War Memorial, London Road
Time: 11am

The Mayor, Councillor Sean Keating, will lay a wreath at the War Memorial on behalf of the borough and following the service, led by the Mayor’s Chaplain, will take the salute, from the parade, on a dais on New Road. Any members of the public, who wish to do so, may attend.

*See below information on road closures and parking

The Giant Poppy Get-together - Saturday 3 November 2018

Love Basingstoke logo

Venue: Porchester Square, Festival Place (outside M&S)
Time: 11am to 3pm


Be part of something big – help make a giant poppy with artist Louise Hight before it goes on display at the Basingstoke Discovery Centre.

Make and take poppy craft workshop - Sunday 11 November 2018

Venue: Porchester Square, Festival Place (outside M&S)
Time: 11.30am to 3.30pm


With artist Louise Hight

Scratchbuilt Productions present The Thornycroft Girls - Sunday 11 November 2018

Thornycroft girls

Venue: Castle Square, The Malls
Performances at 12.30pm and 2.30pm

For children and their families / No need to book / FREE

Join Milly and Tilly on a journey back to wartime Britain. Local theatre company, Scratchbuilt Productions, in collaboration with Tin Shed Scenery, will introduce you to the girls at work in the Thornycroft factory in Basingstoke, helping to create the vehicles the company is famous for. With the men away at war, the women have realised that they have the power to become chefs, farmers, plumbers, train drivers and mechanics.

Milly and Tilly will be in The Malls showing off a custom-made vintage car which they’re working on. Come along and help them to put it together, hear their stories and join in the fun.

Retailink workshop

Scratchbuilt Productions presents Shed of Stories with Bryn Strudwick Once Upon a Wartime - Sunday 11 November 2018

Time: 1pm, 2pm and 3pm
For children under seven and their families / FREE

Join local storyteller Bryn Strudwick as he delves into the pages of well-loved books, bringing stories of war dramatically to life.

First World War Centenary 1918 - 2018

Recognising and remembering those who served and sacrificed their lives during the First World War, lists of names on local war memorials can be found in the WW1 Centenary Memorial Booklet

We are asking descendants of those named on the war memorials across Basingstoke and Deane to get in touch with the Mayor’s Office

First World War Centenary 1918-2018 Thank you

*Temporary road closure and parking

As in previous years there will be a temporary road closure order in place to allow the parade to march safely along New Road and London Road to the War Memorial and from the War Memorial onto London Road, New Road and into the War Memorial Park via the entrance near the bandstand.

The traffic will also be stopped in London Road at 11am for the two minutes silence. Temporary road closures will also take place between 10.30am and 12 noon for approximately 15 minutes at a time. Thank you for your patience during this time.

There is no parking available at the civic offices, please use the town centre car parks.

Other local remembrance events


Civic Service - Sunday 4 November 2018

Venue: St Stephens Church, Baughurst
Time: 11am

Civic Service of Commemoration of the dead of WW1, in the presence of The Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane, Councillor Sean Keating.

Parade and Outdoor Service - Sunday 11 November 2018

Venue: Scout Hut, Ash Lane along Heath End Road to War Memorial
Time: 10.45am

A parade compromised of the British Legion, Scouts and Guide groups, Air Cadets, and members of the military will leave the Scout Hut in Ash Lane and proceed along Heath End Road towards the War Memorial. The route will be lined with large poppies bearing the names of the 23 young men of Baughurst who gave their lives, affixed to street lamps. The outdoor service will be held at 10.55am under Reverend David Barlow. Tea and Biscuits will be available at Heath End Hall following the service.

For more information please visit


Battle's Over - A Nations Tribute - Sunday 11 November 2018

Remembrance Day Service

Venue: St James Church
Time: 11am

Beacon lighting

Venue: Clift Meadow Park
Time: 7pm

For more information please visit Bramley Parish Council website.


Unveiling of Commemorative Seat - Saturday 10 November 2018

Venue: Thornhill Way near the junction with Mattock Way
Time: 11am

Chineham Parish Council have recently installed a ‘Lest We Forget’ commemorative seat in the Parish to recognise and commemorate the sacrifices of everyone affected by any war or conflict. County and Borough Councillor Elaine Still will be carrying out an official unveiling of the seat which will involve the cutting of a ribbon at 11am.


Film Club "The African Queen" (1951) - Saturday 3 November 2018

Venue: Kingsclere Village Club, 35 George Street, Kingsclere, Newbury, RG20 5NH
Time: 7.30pm

In Africa during WW1, a gin-swilling riverboat captain is persuaded by a straight-aced missionary to use his boat to attack an enemy warship. Classic cast!

