Wartime arts activities for all the family to remember
Following the Remembrance Service and Parade at Basingstoke War Memorial on Sunday 11 November, which also marks the centenary of the end of the First World War, families are encouraged to get involved in a number of free events in the town.
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has supported and coordinated the participatory programme, which starts with a Make and Take Poppy Craft Workshop in Festival Place, on Sunday from 11.30am to 3.30pm. Children will have the opportunity to create their own poppy which they can then keep as a memento of the centenary.
This is being run by artist Louise Hight who led the Giant Poppy Get-together project last weekend (Saturday 3 November) to create the huge poppy which is now installed in the Basingstoke Discovery Centre.
Meanwhile in The Malls, an afternoon of fun entertainment is planned for all. The Thornycroft Girls Milly and Tilly will transport their audience back to wartime Britain where they are building cars at the Thornycroft factory in Basingstoke. Performances will take place at 12.30pm and 2.30pm.
Local storytellers will keep under-sevens enthralled with ‘Once Upon a Wartime’ tales, also in The Malls, at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Both are free events and are being presented by Scratchbuilt Productions.
Visitors to the town should also look for the four Royal British Legion Silent Silhouettes which will provide poignant reminders of the First World War ‘Tommies’ around the town centre.
Young people – and everyone else – are encouraged to share their Remembrance Day photos on social media using #BasingstokeRemembers
Remembrance Sunday events in the borough will also include a special commemorative concert at The Anvil.
Basingstoke Symphony Orchestra presents Autumn Reflections, starting at 7.45pm. Tickets are available online or at the box office http://www.anvilarts.org.uk/whats-on/basingstoke-symphony-orchestra-0
There will be Remembrance Sunday parades and services all around the borough as parishes pay their own respects to the Fallen – and some beacons will be lit in the evening.
The council's Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member responsible for Arts and Heritage Cllr Terri Reid said: “This year’s Remembrance Sunday marks a very special centenary – 100 years since the signing of the Armistice which ended the hostilities between the Allies and Germany.
“In addition to the Remembrance parades and services taking place around the borough, the council is pleased to support the Basingstoke Remembers arts event, free family-friendly activities in the town centre aimed at bringing the community together.
“I hope people of all ages will join in and enjoy the wartime-themed events which will raise awareness of the sacrifices and hardships suffered by local people who lived through the First World War. We will remember them.”
Find out more at https://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/basingstoke-remembers