Ripon Remembers: 100 Years Since the End of WWI Monday 3rd September - Saturday 17th November

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    List of events for Ripon Remembers as follows:

    Mon 3 onwards | St John’s, Sharow and across Ripon
    Silhouette Soldiers
    Silhouette Soldiers, Vision Project: A trail of steel silhouettes, recalling the images of World War 1 and remembering those who fought and returned from the front. The figures will form a trail from the British Legion graves at St John’s, Sharow through to the old encampment at Hell Wath. The figures have been created by local artists Dan Metcalfe, Jeanne Mundy and Joe Priestley, with production by Econ Engineering Ltd. For more details, email

    Sun 9 | 1pm–4pm, Ripon Grammar School
    Ripon Grammar Heritage Weekend
    An event open to the public which includes a display of information on Old Riponian war dead. For additional information please contact

    Fri 14 | From Ripon Spa Gardens to Ripon Cathedral
    Lest We Forget Poppies
    Poppies which have been knitted and crocheted by members of the public or community groups have been sewn onto nets and frames and will be displayed in shop windows and across Ripon to form a Guard of Honour between Ripon Spa Gardens and Ripon Cathedral. In addition, wooden poppies will appear on the roundabouts along the A61 Ripon bypass, the front of McDonald’s and the Moors Care Home. Lest we forget signs will also appear on all the “Welcome to Ripon” signs. For more information contact Stuart Martin on 07811 390448 or


    Wed 3 | 6pm, Ripon Cathedral
    Ripon Cathedral commemorates –
    Choral Evensong and Preview of….
    The beginning of Ripon Cathedral’s End of World War 1 Centenary Commemorations. As the Cathedral begins to remember in prayer those from Ripon killed in World War 1, people have an opportunity to view: ‘There but not There in Ripon Cathedral’ – part of a nationwide installation for the fallen; two of the iconic silhouettes of a soldier. ‘Fields of Mud, Seeds of Hope’: an earthy and sculptural piece commemorating those who served in the Great War; five battle weary silhouettes trudge home with their backs to the past, facing the future. These installations are available for public viewing every day, 9am until 5pm, until 14 November.

    Thur 4 – Wed 14 November | 9am–5pm, Ripon Cathedral
    Fields of Mud, Seeds of Hope
    There But Not There

    Fields of Mud, Seeds of Hope is a sculptural piece depicting the return from war. Using wet soil from the site of Ripon’s WW1 military hospital and donated from the Passchendaele memorial museum, five silhouettes will gradually emerge as the soil dries and cracks.

    Sat 27 – Sat 17 November | 10am, Locations across Ripon
    Ripon Trail
    Look for displays and information at locations around Ripon which will identify buildings and other areas of Ripon which are directly linked to the soldiers named on Ripon War Memorial.

    Sat 27 | 10am, Ripon Library
    ‘Ripon at War’ Exhibition
    Ripon Library is hosting an exhibition entitled Ripon at War which will focus on soldiers returning to Ripon after the War, tell stories of the War as shared by local residents and include Home Comforts (World War 1 Hospitals) and Grounds for Appeal (World War 1 tribunal) project banners on loan from North Yorkshire County Record Office. Please contact the library for additional information:


    Thur 1 | 10.30am, Ripon Library
    Trace your First World War Ancestor
    Come and learn how to use the online library resource to trace your first world war ancestors. Bring with you any details which you know such as name and date of birth or regiment, and discover and print out details from military records and medical records. There is a charge of £1 to cover printed materials. Contact the library for additional details and to book a place: 01609 536623 or

    Sat 3 | 11am, opposite North side of the Cathedral
    Blessing of the new Garden of Remembrance
    The new Garden of Remembrance will be blessed for the first time and standards lowered in honour of the fallen from previous conflicts. People will then be invited to place a wooden cross in the grassed area in remembrance of their loved ones who lost their lives through war. For more information contact Sahi Jeet Bahadur on 07881 436741.

    Sat 3 | 7.30pm, Ripon Cathedral
    “Remember” Concert – Dishforth Military Wives Choir
    A concert commemorating the centenary of the end of World War 1, featuring Dishforth Military Wives Choir, with songs from their new album Remember, released this year. On the eve of the centenary of the death of Wilfred Owen the concert will also remember him, giving thanks that he spent his final birthday here in Ripon.

    Sun 4 | 9am, Ripon Rustic Bridge to Ripon Cathedral
    Retrace Wilfred Owen’s walk into Ripon
    On the centenary of his death in action in France one week before the Armistice, we commemorate the link between Ripon and the celebrated war poet Wilfred Owen by retracing the footsteps of his daily walk into the city from the South Camp. We shall pause for prayers and poetry as we journey to the Cathedral. Meet at the Ripon Rustic Bridge at 9am arriving at the Cathedral in time for the 10.30am Eucharist.