Colonel Christopher Newbould "How we won the war" - Thursday 8 November 2018

Venue: St. Mary’s Church, Kingsclere
Time: 7.30pm

Well known speaker and battlefield guide Colonel Christopher Newbould CBE.

Colonel Newbould, who led the Kingsclere battlefield tour 2 years ago and has made a great study of WW1, will give a short talk with wide ranging questions and leading the following discussion. His theme will be “How we won WW1”. Tickets £5 to include a glass of wine, available from the Butcher's or pay at the door. This will be a good opportunity put WW1 into perspective.

"Lest we forget" - Sunday 10 November 2018

Venue: The Fieldgate Centre
Time: 7pm

A commemoration in words, music and dance. KIngsclere Players, Kingsclere Singers, Kingsclere Performing Arts College.

Remembrance Parade and Service - Sunday 11 November 2018

Venue: The Square, Kingsclere
Time: 11am

Kingsclere church bells 4pm

Light the beacon, White Hill 7pm

Village Victory Tea Party - Sunday 18 November 2018

Venue: Kingsclere Village Club, 35 George Street, Kingsclere, Newbury, RG20 5NH
Time: 2pm to 5pm

As part of Kingsclere's WW1 commemorations Kingsclere Village Club is hosting a WW1 style tea party with food and entertainment from the period. You will be surprised how well people ate!

Exhibitions about Kingsclere's War Hospital and its history during that era.

Feel free to dress the part.

For more information and to book please visit


Remembrance Service - Sunday 11 November 2018

Venue: St John’s Garden of Remembrance
Time: 10.45am

The Oakley Act of Remembrance will be led by Pastor Brian Rich to remember those who gave their lives for our country in two World Wars and many other conflicts. Especially remembered are those from the village.

Old Basing

Remembrance Parade and Service - Sunday 11 November 2018

Venue: St Mary’s Church
Time: 9am to 12pm

Old Basing Royal British Legion Remembrance Parade to St Mary’s church, followed by service at the church at 10am and march back to the legion for refreshments.

Pamber Heath

Remembrance Service - Sunday 11 November 2018

Venue: St Lukes Church
Time: 10.45am


Remembrance Service - Sunday 11 November 2018

Venue: War Memorial
Time: 10.55am


Book Launch 'In Grateful Remembrance' - Saturday 3 November 2018

Venue: Ambrose Allen Centre, Franklin Avenue Tadley
Time: 2.30pm

The Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane, Councillor Sean Keating will attend the book launch of ‘In Grateful Remembrance’ in honour of the men named on the Tadley War Memorial

Remembrance Parade and Service - Sunday 11 November 2018

Venue: Tadley School and St Pauls Church
Time: 2.50pm

Assembling at Tadley school at 2.30pm and the parade will depart at 2.50pm finishing with a service at St. Paul’s Church at 3pm followed by laying of wreaths by The War Memorial.


Remembrance Sunday Family Service - Sunday 11 November 2018

Venue: Sycamore Centre
Time: 10.30am to 11.30am

A special family friendly Remembrance Day service at the Sycamore Centre followed by refreshments. Everyone is welcome, of all ages, and it will be officiated by Jo Royal and the Life Point Church of Rooksdown. Poppies will be on sale at the hall from Saturday 27 October.

Basingstoke Symphony Orchestra: Autumn Reflections - Sunday 11 November 2018

Venue: The Anvil
Time: 7.45pm

Basingstoke Symphony Orchestra presents a programme of respectful, contemplative music for this special Remembrance Sunday.

Promising English composer Butterworth was himself killed in action on the Somme in 1916. Stephen Scotchmer’s Unanswered Prayer is a particularly poignant and appropriate piece for this concert, as is Ravel's antique miniature, Pavane pour une infante défunte.

For more information and to book please visit

The Eleventh Hour - Wednesday 28 November to Saturday 1 December 2018

Venue: The Haymarket
Time: 7.30pm, Thursday and Saturday 2pm

starring John Lyons (A Touch of Frost)

Although signed and agreed at 5am on the 11th of November 1918, the ceasefire is set at 11am to allow notice to be delivered to all fronts… and while his mother and father, wife Emmie and young son Billy are celebrating news of the end of the war back home in England, Private Harry Furber and his friend Charlie Juster are sent on one last mission into No Man's Land.

From the striking reality of the trenches to the exuberant celebrations on the home front, this play marks the centenary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War One.

Post-show Talk - Saturday 1 December, 2pm

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