    Thur 8 | 12.30pm, Ripon Wayside Crucifix
    Service of Remembrance at Ripon Camp Wayside Shrine
    (Northern Command Depot)

    Service of Remembrance to honour the British and Canadian troops who trained at Ripon Camp during World War 1. For additional information please contact St Wilfrid’s Church, Ripon, by calling 07388 323328 or by emailing

    Thur 8 – Sat 10 | Evenings, Ripon Cathedral
    Light Show
    A Light Show of Remembrance over a three-day period, starting on 8 November, which will include images of those people from Ripon who fought, and the names of those who fell, in World War 1. Please be aware that road closures will be in place on Duck Hill, Bedern Bank and Minster Bank on 8–10 November from 5.30pm – 10pm whilst the light show is active. For more information about access please contact Stuart Martin on 07811 390448 or email

    Thur 8 | 7pm, Ripon Cathedral
    Concert of Remembrance
    A Concert of Remembrance with the Dishforth Military Wives Choir, Ripon City Band, Ripon Schools’ Choir, poetry by Wilfred Owen and a Light Show on the front of the Cathedral. As part of the Concert of Remembrance Wilfred Owen’s bugle will be used to play The Last Post. Tickets are £8 each and available from Stuff4offices, Newton’s Solicitors, Sun Parlour Café or The Wakeman Café. For more information about the concert please contact Stuart Martin on 07811 390448 or

    Fri 9 | 11am, Ripon Grammar School
    Ripon Grammar School Act of Remembrance
    The whole school will be remembering the boys who died in both world wars. For more information, please email

    Fri 9 | 1pm, Ripon Cathedral
    Service for military children and families
    Military Kids Club Heroes Service in the Nave of Ripon Cathedral 600 children and young people from Service families from 30 schools across the county will gather together for their sixth annual Service of Remembrance. The theme this year is ‘There But not There’ drawing on reflections of World War 1 and the fact that for many of these young people, their lives are often affected by their serving parent’s absence. The event brings Service Children together for reflection and support as well as to celebrate all that they bring to their school communities.

    Fri 9, 1pm–6pm | Sat 10, 9am–1pm | Sun 11, 1pm–6pm
    St John’s Church, Bondgate
    To the End They Remain

    The event will be over three consecutive days (Friday 1pm–6pm, Saturday 9am–1pm and Sunday 1pm–6pm). There will be a cascade of poppies and other decorations, poetry readings and other activities for all ages. For more information please email

    Sat 10 | 7.30pm, Ripon Cathedral
    Britten’s War Requiem – Ripon Choral Society
    A moving end to the Ripon Choral Society’s World War 1 concert series which began in 2014, this large-scale masterpiece is one of the landmarks of modern music. Britten uses Wilfred Owen’s poetry to expose the horrors of war and this powerful work leaves the audience in no doubt about the importance of reconciliation. A percentage of ticket sales will go to the Ripon Branch of the Royal British Legion. Reserved seating tickets £22; unreserved seating tickets £20 (student concessions available). Tickets available soon at or via the ticket hotline 07986 861332 or at the Ripon Cathedral shop. For further ticket enquiries, email

    Sun 11 | 6am, Ripon Cathedral
    Battle’s Over – lone piper and prayers for peace
    As part of a nationwide act of remembrance, a lone piper, from the Air Training Corps, will play ‘Battle’s Over’, to salute those who so generously gave their lives during World War 1. A prayer of peace will follow.

    Sun 11 | 10.45am, Ripon Spa Gardens
    Act of Remembrance - including two minutes’ silence,
    laying of wreaths, followed by civic parade to the Cathedral

    Ceremony at the war memorial in Spa Gardens, including two minutes’ silence and the laying of wreaths by the Mayor of the City and other local and Service organisations. This will be followed by a civic parade to Ripon Cathedral which, this year, will include 240 young people representing those soldiers named on the Ripon War Memorial.

    Sun 11 | 11.40am, Ripon Cathedral
    Service of Remembrance
    All are welcome to the City’s service of remembrance for all those who have given their lives during war led by the Dean. Addresses will be given by the Rt Revd Nicholas Baines, Bishop of Leeds, and Bishop Ralf Meister of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Hanover, Germany. The service ends with an act of commitment to peace and the singing of the National Anthem.

    With thanks to our sponsors: The Potter Group | Mattioli Woods plc
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    With funding awarded from North Yorkshire County Council and the County Councillor Locality Budgets scheme


    Various locations across Ripon, HG4 1AG

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